Saturday, August 13, 2016

Staten Island Yankees Send Three to All-Star Game

Solak, Bridges, Mahoney named New York-Penn League All-Stars


STATEN ISLAND- Three Staten Island Yankee players, Nick Solak, Drew Bridges and Kolton Mahoney, will represent the organization in the 2016 New York-Penn League All-Star Game on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls, N.Y., home of the Hudson Valley Renegades.

Second baseman Nick Solak was the New York Yankees’ second round selection, 62nd overall, in the 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Louisville. Solak, a native of Woodridge, Ill., was named a 2016 Third-Team All-American byBaseball America after batting .376 with five home runs in 47 games at the Louisville. In his first professional season with Staten Island, Solak is batting .301 with three home runs, 15 RBIs and seven stolen bases in 39 games.

First and third baseman Drew Bridges is in his second season with Staten Island. Primarily a third baseman in 2015, Bridges played in 55 games, batting .211 with four home runs and 25 RBIs. The 2013 20th round pick has shown growth in 2016, adding a part-time role at first base while batting .308 with 12 doubles, four home runs and 22 RBIs in 43 games.

Pitcher Kolton Mahoney made a return to the Staten Island rotation in 2016, continuing his consistent success on the mound. After being drafted in 16th round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft out of Brigham Young University, Mahoney helped lead the Staten Island to a McNamara Division title, posting a 3-2 record with a 2.29 ERA. In 2016, the Utah native is 4-3 with a 2.42 ERA and tossed a complete game shutout against the Auburn Doubledays on July 31.

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