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Reese McGuire lived up to his defensive hype in his debut, while also showing some offensive potential.

Reese McGuire and Erich Weiss Named To SAL All-Star Game

The South Atlantic League All-Stars were announced this morning and the West Virginia Power will send two players to the game. Catcher Reese McGuire and second baseman Erich Weiss were named to the squad.

McGuire missed some time in late April/early May and was hitting .222 at the time. He has been on fire since returning, compiling a 19-game hit streak that was snapped last night. He hit .333 in 22 games in May and currently has a .283/.342/.324 slash line in 145 at-bats. It’s not just the offensive surge that put him on the team. McGuire has thrown out 49% of attempted base stealers, catching 21 of 43 runners.

Erich Weiss is West Virginia’s team leader in OPS with an .837 mark. He has a .323 batting average, which ranks him 8th in the South Atlantic League. He also leads the Power with 34 runs scored, 63 hits, 14 doubles and 27 walks.

We could see more players added to the team at a later date as either injury replacements or to fill in for players that were promoted prior to the game. The SAL All-Star game takes place on June 17th in Hickory.

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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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  • Jared

    Great to hear about the success that Reese is having this season. Cannot wait to see him in the higher levels and see if he can continue to have success with the bat. His defense and arm are golden…just hope he can continue to hit.

  • blackmax

    The knock against Weiss was that he didn’t show much power. Has that doubt been eviscerated? Is he now a genuine prospect?

    • John Dreker

      I think he is still marginal right now. He only has one homer, so while 14 doubles is a real nice total at this point, he is still missing the over-the-wall power. He’s also having a tough time with LHP, posting a .581 OPS with a 33% K rate, so that needs to improve. At his age, coming from a major college, he should be doing well in the SAL and I’d say the results are still good despite the flaws.

  • ElGaupo77

    The 22 y/o Weiss makes the All-Star team.
    The 21 y/o Jacoby Jones does not make the All-Star team.
    The 20 y/o Mathisen does not make the All-Star team.
    The 19 y/o McGuire makes the All-Star team.

    The 19 y/o’s Meadows and Ramirez do not make the All-Star team.

    Too bad Meadows and Ramirez were/are injured. Be cool to have three 19 y/o’s make it.

    • John Dreker

      I’ve seen 25 year old players make the SAL All-Star team. Weiss won’t make the prospect team due to his age, but he is definitely one of the best second baseman in the league

  • R Edwards

    I’m surprised that JaCoby Jones did not make it, purely on his power production numbers…

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