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Former MCCC Baseball Player Named All-Star, Pitcher of the Week for Chicago Cubs Farm Team


WEST WINDSOR – Hamilton native James Pugliese, a pitcher for the Mercer County Community College baseball team during the 2011 season and a farmhand for the Chicago Cubs’ Class A affiliate in Boise, Idaho, was named to the South Division All-Star Team of the Northwest League and helped the team nail down an 8-7 win on August 2.

A graduate of Steinert High School, Pugliese was 6-1 as a starter for Mercer with a 1.27 ERA. He helped lead the Vikings to 21-16 record, reaching the Region 19 finals. Pugliese was selected in the 18th round of the 2011 amateur draft by the Cubs.

The 6’ 3’’ right-hander is a starter for the short-season Boise Hawks, where he posted a 3-2 record and a 2.41 ERA – good for third best in the league – en route to his all-star selection. During the NWL All-Star game in Everett, Wash., Pugliese pitched 2/3 of an inning and earned a hold in the victory, striking out one.

Pugliese was named Northwest League Pitcher of the Week for his performance during the third week of July after posting a 1-0 record with a 0.00 ERA in two starts.

As a member of the MCCC Vikings squad, Pugliese was named to the All-Region 19 and All-Garden State Athletic Conference First Teams. He was selected as the no. 2 player in the region in 2011 and was named a Third Team All-American.


James Pugliese on the mound for Mercer during the 2011 season. He was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 18th round of the 2011 draft, and recently was named to the Northwest League All-Star Team.


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