June 6, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- Former UAB baseball players Jamal Austin and Nick Graffeo were both named Class-A Midwest All-Stars and will compete on June 19 at the Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva, Ill.
Austin, who was named a starting outfielder for the Eastern Division, is hitting .294 (64-for-218) with 14 extra-base hits and 15 RBI as a member of the Clinton LumberKings, a Seattle Mariners' affiliate.
The speedster not only leads the LumberKings in stolen bases, but his 22 swipes rank third in the Midwest League. Austin also tops his team in games played (53), batting average and is third in extra-base hits, featuring 10 doubles.
Graffeo earned a spot on the Western Division roster as a relief pitcher from the all-star game host Kane County Cougars. The right-hander, who pitches for the Kansas City Royals' affiliate, has collected eight saves, ranking fifth in the Midwest League.
In 18 total appearances, Graffeo has registered a 3.42 ERA. He has collected nearly a strikeout-per-inning, recording 23 punchouts in 23.2 total innings on the mound.