The South Atlantic League named six players from the West Virginia Power (minor league affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates) to the SAL All-Star Game.
Stetson Allie, the former pitcher, is now a first baseman thanks to his lack of command on his pitches. Well, switching to a position player hasn’t hurt his stock — it’s actually helped it. The slugging first baseman leads the South Atlantic League with 16 home runs, 54 RBIs, 72 hits, a .642 slugging percentage and a 1.060 OPS. It’s no surprise he is on the all-star team, since he seemingly hits a home run almost every day.
Dilson Herrera, second baseman, is hitting .294 with nine stolen bases. Herrera was named the Player of the Year in the Gulf Coast League in 2012. Right fielder Josh Bell has hit for a .272/.347/.456 triple-slash line in 54 games with seven home runs and 41 RBIs. Walker Gourley, utility player, has hit .325 for the Power in 2013. He has played almost every position in his minor league career.
Orlando Castro and Tyler Glasnow were the pitchers to make the All-Star game from the Power. Castro is 6-3 with a 2.04 ERA in 61.2 innings pitched. He has only walked five batters. Glasnow is 3-1 with a 3.21 ERA with 72 strikeouts in 47.2 innings pitched. Yes, you saw that right: 72 strikeouts, 47.2 innings.
The Power is a team that features a very talented prospect in Bell, as well as rising prospects such as Allie and Glasnow. Before the season, no one knew what to expect from Allie, but I think it’s safe to say any fan of the Pirates is excited by what the slugging first baseman has shown so far in this new stage of his career.