On Wednesday morning, the International League named the All-Star team for their July 11th Triple-A All-Star game against the Pacific Coast League. The Pittsburgh Pirates have three players who were chosen for the game from their Indianapolis Indians affiliate. Shortstop Kevin Newman, outfielder Christopher Bostick and reliever Dovydas Neverauskas each made the team.
Newman is hitting .305/.355/.383 in 67 games, with a league leading 18 stolen bases. He ranks fifth in the league in batting average.
Bostick has been playing outfield exclusively this season. He’s hitting .291/.343/.437 in 67 games and ranks fourth in the league with 20 doubles.
Neverauskas made the team despite two stints in the majors this season. With Indianapolis, he has a 1.78 ERA in 25.1 innings over 19 appearances, with 34 strikeouts, a 1.14 WHIP and a .141 BAA.
Among players who didn’t make it, Jordan Luplow ranks second among outfielders in the league with an .848 OPS. He ranks seventh overall in the league in OPS. Kevin Kramer ranks 13th with an .837 OPS, just 11 points behind Luplow. Tyler Eppler ranks eighth with a 3.14 ERA in 80.1 innings, which is also eighth best in the league. He’s 11th in WHIP and 12th in strikeouts.+ posts
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