Three members of the Vancouver Canadians have been named Northwest League All-Stars. Outfielders Griffin Conine and Tanner Kirwer and righthanded reliever Cobi Johnson will represent the C’s at the Northwest League/Pioneer League All-Star Game at Suplizio Field—the home of the Grand Junction Rockies—Tuesday, August 7.
2018 Northwest League All-Star Griffin Conine.
Conine is among the top 15 in the Northwest League in slugging percentage of .479 thanks in part to five home runs, eight doubles and two triples. The former Duke Blue Devil has also shown off his strong right arm in right field with seven assists and has committed just one error so far this season. The 21 year-old from Plantation, Florida was Toronto’s second round pick in the 2018 draft.
2018 Northwest League All-Star Tanner Kirwer.
Kirwer is among the top 10 in the Northwest League batting average at .315 and is top-five in stolen bases with 19. The 22 year-old righthanded hitter from Sherwood Park, Alberta has compiled hitting streaks of 10 and seven games along with 11 multi-hit efforts. Kirwer was a 20th round pick of the Blue Jays in 2017 from the Niagara Purple Eagles.
2018 Northwest League All-Star Cobi Johnson.
Johnson has been scored upon in just three of his 13 outings and is a perfect 5-for-5 in save situations to place him among the league’s top closers. The 22 year-old from Holiday, Florida has limited Northwest League hitters to a .206 batting average and lefthanded batters are hitting just .115 against the former Florida State Seminole. Johnson was the Blue Jays’ 30th round pick in this year’s draft.
Joining Conine, Kirwer and Johnson in Grand Junction will be the C’s coaching staff of manager Dallas McPherson, hitting coach Aaron Mathews and pitching coach Jim Czajkowski to represent last year’s Northwest League championship squad.