Patterson, an 8th round selection out of Georgia Tech in 2004, heads into Wednesday’s game leading the league in batting average at .333. He is also in the top five in the league in stolen bases (38), hits (139), runs (85), triples (10), on-base percentage (.406) and slugging percentage (.529). Patterson also leads all MWL second basemen in fielding percentage with only nine errors in 106 games. Eric has homered 13 times and driven in 67 while leading the team in walks. With 13 games remaining he is 16th on the Chiefs single season list in hits, third on the single season slugging list, 6th in average, 11th in stolen bases, 8th in triples and 8th in runs scored.
Harvey, the 6th overall selection in 2003 out of Dunedin (FL) High School, leads the MWL in homers (22) and RBI (92) with 13 games to play despite battling hamstring injuries and back spasms. Harvey is 6th in the league with 29 doubles, 3rd with 53 extra base hits and 5th with a .502 slugging percentage. Ryan is batting .266 with 65 runs scored. He has a shot at the single season Chiefs RBI record of 104 and is currently 6th on the single season home run list.
Gallagher, a 12th round pick in 2004 out of St. Thomas Aquinas (FL) High School, made headlines in April and May by starting the season with 40 2/3 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run. The stretch was a Chiefs record and he was within five outs of a Midwest League mark when the first earned run scored in mid-May. With an expected two starts remaining, Sean is 13-5 with a 2.86 ERA on the season. He is now second in the league in ERA for the first time all year and tied for first in wins. In addition, Gallagher enters play tonight 4th in the league in strikeouts (132). Gallagher started the Chiefs no-hitter on April 20th in Cedar Rapids throwing the first six innings. He also tossed the first six innings of the Chiefs one-hitter at home against Kane County on May 1st. He is 8th on the Chiefs single season win list, 15th on the ERA list, and 20th on the strikeout list.
The MWL Post-Season All-Star Team was selected by a vote of league managers. In addition to the three Chiefs, the rest of the team consisted of: Cesar Nicolas (South Bend) and Tonys Gutierrez (Dayton) at first base; Patterson at second base; David Winfree (Beloit) at third base; Matt Tuiasosopo (Wisconsin) at shortstop; Carlos Gonzales (South Bend), Harvey, and Javier Herrera (Kane County) in the outfield; Michael Collins (Cedar Rapids) at catcher: John Jaso (SW Michigan) at designated hitter; Gallagher as RH pitcher; Chi-Hung Cheng (Lansing) as LH pitcher; Matt Elliott (South Bend) as RH reliever; and Kevin Ool (Quad Cities) as LH reliever. Carlos Gonzales of South Bend was selected as both the MWL Most Valuable Player and Prospect of the Year while South Bend manager Mark Haley was selected Manager of the Year.
The last time the Chiefs placed three players on the Post-Season All-Star Team was 1998 when shortstop Pablo Ozuna, RHP Tristan Jerue and RH reliever Gene Stechschulte were all selected. The team high is 1996 when the Chiefs placed four players: second baseman Andy Hall, outfielder Kerry Robinson, RHP Britt Reams and LH reliever Armando Almanza. The Chiefs had catcher Daric Barton on the team in 2004, third baseman Travis Hanson in 2003 and shortstop John Nelson was the lone selection in the Championship 2002 season.
The Chiefs play Wednesday night at Quad Cities at 7:00 PM. Peoria Enters the game 26-31 on the half, six games out of first and 3.5 games behind in the Wild Card race. Peoria has 13 games left on the season including eight at home. The Chiefs next home game is Thursday August 25th against the West Michigan Whitecaps at 7:00 PM.