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Muller wins “Star of Stars” MVP Award for All-Star performance

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Before winning the MVP Award for his All-Star performance, Kurtis Muller (Iowa) worked out in the combine in front of 30+ MLB scouts.

All-Star Game box score

Thunder Bay, Ontario – July 21, 2009. Madison Mallards center fielder Kurtis Muller (Iowa) won the “Star of Stars” MVP Award Tuesday evening after going 3-for-5 with 2 stolen bases and a run scored in lifting the South Division to a 4-2 victory over the North in the 2009 Northwoods League Mid-Season All-Star Game.

Muller’s three other All-Star teammates also shined, as first baseman Harold Riggins (NC State) went 1-for-4 with an RBI double; Jerrud Sabourin (Indiana) hit a double and scored a run in three plate appearances; and pitcher Cody Winiarski (MATC) threw a scoreless fourth inning to help give the South Division back-to-back All-Star Game victories.

The Mallards made a clean sweep of the major awards as Riggins defeated Rochester’s Corey Jones (Cal State Fullerton) earlier in the afternoon in the Home Run Derby by slamming four long balls to Jones’ two.

Additional photos from the 2009 NWL Combine:

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A birds-eye view of Riggins hitting his first home run in the derby he later won.

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Riggins proves to the scouts he can play a bit of defense too.

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Winarski didn’t participate because he was to throw in the actual game. He later threw a scoreless fourth inning in contributing to the victory. Here, Riggins looks very, very nervous in thinking about the Home Run Derby.

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Sabourin still hopes to be interviewed by Erin Andrews one day but had to settle for this guy. He made a number of nice picks at first base and his footwork looked better than many participants.

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MLB scouts put their radar guns to work in clocking pitchers behind home plate.

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Manager Thieleke chats up NWL President Dick Radatz Jr. in between sessions.

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Sabourin takes a few warmup swings prior to batting practice while Muller rests after running the combine’s fastest 60 yard dash.


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