Three Muckdogs Named NY-Penn League All-Stars

Infielder Andrew Brown and pitchers Jess Todd and Josh Dew of the Batavia Muckdogs are 2007 New York-Penn League All-Stars.

On Wednesday, the New York-Penn League announced their 2007 All-Star teams. The Cardinals' affiliate, the Batavia Muckdogs, have three players named to the National League squad. They are first baseman Andrew Brown and right-handed pitchers Jess Todd and Josh Dew. Todd is a tandem starter and Dew is the club's closer. All three players were part of the Cardinals' draft class of 2007.

Dutchess Stadium, the home of the Hudson Valley Renegades (Tampa Bay), will play host to the third annual New York-Penn League All-Star Game on Tuesday, August 14, 2007 as the National League takes on the American League stars. The Birdhouse will be right there to capture all the action and bring it to you.

Dew, the organization's 14th round selection from Troy University, has logged nine saves of the Muckdogs' 18 wins this season. The 22-year-old has struck out 19 batters while walking just three in 16 2/3 innings pitched and registered a 2.70 ERA.

Todd, the club's second-round pick from the University of Arkansas, has put up an impressive 2.94 ERA as a tandem starter. The 21-year-old has fanned 58 while walking only 12 batters in 49 innings over 12 games pitched. Todd has made six appearances as the first starter (75 pitches) and six as the second starter (65 pitches).

Brown, 21, joined the Cardinals as their 18th round pick this June out of the University of Nebraska. The right-handed hitting first baseman was named to the All-Star team as a utility player.

The 6-foot-0, 185 pound Brown has posted a .255/.335/.497 (AVG/OBP/SLG) line with five home runs and 26 RBI for the Muckdogs in 153 at-bats. Brown started slowly as a professional, hitting just .211 in June before putting together a solid .288 mark in July.

Check back here tomorrow for an exclusive subscriber-only interview with Muckdogs Manager Mark DeJohn with his comments on his three 2007 All-Stars and much more!



Brian Walton can be reached via email at brwalton@earthlink.net.

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