GARY, IN. 10-19-2010 – Gary SouthShore RailCats Ace Willie Glen has been named to Baseball America’s 2010 All-Independent Leagues First Team for the second time in his RailCats career.
Glen, 32, returned to Northwest Indiana this summer to post the lowest ERA of his career (2.39) and second lowest of any RailCats player en route to winning Northern League Pitcher of the Year. The RailCats righty collected numerous other accolades for his 2010 performance including: Northern League Post-Season All-Star, Northern League Mid-Season All-Star, Northern League Pitcher of the Month (July) and Northern League Pitcher of the Week (June 27, July 25).
Glen becomes the only RailCats player ever to be named Baseball America’s All-Independent Leagues Team twice (2007, 2010) and is one of only three other RailCats to be named to the squad in team history: Wes Chamberlain, Second Team First Baseman (2003), Tanner Townsend, First Team Third Baseman (2008) and Jeremy Plexico, Second Team Starting Pitcher (2008).
The RailCats career leader in nearly every measurable pitching category, Glen was the ace of the RailCats staff from 2005-07 (winning a pair of Northern League titles) and is an amazing 43-11 with a 3.03 ERA in 88 career RailCats games. Fifth in Northern League history with 494 strikeouts in his four seasons, Glen has allowed only 467 Northern League hits in nearly 550 innings. Undrafted out of the University of Evansville, Glen signed with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2000 and is 74-45 as a professional in more than 1,100 career innings. Glen has spent time in five different affiliated organizations, including at the Triple-A level in 2004, 2008 and 2009.
Every year, Baseball America selects players from all seven independent professional baseball leagues for its All-Independent Leagues Team. Counting its recent additions, the American Association boasts seven of the 14 First Team members in 2010 as well as four members on the Second Team, the most of any independent league.
The RailCats recently joined the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball and the 2011 schedule will be announced in the coming weeks. The 2011 season will begin in May and fans can stay up-to-date with the ‘Cats all winter long by visiting www.railcatsbaseball.com.