On Tuesday morning, the South Atlantic League (Single-A) announced the rosters for their 55th annual All Star Game. There will be an abundance of Delmarva Shorebirds packing their bags for L.P. Frans Stadium on June 17th. Five Shorebirds will play for the Northern Division in the annual game that showcases the League’s best.
Yastrzemski will start in right field for the Northern Division. Having a lot to live up to with his grandfather being Red Sox great, Carl Yastrzemski, the 23-year-old has played at a high level both on offense and on defense. In right field this season, he has maintained a .967 fielding percentage and recorded nine assists as well.
As far as swinging the bat goes, Yastrzemski has made a living of hitting triples this season. He has hit eight triples in 2014. Two of them came on June 1st when he hit two bases-clearing triples in the same game. His speed helps him extend doubles into triples. His speed also comes into use when stealing bases.
Eight is a lucky number for this up-and-coming player as he has eight home runs on the year as well. In the past four games Yastrzemski has recorded at least two hits in each ball game. That is All Star worthy!
Dosch will be starting at third base. Despite having a tough time on the defensive end of things giving up 11 errors on the year thus far, Dosch’s bat is alive and well this season. By batting .316 on the year with a .368 on-base percentage, Dosch has made a splash in his first year in the Minor Leagues.
Dosch has also batted in 24 runs, recorded nine doubles, and crushed three home runs so far this season. He performs his best at the plate when there is a left-hander on the mound pitching. Against lefties, Dosch hits an impressive .368 and posts a .400 on-base percentage. That is All Star worthy!
Harvey will be the Northern Division’s starting pitcher. In ten games started, Harvey has a 3-3 record. Despite his “average” record, his ERA and everything else about his game is far beyond average.
In his first season with the team after getting drafted by the Orioles in the first round of last year’s MLB Draft, Harvey has a 1.68 ERA. He also struck out 64 batters and only walked 20 batters so far this season.
Opposing batters cannot hit the long ball when Harvey is on the mound; only allowing two home runs in 53.2 innings pitched. The Orioles No.3 prospect’s best game came on May 12 when he pitched seven shutout innings and only allowed one hit on the night. That is All Star worthy!
Vader and Yacabonis will be among the ten reserve pitchers for the North Division team. Although their fellow teammate will be starting in the All Star Game, their performances this year are nothing less than impressive.
Vader has a 7-2 record on the year and is posting a 2.94 ERA in ten games started. Yacabonis has a 1-0 record, 13 saves and has not allowed a single run to score in 20 innings of relief pitched. Combined, these two pitchers have struck out 72 batters and only allowed 63 hits in 340 batters faced. That is All Star worthy!
The Delmarva Shorebirds are having a great year thus far in 2014. They have a 34-24 record and are currently only five games out of first place in the Northern Division of the South Atlantic League. Ten games above .500? That is All Star worthy!