West Coast League president Donnie Marbut released the lineup of WCL All-Star Game Home Run Derby entrants this morning. Topping that list are WCL HR leaders Ben Polshuk of Victoria and Colorado Rockies 35th round draft pick Micheal Toglia of Wenatchee. Both have blasted 5 homers this summer and are tied for the league lead with Utah’s Patrick Flynn of Bend.
Polshuk, a junior-to-be at Cal Poly, is batting .283 with 5 HR and 15 RBIs. Toglia, the pride of Gig Harbor, Washington and frosh-to-be at UCLA, is hitting .272 with 5 HR and 25 RBIs. Toglia’s 25 RBIs are second to Marshall’s Tommy Lane of Bend who has knocked in 31. Lane, a South all-star, is also participating in the WCL ASG HR Derby.
For the first time, this year’s derby will feature a high school prospect (local to the Cowlitz County area). Zach Threlfall of Kelso HS earned a spot by winning a home run derby put on by the Black Bears on July 10th at David Story Field.
WCL All-Star Game HR Derby Lineup:
Bellingham Bells- Jake Vieth of Gonzaga
Bend Elks- Tommy Lane of Marshall
Corvallis Knights- Cameron Bishop of UC Irvine
Cowlitz Black Bears- Yeager Taylor of UC Riverside
Cowlitz (high school entry)- Zach Threlfall of Kelso HS
Gresham GreyWolves- Ryan Smith of Southern Illinois
Kelowna Falcons- Jake Druce of Colorado Mesa
Kitsap BlueJackets- Bryce Peterson of Everett CC
Victoria HarbourCats- Ben Polshuk of Cal Poly
Walla Walla Sweets- Willie MacIver of Washington
Wenatchee AppleSox- Michael Toglia of UCLA
Yakima Valley Pippins- Mitchell Morimoto of Arizona
The Home Run Derby is set to start at 6 pm tomorrow evening at Lower Columbia College’s David Story Field with the All-Star Game beginning shortly thereafter.
ABOUT THE WEST COAST LEAGUE
The West Coast League is the premier summer collegiate baseball league west of the Mississippi. The 12-year-old, 11-team, professionally operated wood-bat league located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest features pro prospects from major conferences across the nation and an unparalleled history out west of great fan and player experiences in addition to the best summer weather in North America. In 2015, 59 players with WCL experience were selected in the MLB June draft, and more than 200 WCL alums appeared in affiliated professional baseball including 25 in the major leagues, such as home-run leader Chris Davis (Baltimore), NL Rookie of the Year runner-up Matt Duffy (San Francisco) and rising star pitchers Matt Andriese (Tampa Bay) and Josh Osich (San Francisco). Overall member attendance exceeded 400,000 in 2015. The 2016 54-game campaign opens tonight.