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Miracle land four All-Stars

June 3, 2014
Special to the Breeze , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Fort Myers Miracle will have four representatives at the 53rd Florida State League All-Star game on Saturday, June 14, at McKechnie Field in Bradenton.

Pitchers Jose Berrios, David Hurlbut and Brett Lee are joined on the South roster by outfielder Adam Brett Walker as announced by league president Chuck Murphy Tuesday.

"We are very honored to be sending four players to this year's All-Star Game," said Miracle manager Doug Mientkiewicz. "To be selected to any All-Star Game is truly an honor. Congratulations go out to all of the players selected this year."

Berrios, 20, is the reigning FSL Pitcher of the Week for May 26-June 1 after posting new season and career highs in strikeouts in Sunday's win over the Tampa Yankees. The 32nd overall selection in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft by the Minnesota Twins, Berrios tossed a seven-inning complete game shutout in his last start, allowing just one hit and facing two over the minimum.

Berrios has a 5-2 record in 10 starts with a 2.24 earned run average. Over 56 1/3 innings pitched, he has give up 20 runs, 14 earned, with 17 walks and 65 strikeouts. Berrios' strikeout total is currently third in the FSL. He has won four of his last five starts and registered 45 punchouts in 31 1/3 innings. His strikeout per nine innings ratio is third in the league at 10.38 and his ERA is 10th best in the FSL.

Hurlbut, 24, was a 28th round pick by the Twins in 2011. Beginning the season in the bullpen, Hurlbut entered the Miracle rotation on April 19 after giving up just one run in seven innings over three appearances as a reliever. As a starter, Hurlbut has posted a 3-3 record with a 2.16 ERA in 50 innings.

Overall this season, Hurlbut has a 2.05 ERA in 57 innings with 11 walks and 31 strikeouts.

Lee, 23, was a 10th round pick by the Twins in 2011. In nine games, eight starts, this year, Lee has a 5-1 mark and an ERA at 2.36. Over 45 2/3 innings, Lee has surrendered just 12 earned runs, issued only nine walks and struck out 26. After going 3-1 in five starts in April, Lee followed with a terrific May with a 2-0 mark and an ERA at 1.20.

Walker, 22, is the only position player for the Miracle to make the South Division roster. A third-round pick by the Twins in 2012 out of Jacksonville University, Walker currently leads the FSL in home runs with 12. After hitting just .208 in April, Walker has been on fire since May 17. In his last 15 games, he is 19-for-59, a .322 average, with seven homers and 22 RBI.

On the season, Walker is hitting .239 and his 41 RBI currently is third-best in the league. In 54 games, he has hit seven doubles, scored 31 runs and stolen five bases.

The Home Run Derby precedes the All-Star Game at 5:30 p.m. Fans interested in tickets can call the Bradenton Marauders box office at 941-747-3031.



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