The Lake Elsinore Storm are proud to announce the naming of four players to the 2014 California League All-Star Team. Hunter Renfroe, Joe Ross, Diego Goris and Trevor Gott will take part in the All-Star Game against the Carolina League All-Stars on Tuesday, June 17 in Wilmington, Delaware. 21 other players were named to the California League squad.
Hunter Renfroe has thus far met and even exceeded the lofty expectations set out for him at the beginning of the season. A native of Crystal Springs, Mississippi, Renfroe leads the league in home runs (15) and is third in RBI (48), while leading the Storm in those categories and stolen bases (9). The former Mississippi State Bulldog is hitting .341 in his last ten games, collecting a knock in eight of those contests, and has posted a .286 batting average in 59 games this season. Renfroe will be one of the starters for the California League.
Joe Ross has headlined the Storm starting rotation all season, and the 21-year old righty continues to impress on the mound. A 2011 first-round pick, Ross is 5-3 with a 3.07 ERA in twelve starts this year. He leads the Storm in ERA, strikeouts (62) and WHIP (1.13), and shares the team lead in wins. The younger brother of Padres starter Tyson, Joe has been named to the second All-Star team of his professional career after making the Eastern Division roster as a member of the Fort Wayne TinCaps (Low A) last season.
Storm shortstop Diego Goris has had a breakout year in 2014, posting a league-leading .341 average in 53 games this season. The Santiago, Dominican Republic product leads Lake Elsinore in hits (74) and runs scored (40), and is second to Renfroe in home runs (10) and RBI (35).
Trevor Gott has been lights-out in the closer role for the Storm this year. The all-time saves leader at the University of Kentucky in his hometown of Lexington, Gott is second in the league in saves (15) and has fooled California League hitters with a healthy diet of mid-90s fastballs mixed with devastating off-speed pitches.
The 2014 All-Star Game will be the 18th contest between the California and Carolina Leagues. The Carolina League has won the last two games between the squads, and they lead the all-time series with a record of 8-6-2. This year’s event will be hosted by the Wilmington Blue Rocks on Tuesday, June 17.