Earlier today, the Carolina League announced its All-Star team for the league-only All-Star Game that will be held on June 20th in Salem.
High-A Wilmington had six players named to the Northern Division team, though one player has since moved up to Double-A. Four are pitchers and two are position players.
That one player is starter Foster Griffin, who has made three starts with Double-A NW Arkansas. Prior to his promotion, the Blue Rocks Opening Day starter was 4-2 with a 2.86 ERA in ten starts. Over 56.2 innings, Griffin walked 20 and struck out 60, with opponents hitting just .210 against him.
Lefty starter Cristian Castillo will make the trip to Salem, as prior to Saturday night’s start, his ERA was under 3.00 (it rose to 3.16, but is still ranked ninth in the CL). In 12 starts (totaling 62.2 innings), he has walked 25 and struck out 50.
The Blue Rocks bullpen has been a strong point and two of their relievers will represent the team. Leading the way is lefty Richard Lovelady, a tenth round pick last June. He is 5-for-6 in save opportunities and has walked just two compared to 30 strikeouts in 25 innings. Lovelady has yet to allow a home run this season and has a 1.44 ERA. Oh and opponents are hitting just .198 against him.
Yunior Marte is a hard-throwing right-hander coming out of the Blue Rocks bullpen. Known for his upper-90s fastball, Marte’s offspeed stuff isn’t too bad either. He is 4-for-5 in save opportunities. Marte has walked 16 while striking out 36 over 27.2 innings. Opponents are hitting just .187 against him and have yet to homer off him.
Don’t be surprised to see shortstop Nicky Lopez in the starting lineup in Salem next Tuesday night. The left-handed hitter is ranked eighth in the CL in batting average at .314. The leadoff hitter has a .394 on-base percentage with 13 stolen bases. Lopez has ten doubles, seven triples (second), and two home runs. He has scored 38 runs (sixth) and driven in 27. Oh and he has walked (32 times, which ranks eighth in the league) more than he has struck out (19). Lopez also had an on-base streak of 28 games.
Outfielder Anderson Miller is the final Blue Rock on the CL All-Star team. After a rough start to the season (just .188), Miller had an on-base streak that lasted 30 games and saw him hit .298 during that time period. He is currently hitting .277 with eight doubles, three triples, and seven home runs. Miller has scored 30 runs and driven in 33. He also has 14 stolen bases and has only been caught stealing once.