St. Francis graduate Jim Negrych will return to Buffalo, once again, to play in the Triple-A all-star game Wednesday, July 11 at Coca Cola Field. He was named to the roster as a replacement two days before the game.
Jim Negrych will be coming home to play in Buffalo for a third time in his minor league baseball career but this time, it will be as an all-star.
The International League today (July 9) announced that the Syracuse Chiefs infielder and St. Francis High School product has been added to the IL's All-Star roster for the 2012 Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 11 starting 7 p.m. at Coca-Cola Field in downtown Buffalo.
Negrych, a former two-time All-Western New York player while at St. Francis, is hitting .291 (48 for 165) with seven doubles, a triple, six home runs and 30 RBI in 53 games with the Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals. On Wednesday, Negrych homered in Syracuse's 5-0 victory over the hometown Bisons at Alliance Bank Stadium.
The 27-year-old second baseman is playing with his third organization as a professional, after being picked up early in the season by the Nationals. He played three games with Double-A Harrisburg, going three for his first five at bats, before being promoted to Syracuse. After a slow start, he hit .338 in June and has become the team's regular second baseman.
A sixth-round draft pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2006 out of the University of Pittsburgh, he reached Triple-A Indianapolis in 2010, hitting .295 in 48 games and homering in his first game playing as a professional in Buffalo, but never reached the Major Leagues.
The Pirates' 2008 Minor League Player of the Year was then traded to the Marlins, where he spent 2011 in Double-A at Jacksonville and batted .304, but didn't get back to the Triple-A level until this season. He returned to Buffalo for a second time in his career earlier this season shortly after getting the call up to Syracuse.