Dey, 8 other Bombers named All-Stars

Bombers first baseman Jordan Dey takes a swing at a pitch during a June 30 game against Clarinda. Dey has been named to the North Division team for the first MINK League All-Star game.

Sam Perez delivers a pitch during a game against Chillicothe.

Jonothan Ramon rounds third after hitting a home run against Chillicothe. Ramon has been selected to play in the All-Star game and participate in home run derby.

Jordan Dey is one of nine Sedalia Bombers who will take the field for the North Division at the first MINK League All-Star game Thursday in St. Joseph.

Though he has spent most of the season at first base, Dey was selected as an outfielder, joining teammates Justin Holt and Jarod Perry. Dey is hitting .307 and has driven in 20 runs.

Holt is hitting .333 which leads the team. Perry is hitting .300.

Jonothan Ramon will play third base with Trey Harris at second and Landon Mason at shortstop. Mason, hitting .308 this season, might miss the game after suffering a wrist injury. Perry has also been slowed with a leg injury but is expected to play.

Ramon, who currently leads the league in home runs with seven, will also participate in the home run derby with Bombers manager Craig McAndrews pitching to him.

Bombers pitchers Sam Perez, Dylan Hastings and Justin Murphy were also selected. In four starts, Perez has a 4-0 record with a 0.96 ERA and a league-leading 45 strikeouts and was named the league’s Pitcher of the Week on Monday after striking out 12 in a win over St. Joseph on Saturday.

In 12 relief appearances, Hastings has allowed just two earned runs for an ERA of 0.96. Murphy is also 4-0 in four starts with a 1.44 ERA.

“We’ve got a great team I believe,” McAndrews said. “It’s a great group of guys and the six hitters are all above .300 and they’re all versatile. It helps our depth. I think we could have had a couple more pitchers but the maximum is three. It’s hard to pick three when you’ve got five or six good ones.”

The Bombers’ staff will also be there but will be in the other dugout. The Bombers won the South Division last season before realignment moved them to the North this year. McAndrews and GM Jud Kindle will be leading the South against a squad that included many of their own players.

The South Division roster includes Branson Nationals shortstop and Warsaw native Brad Jelinek. Jelinek is hitting .309.

“I look at the All-Star game as fun,” McAndrews said. “I want to win, but at the same time there’s exposure for the guys. It’ll be different looking over and seeing Sam pitch against my team.”

All-Star festivities will begin with a pro-scout day for players at 10 a.m. McAndrews said the league expects 10-20 scouts there as the players hope to hear their names called in next year’s draft.

Teams will take batting practice beginning at 3 p.m. and the home run derby is slated to start shortly after 5 p.m. First pitch for the All-Star game is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.

Sedalia Democrat
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