Wacha, Peterson Named to PCL All-Star Team

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Right-hander pitcher Michael Wacha and first baseman Brock Peterson have been named to the Pacific Coast League All-Star team. They will represent the Redbirds on the 30-man squad that takes on the International League stars in the 2013 Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 17, at Aces Ballpark in Reno, Nevada. The All-Star nods are the first honors for both players in their professional careers.

Wacha is 4-1 with a 2.34 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 10 starts for Memphis this season. Before having his contract purchased by St. Louis in late May, Wacha led all qualified PCL starting pitchers with a .187 average against (35-for-187), and fewest baserunners per nine innings (8.12), while ranking second in WHIP (0.90) and ERA (2.05). He was selected as a reserve pitcher by the PCL office.

The right-hander also made three starts in the big leagues, where he went 1-0 with a 4.58 ERA and 14 strikeouts.

Peterson, who was elected as a starter at first base by the PCL office, is batting .311 (92-for-296) with a league-leading 19 home runs, and 59 RBIs in a team-leading 81 games played for the Redbirds.

Peterson ranks tied for the PCL lead in extra-base hits (41), third in total bases (171) and OPS (.968), fourth in slugging percentage (.578) and RBIs, and tied for seventh in doubles (22).

Peterson was signed by the Cardinals as a minor league free agent in August 2012 and is currently in his 11th professional season.

Wacha is in his second professional season in the Cardinals organization after being drafted in the first round (19th overall) in the June 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Texas A&M University. He is a member of the St. Louis Cardinals’ 40-man roster.

The 2013 Triple-A All-Star game will be broadcast live on MLB Network as well as on the radio on Sports 56 WHBQ at 8:05 p.m. CDT.

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