Jefferson, Merciez Named California Collegiate League All-Stars
July 11, 2014
SPRINGFIED, Mo. - Two additional Bears locked up summer league all-star roster spots this week, as Alex Jefferson and Zach Merciez were selected for the 2014 California Collegiate League (CCL) All-Star Game, which will be played on Wednesday, July 16 at the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton, Calif., and televised nationally by Fox Sports West at 9 p.m. (CT).
One of five So Cal Catch players named to this year's CCL All-Star roster, Jefferson leads the Catch in both stolen bases (19) and runs scored (18) while drawing 10 walks in 27 games. He ranks second in the CCL with 14 stolen bases during league play. The sophomore-to-be was one of MSU's most productive newcomers this past spring, scoring 15 runs and driving in four more in just 62 official at-bats. Despite missing six weeks of the season due to injury, the Normal, Ill., product batted .226 in 31 games and posted a .360 on-base percentage to go along with a home run and two steals.
Merciez has been a dominant force out of the San Luis Obispo bullpen, logging a perfect 6-0 mark and a miniscule 0.95 ERA in 15 appearances spanning 28 1/3 innings. The senior right-hander has limited the opposition to a .211 batting average and recorded 18 strikeouts while issuing just five walks. The Bartlesville, Okla., native is coming off his best season as a Bear in which he made a team-high 21 relief appearances. Merciez finished with a 1-3 record and a 3.48 ERA over 33.2 innings pitched, earning Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District honors in the process. He enters his final collegiate campaign just five mound appearances shy of the Bears' career top 10 for games pitched.
Additionally, incoming transfer Justin Paulsen (Jefferson College) was picked for the Prospect League All-Star Game, which was held Tuesday (July 8) in Terre Haute, Ind. The first baseman is hitting .303 with a home run and 17 RBIs for the Richmond RiverRats.