June 14, 2012
A pair of former Auburn baseball players have been selected to play in their respective league's All-Star Games next Tuesday night. Ty Kelley has been selected for the Midwest League annual showcase while Hunter Morris will play in the Southern League All-Star contest.
Kelley, a right-handed pitcher for the Cedar Rapids Kernels, is currently one of only five Midwest League pitchers to record double-digit saves on the year, collecting 10. In 23 games, all relief appearances, he is 3-0 with a 1.16 ERA, recording more strike outs (27) than hits allowed (25) in 31 innings. An undrafted free-agent signee of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim following the 2010 season, he has allowed just seven runs (four earned) for the Kernels and will be pitching for the Western Division All-Stars in next week's game, which will be played at Kane County.
Morris, a first baseman for the Huntsville Stars, is currently hitting .287 with a Southern League-best 23 doubles, two triples, seven home runs and 40 RBI, which are tied for third in the league. In 63 games this season the lefty ranks tied for third in the league in hits (68) and tied for second in total bases (116). Defensively he leads the Southern League in fielding percentage at first base with a .998 mark, committing just one error in 63 games. In 2011 he set a single-season franchise record with 19 home runs for Class-A Brevard County. A fourth-round pick of the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2010 MLB Draft, he is rated as the Best Power Hitter in the Brewers organization according to Baseball America. The Southern League All-Star Game will be hosted by the Tennessee Smokies.
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