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PHILADELPHIA - Former La Salle pitcher TJ Chism, currently a member of the Savannah Sand Gnats in the New York Mets organization, has been named to the South Atlantic League Southern Division All-Star team. The SAL All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday, June 19 at 7:30 PM at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Ballpark, home of Class A Charleston RiverDogs.

Chism has 12 saves and a 3.38 ERA while serving as the Sand Gnats closer. He has appeared in 24 games, all in relief, while throwing 26.1 innings. The southpaw has struck out 24 batters and walked 11. Opponents are batting .242 against him.

This summer's selection marks the second straight season that Chism has been named to the all-star team. Last season, he was named a New York-Penn League All-Star while pitching for the Brooklyn Cyclones. He finished last season with a 3-0 record, 1.14 ERA and six saves.

Chism began his professional career with the Kingsport Mets of the Rookie League in 2009 after being drafted in the 32nd Round. In 2010, he split time with Kingsport and Brooklyn, compiling a 4-0 record with a 0.70 ERA. 

Two other Explorers are currently playing professionally - John Malloy '10 of the Frontier League's Florence Freedom and Kevin Fuqua '11 of the American Association's Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. 
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