Four Flying Squirrels named Eastern League All-Stars

The following comes directly from the Richmond Flying Squirrels:

RVA – The Richmond Flying Squirrels, Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, are proud to announce that four players are headed to the Eastern League All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 12 at Northeast Dental Stadium in New Hampshire. The four players selected from Richmond are center fielder, Slade Heathcott, second baseman Miguel Gomez, starting pitcher Matt Gage, and closer Tyler Cyr.This will be the first Double-A All-Star selection for all four players. All Star rosters and the league announcement are attached.

Heathcott has been a standout center fielder for Richmond since the start of the season. The former New York Yankees top prospect leads the Squirrels in home runs (11) and has served as the leadoff hitter for the majority of the season. Heathcott made his Major League debut with the Yankees on May 20, 2015, and hit .400 over 17 games in pinstripes. Heathcott became the fastest player in Squirrels history to reach double-digit home runs in a season and also leads the team in stolen bases (6). Heathcott was acquired by the Giants as a minor league free agent past this offseason.

Joining Heathcott in New Hampshire will be Giants 40-man member Miguel Gomez. Gomez has been one of the best hitters in the league since the start of the season and currently ranks eighth in the EL in batting average (.312). Gomez leads the Squirrels in runs (40), doubles (17) and RBIs (36).  Originally signed as a catcher, Gomez made the move full-time to second base this season with the Squirrels. After committing six errors in the month of April, Gomez has rapidly improved at the position, only commiting one error in June.  The switch-hitter hit to a .355 average in the month of May, smacking eight doubles and three home runs. Gomez was acquired by the Giants as a free agent in 2012.

Squirrels left-handed hurler Matt Gage earns the All-Star honors in his second full season in Richmond. Gage has compiled a record of 4-4 while ranking fourth in the Eastern League in ERA (2.95)Gage earned the most recent EL Pitcher of the Week award by tossing just the fourth complete game shutout in franchise history on June 22 against Hartford. The lefty allowed just five hits in the nine-inning contest while fanning three batters. He joins the likes of Giants top prospect Tyler Beede who threw a complete game shutout last season against Hartford on August 29, 2016. Gage led Richmond in wins last season with nine and currently leads the team in innings pitched (73.1). 

Tyler Cyr was a 10th round draft pick by the Giants out of Embry-Riddle University in 2015. Cyr has moved through the minor league ranks quickly and now is in his first season at Double-A. Cyr has solidified his role as the closer for the Squirrels and  is 10-for-10 in save opportunities, ranking second in the Eastern League. In the Month of May, Cyr allowed just one earned run over his 8.0 innings pitched out of the bullpen while striking out 11. He recorded his first save with Richmond on April 30 and saved back-to-back games on June 1 and June 2.

The 2017 Eastern League All-Star game will be held at Northeast Dental Stadium in New Hampshire on July 12 at 7:05 p.m. The game represents the end of a three-day break for the Eastern League. The Squirrels are currently preparing for a three-game Independence Day celebration at The Diamond, starting July 4.