Things’ Yevoli added to All-Star roster

July 10, 2014

The Wild Things will have a seventh player in the Frontier League All-Star game Wednesday night in Sauget, Ill. Relief pitcher Al Yevoli was one of the three manager selections added to the East Division roster Thursday by Washington’s Bart Zeller, who will manage the East.

Yevoli, who is in his third season with the Wild Things, has a 2-2 record and 2.58 ERA in a team-high 24 appearances. Zeller’s other selections were Florence corner infielder Sam Eberle (.315) and Lake Erie pitcher Jordan McCoy (2-0, 1.80).

Gateway manager Phil Warren added Grizzlies pitcher Richard Barrett (1-1, 11 saves, 1.42), Normal infielder Santiago Chirino (.337) and Schaumburg catcher Mike Valadez (.218).

Yevoli, who has had two stints in affiliated ball with the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves mixed in with his time with Washington, said he was surprised to make the all-star team.

“This is the first time I’ve been on an all-star team or even received some kind of postseason all-star award since high school,” Yevoli said. “I knew I had some good numbers, but there are a lot of guys here and throughout the league with good numbers. It’s awesome to be going.”

Previously, Washington outfielders C.J. Beatty, Danny Poma and Stewart Ijames, third baseman Carter Bell, starting pitcher Shawn Blackwell and closer Jonathan Kountis were named to the East all-stars. Poma and Ijames will start, as will Beatty, who will be the East’s designated hitter.

“My reaction to all those guys making the all-star team is fantastic, it was well-deserving,” Zeller said. “They worked their butts off and got us where we are. Playing in the all-star game is an experience they will never forget.”

Zeller was assured of coaching the East team when the Wild Things split a doubleheader Wednesday against Lake Erie, keeping them one game ahead of second-place Evansville in the standings. The managers of the teams leading each division after Wednesday’s games were given the assignment of managing their division in the all-star game, which is being hosted by Gateway.

Chris Dugan has been covering local sports for more than 30 years and has been with the Observer-Reporter since 1986. He was named sports editor in 2006. Before joining the O-R, he was sports editor at the Democrat-Messenger in Waynesburg. He is a former member of the Baseball Writers Association of America. If you have an idea for a story, send him an email at

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