Bulls Pitcher Earns Dual Honors

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Bulls Pitcher Earns Dual Honors

Jeff Niemann
Bulls Pitcher Jeff Niemann has been selected for the 2007 Major League Baseball All-Star Futures Game and the International League Triple-A All-Star Game.

Congratulations to Durham Bulls pitcher Jeff Niemann for being selected to play in the 2007 Major League Baseball All-Star Futures Game and elected to the International League Squad in the 2007 Triple-A All-Star Game. Niemann will have a busy weekend, playing for the US Team in the Futures Game on Sunday, July 8th in San Francisco, then flying to Albuquerque, NM for the All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 11th.

Bulls Pitcher Jeff Niemann Named to 2007 All-Star Futures Roster

Rosters for the ninth annual XM All-Star Futures Game have been announced by Major League Baseball, MLB.com, Minor League Baseball and Baseball America. Durham Bulls pitcher Jeff Niemann was selected to the USA team that will play against a roster of International Players at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Sunday, July 8th at 1:00pm (PDT).

Niemann, the first round selection of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2004 (4th overall), is 7-4 with a 3.83 ERA in 15 starts for the Bulls. He is currently ranked third in the International League in wins and first in strikeouts (82).

He is the eighth Durham Bull to make a Futures Game roster. He joins

  • B.J. Upton (2005 & 2006),
  • Juan Salas (2006),
  • Bill Evers (2004),
  • Pete LaForest (2003),
  • Carl Crawford (2002),
  • Gerardo Garcia (2002) and
  • Toby Hall (2001).

The XM All-Star Futures Game will feature the top Minor League prospects competing against each other as part of Taco Bell® All-Star Sunday at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Sunday, July 8th at 1:00pm (PDT). XM will provide satellite radio play-by-play coverage of the XM All-Star Futures Game starting at 12:30pm (PDT) (3:30pm EDT) on XM 176 in addition to its other comprehensive live coverage from San Francisco.

The game will be televised live on ESPN2. Taco Bell® All-Star Sunday is the first of three days of All-Star events at AT&T Park in San Francisco, culminating with the 78th All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 10th.

Major League Baseball, in conjunction with the 30 Major League Clubs, MLB.com and Baseball America, selected the 25-man rosters for each club, the U.S. Team and the World Team. Each Major League organization is represented and the World Team features players from 11 different countries and territories. Players from all full-season Minor Leagues were eligible to participate.

Complete Futures Game Rosters

Bulls Pitcher Jeff Niemann Named to International League All-Star Team

The International League has announced the members of its 2007 All-Star team with pitcher Jeff Niemann elected to represent the Durham Bulls.

The squad of 28 league standouts will take on the Pacific Coast League’s best in the 20th annual Triple-A All-Star Game, slated for July 11th at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico. First pitch is set for 7:35pm (EDT). Many names on the IL roster can be found atop the leaderboards in several of the league’s statistical categories. Louisville utility man and current Triple-A batting-leader Jeff Keppinger (.359 2HR, 12RBI) was selected to the team and will be joined by Rochester infielder Matt Tolbert (.349, 3 HR, 27 RBI) who sits in second place in the IL batting race. Toledo’s Timo Perez is the league’s leader in hits and doubles and was elected to an outfield spot on the team.

In the heart of this potent lineup, Toledo sluggers Mike Hessman (.268, 23 HR, 75 RBI) and Ryan Raburn (.302, 15 HR, 59 RBI) will team up with Shelley Duncan (.302, 19 HR, 58 RBI) of the Scranton/WB Yankees to round out a powerful trio that currently holds the top three spots in the league’s home run, RBI, and slugging percentage categories.

Currently tied for the league lead in victories, Indianapolis hurler Bryan Bullington (9-4, 3.43 ERA) was elected as a starting pitcher along with the league’s 2nd-place strikeout specialist, Jeff Niemann (8-4, 3.65 ERA) of the Durham Bulls. Anchoring the bullpen will be the IL’s top two closers, Norfolk’s Cory Doyne (1.82 ERA, 21 Saves) and Columbus’ Chris Booker (3.74 ERA, 20 Saves).

The IL All-Star squad is made up of 13 elected players who have received the most votes from ballots submitted by clubs’ field managers and general managers (1/3), selected members of the media (1/3), and online fan voting (1/3). Each of the IL’s 14 clubs will be sending representatives to Albuquerque, with the Rochester Red Wings leading the way with four All- Stars, followed by Indianapolis, Louisville, Pawtucket, and defending two-time Governors’ Cup Champion Toledo, who will all send three players.

The International League will look to pick up its second consecutive win at the mid-summer classic after coming out victorious in the 2006 All-Star Game held in Toledo, Ohio. This will be the tenth showdown under the current IL vs. PCL format, as the first ten contests pitted All-Stars selected from National League affiliates against those from the American League. The PCL currently leads the overall series with a record of 5-and-4.

Additional information about the 2007 Triple-A All-Star Game and its festivities can be found on the official websites of the Pacific Coast League, the International League, and the Albuquerque Isotopes.

Thanks to DBBC’s Matt DeMargel for these capcom stories & photo.

 

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