Three West Virginia Players Named to SAL All-Star Game

The South Atlantic League has announced the rosters for their All-Star game to be held on June 23 in Asheville. Representing the WV Power that day, will be outfielder Elvis Escobar, and pitchers Yeudy Garcia and Junior Lopez.

Escobar is hitting .292/.315/.374 in 51 games this year, with 13 doubles. The 20-year-old has been on a recent hot streak after a slow start. He hit .296 in May and has a .348 average this month, so a late push helped him get selected for the team.

Junior Lopez had a run of 11 appearances, totaling 17.2 innings, without allowing a run. That streak was recently snapped, but he is still having a great year out of the bullpen. On the season, he has thrown 22.1 inning, posting an 0.81 ERA, with 17 strikeouts and four saves.

Yeudy Garcia is the first player I can recall ever going from a Dominican Summer League All-Star appearance one year, to a Low-A All-Star game the next. That’s made more impressive by the fact he was in his first year of pro ball last year. He has split his season between long relief and starting, having more success in the latter role. He has a 1.91 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 46 strikeouts in 47 innings this season. Garcia starts tonight for the Power.

  • Very intrigued by Garcia. What type of pitches does he throw? I take as a reliever he was probably working with less and the Pirates are going to add maybe another offspeed pitch as time goes by? I’m sure you did a write up on him in the last couple weeks but I can’t seem to find it.