REACHING FOR THE ALL-STARS

Former relief pitcher named to all-star squad

Former Western Carolina relief pitcher Mark DiFelice was named to the Pacific Coast League All-Star team. DiFelice was among the 30-man PCL roster that faced the all-stars from the International League in July’s 2011 Triple-A All-Star Game in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger

The all-star selection for DiFelice is his sixth in his 13-year professional career and his first since earning midseason honors in 2007 in the Southern League. That year, DiFelice earned the victory in the all-star game after winning the start, tossing a scoreless first inning. According to a release by his current team – the Nashville Sounds – DiFelice also previously appeared in the 2006 Atlantic League All-Star Game, the 2001 Southern League All-Star Game, the 1999 Carolina League All-Star Game, and the 1998 Northwest League All-Star Game.

In his most recent recall work with Major League Baseball’s Milwaukee Brewers in mid-June, DiFelice made three relief appearances with three strikeouts in three innings of work with four earned runs allowed. He remains on the Brewers’ 40-man roster.

DiFelice was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 15th round of the 1998 MLB First-Year Player Draft. He was later released by the organization in March 2004 before signing with the Baltimore Orioles less than two weeks after his release. His career in the minors continued with the Washington Nationals farm system, a stint with Somerset of the independent Atlantic League and with the Chicago Cubs. In 2006, he was released by Chicago and signed with independent Camden before latching on as a free agent with the Milwaukee Brewers organization in January of 2007.

The Bryn Mawr, Pa., native made his Major League debut with the Brewers on May 18, 2008.