ROSEMONT, Ill. – The American Association of Independent Professional Baseball announced the 2019 All-Star teams Friday morning, and three members of the Chicago Dogs were named to the North division squad.
First baseman Keon Barnum, outfielder Victor Roache and starting pitcher Luke Westphal earned All-Star recognition in their first seasons with the Dogs.
Barnum has been a home run machine this season. The former Chicago White Sox first-round selection has slugged 13 home runs, which ranks second in the American Association. Barnum is hitting at a .307 batting average clip, with a team-leading .999 OPS. A majority of Barnum’s blasts have been opposite field home runs. Barnum will be the North division’s starting first baseman.
Roache has been Chicago’s most consistent hitter, pacing the Dogs with a .326 average. The Michigan native has also tacked on 10 home runs, including a walk-off solo shot to take down Sioux Falls, 1-0, on May 29 at Impact Field. From May 21 to June 14, Roache reached base in 20 consecutive games.
No pitcher in the Association has been more dominant than Westphal. The lefthander has posted video game-like numbers this season. His first two starts of the year (11.2 innings) were hitless, and his first 28.1 innings of the season were scoreless. Westphal leads the league with 76 strikeouts, and he has recorded double-digit strikeouts in three starts. On the season, the Wisconsin native has a 7-1 record with a 2.36 ERA.
Barnum, Roache and Westphal are the first three All-Stars in Chicago Dogs history. The 2019 American Association All-Star Game will take place at CHS Field in St. Paul, Minnesota on Tuesday, July 23 at 7:05 PM.
Fans can tune in to The Chicago Dogs Baseball Network for a live broadcast of every Dogs game, with team broadcasters Sam Brief and Henrique DaMour on the call. Follow the team on social media — @TheChicagoDogs on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat — and use the hashtag #TakeABite. For more information, visit TheChicagoDogs.com.
About The Chicago Dogs:
The Chicago Dogs are members of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. Named after Chicago’s favorite and oldest culinary tradition, the Chicago Dogs’ logo features the colors and stars of the iconic Chicago flag. Home games are played at the state-of- the-art Impact Field located at 9850 Balmoral Avenue in Rosemont, Ill. The team is managed by former Boston Red Sox Manager, Butch Hobson, who brings more than 30 years of experience to Rosemont. Chicago Dogs games welcome fans of all ages for a one-of-a-kind experience where every day is fan appreciation day.