Charleston RiverDogs pitchers Smith, Paullus added to SAL All-Star roster

Charleston RiverDogs pitchers Alex Smith and Ben Paullus were added to the Southern Division rosters for Tuesday’s South Atlantic League All-Star Game at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, N.J.

There are six changes to the Southern Division in all, four on the pitching staff. Charleston pitchers Rafael De Paula and Dietrich Enns were named to the Southern Division team but won’t play in the game. They were both promoted to Tampa, the Yankees’ High-A affiliate. De Paula was scheduled to start for the Southern Division.

Savannah’s Gabrial Ynoa and Lexington’s Alec Mills will also not be available for Tuesday’s game.

Replacing them on the roster will be Smith and Paullus from Charleston, along with Savannah’s Jeffrey Wheeler and Greenville’s Jeffrey Wendelken.

Augusta’s Martin Agosta will now be the starting pitcher for the Southern Division. Also, Augusta infielders Mitchell Delfino and Matt Duffy will not play in Tuesday’s game. Replacing them will be Lexington’s Raul Mondesi, Jr. and Rome’s Eric Garcia.

As previously announced, RiverDogs catcher Peter O’Brien is also on the SAL Southern Division roster.

Smith has been one of the SAL’s most dominating relief pitchers this season. He is 3-3 with a 1.01 ERA in 20 appearances. Smith has tossed 352/3 innings, allowing six runs — four earned — on 26 hits. He has struck out 38 batters and walked just four. Smith joined the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent in February 2012.

Paullus, a 6-1, right-hander, is in his second season with Charleston. He was 3-1 with a 3.04 ERA. Paullus has thrown 35 innings, allowing 35 hits and 20 walks, and fanned 35 batters to go along with 12 earned runs. Paullus was selected in the 19th round of 2011 draft by the New York Yankees out of the University of Memphis.

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