The Jamestown Jammers will send three players to the NYPL All-Star game, which takes place on Tuesday, August 19th in Brooklyn. First baseman Kevin Ross, outfielder Carl Anderson and relief pitcher Sam Street will represent the Pittsburgh Pirates organization in the game.
Ross was drafted by the Pirates in the 8th round in 2012 and played his first two seasons in the GCL. He is hitting .270/.278/.358 in 148 at-bats. He has hit a recent cold spell, but was hitting well over .300 early in the year. Ross has just 12 strikeouts, though that impressive contact comes with no plate patience, leading to two walks all season and five total in his career.
Carl Anderson was taken in the 19th round of the draft this year and was playing center field regularly until Elvis Escobar joined the team. Anderson is hitting .272/.335/.344 in 44 games, with 14 stolen bases in 18 attempts. Just like Ross, Anderson started the season off terrific and has slowed down a lot recently.
Sam Street is a 22-year-old reliever from Australia, who was taken in the 16th round of the draft this year. He has a 1.59 ERA in 17 innings over 10 appearances. Street has a .169 BAA, 1.47 GO/AO ratio and 2/12 BB/SO ratio.
Somewhat surprising is that the Jammers didn’t have a catcher selected to the game. Taylor Gushue and Kevin Krause are the top two hitters on the team, with .831 and .881 OPS respectively. Both have been playing regularly, splitting time at DH, so lack of playing time isn’t an issue. Krause ranks 5th in the NYPL in OPS, while Gushue is 13th overall.
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Street is old for his level, but given he’s from Oz, how does that calibrate with experience of US/Latin players at this level? Would Street be considered same as a college senior or as someone with less experience?
He was a draft pick this year out of Texas Pan-Am, two years at a 4-year school, two in JUCO, so he is just like most college seniors