The 2012 Frontier League All-Star game, set to take place tonight in Normal, Ill., will have a trio of Lake Erie Crushers participating in the activities.
Starting pitcher Paul Fagan has made the All-Star roster for the first time since 2009. Fagan has been the ace of the Lake Erie rotation in 2012, posting a 4-3 record in 10 starts so far this season. Fagan currently ranks eighth in the Frontier League with a 2.63 ERA, second in innings pitched with 65.0 and 10th in strikeouts with 42. He has been the anchor of the Lake Erie pitching staff, which currently ranks second in the league in ERA with an astounding 3.69 team ERA.
Russell Moldenhauer will also be participating in Normal tonight. As the cleanup hitter for the Crushers, Moldenhauer has posted very impressive stats. In his first year in the Frontier League, Moldenhauer currently leads the league in doubles with 18. Moldenhauer also ranks near the league leaders in batting average, slugging percentage and OPS.
Crushers closer Jonathan Kountis has been chosen by the All-Star coaching staff for the East Division, led by Gregg Langbehn from the Traverse City Beach Bums. In 18 appearances, Kountis has given up just two earned runs on the season. He has 30 strikeouts in 27.1 innings pitched, and ranks fourth in the Frontier League with eight saves. Kountis has faced 111 batters on the season, only 15 of whom have gotten a hit.
Kountis is in his first season with the Crushers, taking over the closer’s role from last year’s star, Ruben Flores. It has taken him very little time to establish himself as one of the premier back-of-the-bullpen pitchers in the Frontier League.