X’s Ota, Marman and Murray selected for league All-Star game in Kansas City

X’s Ota, Marman and Murray selected for league All-Star game in Kansas City

Three Sioux City Explorers players – outfielder Scott Ota and right-handed pitchers Kyle Marman and Joey Murray – have been named to the West Division All-Star team, the American Association announced Tuesday.

After their respective good starts to the season, Ota, Marman and Murray will remain active during the three-day league break as participants in the AA All-Star Game on July 23.

Ota is the headliner of the three All-Stars, as he was selected as the starter, while Murray and Marman will play in the West Division bullpen.

In 51 games this season, Ota has been Sioux City’s leading hitter, consistently delivering in key situations. The Foster City, California native leads the team in RBIs (41) and home runs (8).

Ota is also his team’s second-best hitter (57) and second-best run scorer (36), with a batting average of .298.

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This is the University of Illinois Chicago graduate’s second season with the X’s after signing with the club in July 2023 following his release from the New York Mets organization.

Since signing with the X’s in spring training on May 1, Murray has made 10 starts for the club, posting a 3-2 record. The Ohio native has pitched five innings in seven of his starts for Sioux City, posting a 4.71 ERA in 49 2/3 innings pitched.

Murray, a former member of the Toronto Blue Jays, has collected 36 strikeouts, including nine in his season-high against Milwaukee on May 28.

Marman leads the X’s bullpen with six saves, seventh most in the league, and has proven to be one of the team’s most reliable late-game savers.

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With a 2-1 record in 18 appearances, Marman has allowed just eight earned runs in 22 innings pitched. His 3.27 ERA is the lowest among Sioux City members with 10 or more appearances on the mound and ranks sixth in strikeouts (33).

Sioux City has a chance to sign another All-Star, as infielder Ozzie Martinez was named the last man selected for the West Division team. Voting on the league’s website for the final spot ends at noon Thursday.

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