PISCATAWAY, NJ – Five former Rutgers University baseball players were named to their respective all-star teams this month. At the AA level, pitcher Bobby Brownlie (Edison, NJ) of the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx will be a member of the Western Division All-Stars when the Southern League holds its game on July 13 in Chattanooga, TN. Greenville Braves outfielder Billy McCarthy (Sewell, NJ) was named to the Eastern Division team, but has since been promoted to the AAA Richmond Braves and will be unavailable to play. Also at the AA level, outfielder Val Majewski (Freehold, NJ) will represent the Bowie Baysox in the Eastern League All-Star game, which will be played on July 14 in his home ballpark. Outfielder Pete Zoccolillo (White Plains, NY) will travel to the AAA All-Star game at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, RI on July 14 as well.
Brownlie is 7-5 with a 2.94 ERA for the Diamond Jaxx this season, posting one of the top ERAs in the league. In a league-best 95 innings, he has allowed just 78 hits and 23 walks, while striking out 68. In his most recent start (7/1), Brownlie allowed just two hits in six shutout innings as West Tennessee defeated Montgomery, 2-1.
McCarthy, meanwhile, was hitting .309 with 11 doubles, nine home runs and 41 RBI through June 23, when he was promoted to Richmond. Since joining the Braves’ top farm team, McCarthy is hitting .273. McCarthy went head-to-head with Brownlie prior to his promotion and was 0-for-2 with a walk.
Majewski, who was also selected to play in the prestigious Major League Baseball Futures Game on July 11, is hitting .297 with 15 doubles, three triples, 11 home runs and 50 RBI for the Bowie Baysox. He has also stole seven bases and scored 47 runs in 72 games thus far.
Zoccolillo, who made his major league debut last year with the Milwaukee Brewers, is among the Pacific Coast League’s top all-round players as a member of the Oklahoma City Red Hawks, the Texas Rangers’ top affiliate. Zoccolillo is hitting .307 with 19 doubles, one triple, 13 home runs and 56 RBI in 66 games.
In all, five former RU standouts will make All-Star appearances this summer, as Darren Fenster (Middletown, NJ) was named to the Class A Carolina League All-Star team for the second time in his career (2002). Fenster, who will start at third base, was leading the league in hitting at the time of his selection and is currently hitting .326 with 17 doubles as a member of the Wilmington (DE) Blue Rocks.
There are currently 15 members of the Rutgers program playing professionally this summer, including Texas Rangers infielder/outfielder Eric Young, now in his 12th major league season.