January 22, 2022

NATS/CHIEFS: Corey Brown, Carlos Rivero Named to International League Post-Season All-Star Team

Outfielder Corey Brown at Nationals Park in September 2011 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

The Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, are pleased to announce that outfielder Corey Brown and third baseman Carlos Rivero have been named to the International League Post-Season All-Star Team for 2012.

Brown, 26, has excelled in his second season with Syracuse. He currently ranks among the league leaders in several offensive categories. Brown is second in the International League in runs scored (77), triples (8) and total bases (238), while placing third in slugging percentage (.516), fourth in extra-base hits (53) and fifth in home runs (23). He also leads the Chiefs in each of those categories. Additionally, Brown has stolen 17 bases in 24 attempts, giving him the second-most steals by a Syracuse player this season. He becomes the first Post-Season All-Star outfielder for the Chiefs since John-Ford Griffin in 2005. Brown was also named as a starter to the International League’s Mid-Season All-Star team.

Rivero, 24, has shined in his first season with the Chiefs. His .307 batting average is good for fifth place in the International League, and he’s currently tied for third place in the league with 135 hits. Rivero, who has played third base, shortstop and first base for Syracuse, has hit .342 after the All-Star Break, the third-highest mark after the break in the International League. He’s the first Syracuse third baseman to be named a Post-Season All-Star since Kelly Gruber in 1985. Rivero was also one of four Chiefs to be named a Mid-Season All-Star in the International League.

The Chiefs are currently in the middle of a nine-game road trip, with three games remaining at Charlotte and one at Lehigh Valley. Syracuse will return home on Saturday, September 1st, to begin a two-game series with the Rochester Red Wings at 7:00. The Chiefs’ final fireworks show of the season will take place after the game.

NATS/CHIEFS: Zach Duke International League Pitcher of the Week

Syracuse, NY–The Syracuse Chiefs, Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, are pleased to announce that pitcher Zach Duke has been named the League’s Pitcher of the Week for August 6-12. Duke is the third member of the Chiefs to win an IL weekly award this season, following OF Corey Brown (May 21-27) and SP Tanner Roark (July 23-29.)

Duke extended his International League lead in wins to 13 over the past week by winning both of his starts. On Monday, Duke struck out a season-high eight in a 5-4 win over Buffalo, allowing just three runs in six innings. The eight strikeouts were Duke’s most in a single game since July 7, 2005 for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

On Saturday, Duke tossed a complete-game shutout in a 6-0 win at the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. The left-hander allowed just three hits and no walks while striking out seven. He tossed 92 pitches, 66 for strikes, and secured the first nine-inning shutout for a Syracuse pitcher since Garrett Mock on June 22, 2009.

Duke, 29, has pitched in nearly 200 Major League games with the Pirates and Diamondbacks. He was the International League Most Valuable Pitcher in 2005 while with the Indianapolis Indians. Duke is a native of Clifton, Texas.

NATS/CHIEFS: Tanner Roark named International League Pitcher of the Week

The Syracuse Chiefs, Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, are pleased to announce that right-handed pitcher Tanner Roark has been named the International League Pitcher of the Week.

Roark, in his first Triple-A season, earned a pair of wins this week. He threw a total of 14 innings and allowed just two earned runs on nine hits. In his two starts against Rochester and Lehigh Valley, Roark walked two and struck out 13. The were of seven-inning starts were Roark’s first two seven-inning starts this season. In the two starts this week, Roark did not allow a run after the first inning in each.

NATS/CHIEFS: Corey Brown, Zach Duke, Carlos Rivero and Jim Negrych named to 2012 International League All-Star Team

Updated July 11: You can listen to the Triple-A All-Star Game at 7:00 p.m. tonight on The Score 1260, the Chiefs’ flagship radio station.

Updated July 9: Chiefs infielder Jim Negrych has been added to the International League All-Star Team. Negrych, a Buffalo native, is in his first season with the Nationals’ organization.  He’s hit .284 in 54 games with the Chiefs and has six home runs and 30 RBI.

Updated July 7: Chiefs infielder Carlos Rivero has been added to the International League All-Star Team as announced today by the league office. Rivero, in his first full Triple-A season, has hit .289 in 77 games with the Chiefs.

Outfielder Corey Brown at Nationals Park in September 2011 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

The Syracuse Chiefs, Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, are pleased to announce that outfielder Corey Brown and starting pitcher Zach Duke have been named to the 2012 International League All-Star Team. The game between the IL and the Pacific Coast League will be played on July 11th at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo.

Brown, in his second season in Syracuse, has hit .298 with this point and leads the Chiefs in home runs (17) and RBI (45). He is currently tenth in the league in batting average and third in homers. The Tampa native is also third in the IL with 37 extra-base hits and fourth with a .578 slugging percentage. At the time of his selection, Brown has hit in 14 consecutive games, the longest hit streak of his six-year career.

Duke, a former Major League All-Star in 2009, leads the International League with nine wins. Eight of those wins have come since May 1st. The 29-year-old Duke is fourth in the International League with 90 innings and a third pitched. He leads the Chiefs with 14 induced double plays.

With the International League’s 3-0 victory at last year’s Triple-A All-Star Game, the IL owns an 8-6 lead in the fourteen years since the event changed to the current IL vs. PCL format. The winning League this season will once again earn the right to have its champion play as the “home team” at the Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game which will take place Tuesday, September 18 in Durham, North Carolina.

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