The South Atlantic League All-Star selection announcements didn’t get as much coverage as the Major League Baseball Draft last week, but those college players who received calls from MLB teams would love to be heading to the SAL's Midsummer Classic.
Eleven players from Palmetto State teams were selected to play in the all-star game in Greensboro on June 19, including three from the Greenville Drive, Boston’s low-level Class A affiliate; and four from the Columbia Fireflies, the New York Mets’ affiliate.
The Yankees’ Charleston RiverDogs have two players going to the game, and the Augusta GreenJackets, of the San Francisco Giants franchise, will send three players to Greensboro.
Here’s a breakdown of just how good these guys have been:
If the GreenJacket fits …
Offensive numbers for Augusta’s Miguel Geraldo are really impressive, especially for a shortstop. The 21-year-old is hitting for average and power this season, batting .302 with eight long balls and 31 RBIs. All of those numbers rank in the top 10, along with his 60 hits and 14 stolen bases.
Fight fire with fire
On the pitcher’s mound, the Fireflies are sending a pair of dominant arms to Greensboro. Joey Marciano has the fifth-best ERA in the SAL, and the 43 hits he’s given up through 10 appearances is among the lowest for starting pitchers. Meanwhile, Joe Cavallaro ranks eighth in the league with 65 punchouts and is tied for second with six wins on the season.
Hess marks the spot
RiverDogs’ third baseman Chris Hess has been named a starter for the Southern Division team, and it’s pretty clear why. Hess is among the league's best in on-base percentage due to his timely hitting and ability to draw walks. And outfielder Steven Sensley has been just as valuable for Charleston, leading the team in home runs and batting average.
Watch the Kutter
Despite their last place standing, things haven’t been all bad for the Drive. Their right fielder, Victor Acosta, is providing plenty of excitement, batting .316 and ranking near the top in hits. And on the mound, Kutter Crawford is having a great season. His 1.99 ERA is eighth in the South Atlantic, and his 69 strikeouts rank fifth.