Baltimore Orioles: Six Aberdeen Ironbirds Named All-Stars
The New York-Penn League (A-Short) announced the 2019 All-Stars on Friday. Six Baltimore Orioles prospects from the Aberdeen Ironbirds made the team.
The New York-Penn League All-Star Game is scheduled for August 21st at Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George in Staten Island, New York, the home of the Staten Island Yankees. The league announced the rosters for the game on Friday with a number of Baltimore Orioles prospects making the cut.
Six members of the Aberdeen Ironbirds were named as All-Stars and will play for the Red All-Stars team along with members of the Auburn Doubledays (Washington), Connecticut Tigers (Detroit), Hudson Valley Renegades (Tampa), State College Spikes (St. Louis), Staten Island Yankees (New York) and Vermont Lake Monsters (Oakland).
Making the cut from Aberdeen are pitcher Ryan Conroy, infielder Andrew Fregia, outfielder Dalton Hoiles, pitcher Leonardo Rodriguez, outfielder Kyle Stowers, and infielder Toby Welk.
Two of the All-Stars, Stowers, and Welk, were 2019 draft picks taken in the Competitive Balance B and 21st round respectively, two, Conroy and Fregia, were 2018 draft picks taken in the 8th and 13th round respectively, Hoiles was signed in 2018 as an undrafted free agent and Rodriguez was a 2016 international signee.
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Welk, who is making quite an impression with his play, is currently tied for third in the league in hits (59), tied for fifth in total bases (83) and is top-five in batting average (.349), on-base percentage (.401), slugging percentage (.491) and OPS (.892). He leads the Ironbirds in games played, at-bats, runs scored, hits, doubles, RBI and total bases, as well.
Conroy and Rodriguez are number one and two in the NYPL in innings pitched as well as among the top-ten in ERA, strikeouts, and WHIP. The pair also leads the Ironbirds pitching staff in innings pitched and strikeouts. Conroy leads the staff in appearances and wins (4-4, 2.73 ERA, 1.11 WHIP)
Stowers, who has been on a tear (three home runs over the past five games), currently leads the Ironbirds in that category. He also is top-five among the Ironbirds in games played, at-bats, hits, doubles, RBI and total bases.
Fregia and Hoiles are having solid seasons in their own right. Fregia is currently slashing .256/ .308/ .376 while Hoiles has a .240/ .394/ .333 slash line.
These six are expected to represent both the Ironbirds as well as the Baltimore Orioles organization well next week and are proof that good things are happening down on the farm. Congratulations to the Ironbirds All-Stars.