DAVENPORT, IOWA (June 11, 2019) — The Midwest League announced that two Quad Cities River Bandits pitchers have been added to the Western Division all-star roster on Tuesday. Right-handed pitchers Brett Daniels and Humberto Castellanos will take the roster spots that opened when the Bandits Austin Hansen and Wisconsin’s Aaron Ashby were promoted to the Advanced-A level. The two additions will join Jeremy Pena, Austin Dennis, Cesar Salazar, Trey Dawson, and Matt Ruppenthal at the Midwest League All-Star Game in South Bend on June 18.
Daniels, a 2018 17th-round draft-pick out of the University of North Carolina, currently owns a 3-3 record and 1.72 earned-run average. He has allowed just 7 runs on 31 hits through his first 36.2 innings of the season while striking out 40. The 23-year old has surrendered just one run in his last 13.1 innings and recorded a career-high nine strike-outs in his last appearance.
Castellanos was signed as an international free-agent from Mexico in 2015. He has appeared in 13 games out of the River Bandits bullpen this season and is 3-0 with a 3.31 ERA. In 35.1 innings, he has fanned 44 opposing hitters while walking just 6. Castellanos has allowed just 2 earned-runs over the last 11.2 innings.
The River Bandits can clinch the first half Western Division first half-title with a win or a Burlington loss on Tuesday. The Bandits meet the Beloit Snappers at 6:30PM Tuesday night in the first game of a three-game series at Pohlman Field. For ticket information, call (563) 324-3000, visit riverbandits.com or stop by the box office at Modern Woodmen Park.
ABOUT THE BANDITS: The 2019 season marks the River Bandits’ seventh year as the Class-A affiliate of the Houston Astros and the twelfth anniversary season of regaining the River Bandits moniker, which was voted a top-8 nickname in all of Minor League Baseball in 2015. The River Bandits anchor the Quad Cities sports-market, which The Sports Business Journal in their latest rankings named one of the top-two minor-league sports-market in the country. Each year, the River Bandits donate three annual all-tuition-paid college scholarships, a value of approximately $85,000, as part of the Bandit Scholars Program, which has been in place since 2009. Charitable contributions surpassed $600,000 in 2018, including a $100,000 cash donation to Genesis Health Systems; in 2015 and again in 2017, Ballpark Digest awarded the Bandits its “Best Charity Campaign” of the year, making the River Bandits the only team to win that coveted award twice.