WICHITA, KS- Wingnuts' right-handed pitcher Josh Lowey, second baseman Jake Kahaulelio, and shortstop Ryan Khoury were voted to the American Association's Postseason All-Star Team on Saturday.
Lowey earned American Association Pitcher of the Year honors, and features a 15-4 record with a 3.57 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 133.2 innings pitched. The right-hander set an American Association single-season record with his 15th win on August 27th versus El Paso in the opener of a double header. Lowey tossed a complete game, two-hit shutout which helped the Wingnuts clinch the Central Division title. A native of Fort Walton Beach, FL, Lowey ranks first in the league in wins, 10th in ERA, and 10th in strikeouts. Earlier this season, Lowey completed a 19-game winning streak that dated back to 2011 while pitching for the Frontier League's River City Rascals.
Kahaulelio leads the American Association with a .367 batting average and was named the league's all-star second baseman. With two games left in the regular season, Kahaulelio has an eight-point lead over Grand Prairie's Brian Myrow and a 10-point lead over Amarillo's Adam Buschini. The Petaluma, CA native has scored 57 runs in 57 games with 19 doubles, five home runs, 38 RBI, and 10 stolen bases. The 27-year-old Kahaulelio is hitting a remarkable .491 with runners in scoring position this season.
Khoury takes home American Association Defensive Player of the Year. Khoury is the only Wingnuts player to appear in all 98 of the team's games this season. The 28-year-old Khoury has started every game this season at shortstop and in the leadoff spot in Wichita's lineup. Khoury has committed just 12 errors while featuring a .972 fielding percentage. At the plate, Khoury has a .366 on-base percentage, and ranks in the top-four in the American Association in runs scored (78), stolen bases (35), and walks (59). The 35 stolen bases are also a new Wingnuts' single-season record.
2012 American Association All-Star Team
Catcher - Chris McMurray, Grand Prairie/Lincoln
First Base - Brian Myrow, Grand Prairie
Second Base - Jake Kahaulelio, Wichita
Third Base - Cesar Nicolas, Sioux Falls
Shortstop - Zach Penprase, Fargo-Moorhead
Outfield - Nic Jackson, Fargo-Moorhead
Outfield - Chris Roberson, Winnipeg
Outfield - Adam Buschini, Amarillo
Designated Hitter - Ryan Delgado, Fargo-Moorhead
Pitcher of the Year - Josh Lowey, Wichita
Relief Pitcher of the Year - Tom Boleska, Fargo-Moorhead
Defensive Player of the Year - Ryan Khoury, Wichita
The Wingnuts continue their series tonight at St. Paul. First pitch at Midway Stadium is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Derek Blacksher faces right-hander Kyle Ruwe. All the action can be heard locally on Oldies 92.7 KWME and worldwide at www.pressboxproductionsradio.com
The Wingnuts begin postseason play on Wednesday night at either Laredo or Grand Prairie. Wichita will host Game Three of the Division Series on Friday, September 7th at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium at 7:05 p.m. The Wingnuts will also host the "if necessary" Games Four and Five on September 8th and 9th respectively. For information on playoff tickets, call the Wingnuts' office at (316) 264-NUTS or visit the Wingnuts' official website at www.wichitawingnuts.com