The Southern League announced today that Tennessee Smokies reliever Hunter Cervenka has been added to the league’s North Division All-Star squad’s roster. The contest is scheduled to be played on Tuesday, June 17 at AT&T Field in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The southpaw in 19 relief outings for the Smokies this season has recorded a 2-1 tally and 2.08 ERA (6 ER in 26.0 IP). Opposing hitters have managed just a .174 batting average against the 24-year-old, who has also accumulated a 1.04 WHIP. 14 of the Texas native’s 19 appearances this season have been scoreless outings, including ten of his first 12.
The left-hander was acquired by the Cubs in an April 21, 2012 trade along with pitcher Michael Bowden from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for outfielder Marlon Byrd and cash considerations. The Red Sox originally selected Cervenka in the 27th round of the 2008 MLB Draft out of Sterling High School in Texas.
Cervenka becomes the seventh Tennessee Smokies player to be named a Southern League All-Star after catcher Rafael Lopez, infielders Stephen Bruno and Kris Bryant, outfielder John Andreoli and right-handed hurlers Corey Black and Armando Rivero. Cervenka replaces Black, who is unable to participate due to injury, while Bruno and Andreoli are also unable to play due to injuries. In addition, Lopez will not play after his promotion to Triple-A Iowa.