FIU first baseman/pitcher Gunnar McNeill and catcher J.C. Escarra were named to the Valley League All-Star team after solid first halves of the summer season for the Staunton Braves.
McNeill (photo, below left) led the Valley League in hitting until last night. McNeill is second now with a .413 average along with two home runs and 25 RBI. Last Saturday, McNeill was named the Hitter of the Night after going 4 for 4 with a second inning grand slam in a 14-3 win.
Escarra is hitting .344 with one home run and five RBI. Escarra will take over as the Panthers catcher in 2015 after Aramis Garcia was drafted by the San Francisco Giants.
Over in the Cape Cod League, FIU second baseman Edwin Rios is batting .306 with three home runs and 14 RBI for the Orleans Firebirds. Right-hander Robby Kalaf has pitched 4 2/3 innings allowed two hits, no runs, struck out four batters and recorded a save for the Harwich Mariners.
Outfielder Brian Portelli is hitting well for the Victoria Generals of the Texas Collegiate League. Portelli, who was one of FIU's more consistent batters last season, is hitting .343 with two home runs and 22 RBI. Portelli is currently third in the summer league in batting.
Jason Morozowski is tearing up the South Florida League hitting .341 with a home run and 16 RBI for the South Florida Breakers. Morozowski, who has pitched in relief during his time at FIU, was an excellent hitter in high school at Archbishop McCarthy. Maybe Morozowski gets some at-bats next season.
Brandon Gomez is on the west coast playing in the Southern California Collegiate Baseball League for the Palm Springs Power. Gomez is hitting .297 with a home run and 12 RBI.
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