Four Altoona Curve Named to Eastern League All-Star Game

On Thursday afternoon, the Eastern League announced the rosters for their July 13th All-Star game in Akron. Four Altoona Curve players were named to the Western Division squad.

Starting pitcher Tyler Eppler gets the nod thanks to a 3.96 ERA in 88.2 innings, with an 18:55 BB/SO ratio and a 1.26 WHIP. He takes the mound tonight for Altoona ranking just six innings pitched behind the league leader.

Reliever Jared Lakind has a 1.83 ERA in 28 appearances this season. In 39.1 innings, he has 35 strikeouts, a 1.12 WHIP and a .187 BAA. He has thrown shutout ball in 19 of his last 20 appearances.

First baseman Edwin Espinal has been the best hitter on Altoona since Austin Meadows left, putting up a .987 OPS this month. His .317 average would rank him third in the Eastern League if he had enough plate appearances to qualify, falling nine short as of Thursday afternoon. On the season, he has an .807 OPS in 55 games.

Outfielder Harold Ramirez ranks eighth in the league with a .294 average. He’s fifth in the league with 80 hits and 12th with 43 runs scored. Ramirez has battled through injuries during his career, but he has remained healthy this season. He has played 69 games this year, 11 short of his career high.

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All well earned….I would hope Erich Weiss and DuRapau got some consideration as well.

Bobby L

Best wishes to all but especially to LaKind, who couldn’t hit, turned to pitching and is now an All Star.


Lakind is a great story – you can’t help but root for a kid like that….

Bruce Humbert

Away from home Don’t have the book with me – what is the projection foo LaKind?

Bruce Humbert

Never mind – found a good recent article. Since he is in his last year perhaps he gets pushed to Indy in late July -early August ⚾️
Need to find out if he is roster worthy


Keep working Montana!!! Keep working Brotha!! Your time is coming!!!

Bobby L

Montana better keep working. He has lots of fans here.

What happened to his college teammate, Sever?

Joey L

He retired

Bobby L

Thanks missed that.
When you sign for peanuts, you can’t play forever,


No Reese. Bummer.


Eppler’s bid was likely aided by Austin Meadows inflating the rest of the league’s ERA.

Good to see the talent performing, though.

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