PORTLAND, Maine — Five Portland Sea Dogs have been selected to the Eastern Division team for the Eastern League All-Star game on July 16 at Peoples Natural Gas Field in Altoona, Pennsylvania, home of the Altoona Curve.
Pitchers Brian Johnson and Henry Owens along with infielders Sean Coyle and Derrik Gibson and catcher Blake Swihart will represent the Boston Red Sox’s Double-A affiliate.
Second baseman Coyle is hitting .355 (71-for-200) with 11 home runs and 47 RBIs in 59 games Coyle will represent the U.S. squad at the All-Star Futures Game on July 13 at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins.
Gibson, who has played both the infield and outfield this season, ranks ninth in the Eastern League in hitting at .321 (71-for-221). In 65 games he has collected 13 doubles and 22 RBIs along with 44 runs scored.
Left-handed pitcher Johnson joined the Sea Dogs on May 2 from High-A Salem. In 11 starts with the Sea Dogs, he has produced a 7-1 record with a 1.73 ERA..
Owens entered the season as the Red Sox top pitching prospect and No. 2 prospect overall, according to Baseball America. The 21-year-old left-hander is 12-3 with a 2.21 ERA and 111 strikeouts in 17 games. He leads the Eastern League in wins (12), ERA (2.21), strikeouts (111), complete games (3), shutouts (2), and average against (.183). Owens will also represent the U.S. squad at the All-Star Futures Game.
Swihart is hitting .294 (80-for-272) with 16 doubles, nine home runs and 44 RBIs in 71 games. Swihart leads the league in throwing out attempted base stealers at .532 (25-for-47).
Each West and East team will consist of 24 players. The players were selected through fan voting along with selections from media personnel, club field personnel and Eastern League administrators. Each Eastern League team has at least three players, including at least one pitcher and one position player. One position player and one pitcher from each team are selected through fan voting. Swihart and Owens were the fan selections for the Sea Dogs.