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Josh Bell and Orlando Castro Named to FSL All-Star Team

The Florida State League announced their All-Star selections today. Right fielder Josh Bell and left-handed pitcher Orlando Castro will represent the Bradenton Marauders in the game. Earlier in the day, the South Atlantic League chose catcher Reese McGuire and second baseman Erich Weiss for their All-Star game.

Bell has a .308/.354/.466 slash line through 58 games. He leads the Marauders in hits, doubles, triples, homers, RBIs, total bases and OPS. Bell is tenth in the FSL in OPS and tied for sixth in RBIs. He was an All-Star in the South Atlantic League last season.

Castro has a 2.77 ERA through 61.2 innings this season. He has walked just eight batters and struck out 45, while holding hitters to a .223 BAA and posting a 1.42 GO/AO ratio. In the month of May, he was even better, with a 2.36 ERA and .185 BAA. Just like Bell, he was also named to the SAL All-Star team last season.

The two Pittsburgh Pirates farmhands will be playing in front of their home fans. The game takes place at McKechnie Field in Bradenton on June 14th.

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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  • pilbobuggins

    I’m thinking of going to that game, hav’nt decided yet if I want to see all three games at tampa or skip one and go to the all star game. Depends on the money situation at the time.

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