Current, former baseball Aggies named All-Stars

July 13, 2016

DAVIS, Calif. -- Former UC Davis baseball standouts David Popkins and Steven Patterson were named to their respective teams for the 24th Annual Frontier League All-Star Game on Wednesday (July 13) at UC Health Stadium in Florence, Ky., while Blake Peters and Ryan Hooper have also earned all-star accolades with their summer teams.

In his first season in the independent Frontier League, Patterson is hitting .296 with seven home runs, 11 doubles, and 28 RBI, while walking 25 times and reaching base safely in all but 10 of his first 51 games for the Traverse City Beach Bums. A 10th-round selection (No. 308 overall) of the Cleveland Indians in 2014, who advanced as high as Single-A Lake County during his time with the organization, is one of two Beach Bums to play in all 51 games thus far.

A two-time All-Big West Conference honoree, Patterson spent two seasons with the Aggies in 2013-14 after transferring from San Joaquin Delta College, batting .325 in 95 career games at UC Davis. He finished his Aggie career with 50 runs scored, 19 doubles, and 57 RBI, ranking among the program's best in career batting average (fourth), slugging (seventh), and on-base percentage (second), during the Division I Era.

Popkins, in his second season with the Washington Wild Things, is batting .297 with 13 doubles, two triples, seven home runs, and 24 RBI, in 48 games, walking 30 times and helping his squad to first place in the Frontier League's East Division. He ranks tied for 10th in the league in doubles and sixth in walks.

A four-year letter winner for the Aggies from 2009-12, Popkins hit .322 for his career with 97 runs, 34 doubles, 14 home runs, and 84 RBI. He slugged .473 for his career and posted a .419 on-base percentage, while his .388 average as a sophomore ranks sixth on the school's single-season list.

Among current Aggies, a pair of UC Davis players have also earned All-Star honors for their summer teams in 2016 as Peters was named a California Collegiate League All-Star with the Neptune Beach Pearl, while Hooper was named a starter in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League's classic with the Glens Falls Dragons.

Peters and his all-star teammates will take the field on July 13 at the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton, Calif., and will be televised live on Fox Sports, while Hooper -- an PGCBL all-league first team selection and all-star last season with the Dragons -- and his teammates will compete on July 20 at Bob Bellizzi Field in Albany, N.Y.