The Eastern League named their rosters for the All-Star game scheduled on July 11th in Trenton and four Altoona Curve were selected for the game. First baseman Will Craig, third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes and pitchers Taylor Hearn and Sean Keselica were all named to the Western Division squad.
Craig is hitting .247/.321/.449 in 71 games, with 54 RBIs, which ranks third in the league. He also has 11 homers and 16 doubles.
Hayes is hitting .276/.342/.439 in 64 games, with 19 doubles, four triples and four homers. He has a .978 fielding percentage, which is four points higher than his mark from last year when he won the minor league Gold Glove award for all third basemen.
Hearn has a 3.28 ERA in 74 innings, with 83 strikeouts, a .201 BAA and a 1.11 WHIP. He ranks eighth in the league in ERA, fourth in strikeouts and fifth in WHIP.
Keselica making the team is quite the accomplishment because at one time he was an extra pitcher with the team for two weeks, waiting for a roster opening. He has a 2.93 ERA in 27.2 innings over 21 appearances, with 23 strikeouts, a .141 BAA, a 1.08 WHIP and a 2.29 GO/AO ratio.
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