TORONTO - The Intercounty Baseball League today announced its annual All-Star selections, along with the Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year Award winners.
Jordan Castaldo of the Barrie Baycats was selected as the winner of the John Bell Memorial Trophy as the league’s Most Valuable Player, taking the majority of votes from league managers, while Chandler McLaren of the Guelph Royals was the winner of the Brian Kerr Memorial Trophy as the league’s top rookie.
Castaldo led the IBL in batting with a .414 average along with 11 home runs and 41 RBI’s. He picked up 33 points in the voting, nine ahead of Kitchener’s Sean Reilly. Byron Reichstein of the London Majors finished in third place with nine votes.
McLaren, a native of Guelph, finished 11th in the batting race in his first IBL season. A 22-year-old outfielder, he hit .337 with six doubles, one triple, one home run and 14 RBI’s. He received 20 votes, while Jim Martin of the Burlington Bandits finished second in the rookie voting with 17 votes. Barrie’s Brodie Harkness and Kitchener’s Mike Schnurr were tied for third with 11 points each.
In the all-star voting, Castaldo, was a repeat selection at first base and was the only unanimous selection, receiving the maximum 35 votes. Josh Garton (2B) of Guelph, Tanner Nivins (OF) and Reilly (DH), both of Kitchener, and Jamie Richmond (RHP) of Brantford also repeated as first team selections.
Joining those five on the first team were two other Kitchener Panthers - David Whiteside at third base and Scott David at catcher, Guelph’s Keith Kandel at shortstop and a pair of London Major outfielders, Chris Dennis and Reichstein. Barrie’s Brad Bissell (LHP) and manager Angus Roy rounded out the first team.
Kitchener skipper Steve Scagnetti picked up the nomination as manager of the second all-star team.
The Baycats led the way with six selections on either the first or second team, followed by the Kitchener Panthers with five. The Guelph Royals were next with four followed by London and Brantford with three players each.
FIRST TEAM SECOND TEAM
POS, PLAYER, TEAM, PTS PLAYER, TEAM, PTS
1B - Jordan Castaldo Barrie 35 Justin Interisano Guelph 15
2B - Josh Garton Guelph 26 Branfy Arias Barrie 24
3B - David Whiteside Kitchener 33 Jeff Hunt Brantford 22
SS - Keith Kandel Guelph 30 Lee Delfino Brantford 14
C - Scott David Kitchener 33 Derrik Strzalkowski London 15
OF - Tanner Nivins Kitchener 33 Bruce Yari Guelph 22
OF - Byron Reichstein London 31 Steve Lewis Barrie 21
OF - Chris Dennis London 26 Dre Celestijn Hamilton 22
DH - Sean Reilly Kitchener 30 Jon Waltenbury Toronto 28
RHP- Jamie Richmond Brantford 23 Matthew St. Kitts Burlington 14
LHP- Brad Bissell Barrie 24 Dan Meyer Barrie 18
MGR- Angus Roy Barrie 28 Steve Scagnetti Kitchener 11
- Jordan Castaldo, Barrie, 31
- Sean Reilly, Kitchener, 24
- Byron Reichstein, London, 9
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
- Chandler McLaren, Guelph, 20
- Jim Martin, Burlington 17
- Brodie Harkness, Barrie 11
- Mike Schnurr, Kitchener 11