TUCSON, Ariz. – University of Arizona baseball players Kevin Newman, Nathan Bannister and Bobby Dalbec will represent their summer league teams at the 2014 Cape League All-Star game. The 52nd edition of the event will be held Sunday, July 27, at 6 p.m. (EDT) at Doran Park in Bourne, Mass.
A two-time All-Pac-12 selection, Newman also earns his second-consecutive All-Star nod in the Cape Cod Baseball League. The Falmouth Commodores shortstop, who recently completed his sophomore season at Arizona, was named a starter at the position for the West Division.
In the All-Star game, Newman could face Nathan Bannister, who was selected as a reserve pitcher for the East Division. The right-hander, who also finished his sophomore season with the Wildcats, has turned in a strong summer with the Orleans Firebirds. His Orleans teammate, freshman Bobby Dalbec, is one of four players named to the East Division roster to participate in the home run derby.
Last summer, Newman became the first freshman ever to lead the Cape Cod Baseball League in batting average (.375). The Poway, Calif., native missed a handful of games earlier this summer as he participated in tryouts for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, but has returned to hit at a blistering clip in his second stint in the wooden bat summer league.
Through Saturday’s action, Newman was leading the league with a .387 batting average. He checks in fourth overall with a .456 on base percentage, and has scored 11 runs and driven in 14 over his 19 games played.
Bannister has impressed in his first summer in the Cape after starring in the Alaska Baseball League in 2013. Bannister boasts a 3-0 record with an lowly 1.50 earned run average over 24.0 innings pitched in five total appearances, including two starts. He has struck out 19, walked only two and scattered 15 hits, while allowing four runs.
Dalbec has continued to be a valuable two-way player for the Firebirds. Named a Lousiville Slugger Freshman All-American last month, Dalbec is hitting .180 in the Cape, but has three home runs and has driven in 13 runs in 19 game splayed. The right-hander has also recorded a save and turned in a 2.84 earned run average in seven appearances as a pitcher.
Bannister and Dalbec have positioned Orleans atop the East Division standings with a 19-11-1 record through Saturday’s action. Newman and the Commodores are in second place in the West Division with a 17-13-1 record.