6/25/2006 – Turk Tidbits
Turks Tidbits 2004 Turk All-Star RHP Nick Pereira (USF Dons) has been named to the 2006 All-Star "Futures Game" to be played in Pittsburgh on Sunday, July 9th’s MLB All-Star game televised live on ESPN 2 at 1:00 p.m. After having an outstanding summer playing for the Harrisonburg Turks of the Valley Baseball League in 2004, Pereira returned to USF and had a fantastic 2005 season. A 2005 USF Pitcher of the Year, and All-WCC First Team pick, the RHP ace helped the USF pitching staff boast a team ERA of 2.86, good for sixth place among NCAA Division I leaders. The senior Pereria posted a 10-3 record with a 2.21 ERA in 16 starts. Pereira threw 106.0 innings, giving up 90 hits, striking out 93, while walking 33 and turned in a scoreless innings streak of 23.1 innings. Pereria, a 10th round selection by the San Francisco Giants in the 2005 draft was promoted to High-A San Jose to start the 2006 season, and answered the challenge by dominating the California League, going 7-1 with a 2.06 ERA, and 76 strikeouts against 16 walks in 78.2 innings. He earned Player of the Month for April in the Giants organization. Pereria was rewared for his hard work by being promoted two levels to Class AAA Fresno just last week, making his Grizzlies debut on June 20th at Portland, OR. The All-Star Futures Game is Major League Baseball’s showcase of top prospects during the festivities at All-Star weekend. Each team has 25 players selected by the clubs and Baseball America to appear. The Giants were one of 20 teams to have 2 players selected this year. The game will be held at PNC Park on All-Star Sunday at 1 p.m. PT, and can be seen on ESPN2. The Harrisonburg Turks organization congratulate Nick on this honor and wish him continued success in his professional baseball career. Your fans will be watching back in Harrisonburg, Virginia!