3 Blue Crabs named to Atlantic League all-star team
Snyder, Hernandez, Eppley receive postseason honors
The 2017 season for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs finished with another trip to the playoffs, falling to York in the Freedom Division Championship Series.
Wednesday, three Blue Crabs players were rewarded for their outstanding play during the campaign by being named to the Atlantic League Postseason All-Star Team.
Selected were first baseman Michael Snyder, starting pitcher Gaby Hernandez and closer Cody Eppley. Hernandez was a unanimous selection.
Other selections were York catcher Isaias Tejeda, Sugar Land second baseman Josh Prince, New Britain third baseman Jovan Rosa, Bridgeport shortstop Luis Hernandez, York outfielder Alonzo Harris, Long Island outfielder Marc Krauss, Lancaster outfielder Sean Halton, Somerset designated hitter Kyle Roller and York relief pitcher Chase Huchingson. Harris was a unanimous selection.
“We are very to have such a pleased strong showing on the Atlantic League’s Post-Season AllStar Team,” Blue Crabs general manager Courtney Knichel said in a team news release Wednesday announcing the selections. “Snyder, Hernandez and Eppley were such great contributors to our club all season long and we are happy to see them receive this honor.”
Snyder, who also was a designated hitter for the Blue Crabs this season, hit 25 home runs with 72 RBIs and 34 doubles during the 2017 season. That ranked the third-year Blue Crab second, ninth and fourth in the league, respectively.
Hernandez finished his sixth season with Southern Maryland, compiling an 11-4 record with an ERA of 2.80 and 150 strikeouts. Hernandez was tops in the league in ERA among starting pitchers and in strikeouts. He also tied the Blue Crabs’ single-season strikeout record for the second straight season. His 11 wins were tied for third overall in the league with Sugar Land’s Jake Hale, a former Blue Crab.
Eppley, completing his third season with the Blue Crabs, was the league leader in saves with 32 and now is sixth all time in league history with 73. He appeared in 58 games in 2017 and threw 55 1/3 innings with a 2.43 ERA.
Snyder, Hernandez and Eppley all were selections to the Freedom Division all-star team who appeared in the Atlantic League All-Star Game in mid-July. The three helped the Freedom defeat the Liberty Division in the 20th annual event at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater, N.J., home to the Somerset Patriots.
Southern Maryland won the Freedom firsthalf championship with an 8-3 win over Lancaster on Aug. 14, clinching its sixth playoff berth in franchise history which was celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017.
The Blue Crabs went 3931 in first-half play. After a rocky second half of the regular season, finishing just 28-42 after losing its final six games to wrap up a 67-73 overall record, they headed to the Freedom Division Championship Series as the first-half champion.
Southern Maryland ended up falling 3 games to 1 to the second-half champion York Revolution, losing 5-1 in Game 4 at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf on Sept. 23.
York claimed its third Atlantic League championship in franchise history six days later, sweeping the Liberty Division series champion Long Island Ducks in three games.