The New York-Penn League announced the rosters for the August 14th All-Star game on Tuesday afternoon. Morgantown will be represented by outfielder Travis Swaggerty, third baseman Mike Gretler and pitcher Cam Alldred.
Swaggerty was the tenth overall pick in this year’s draft. He is hitting .277/.358/.462 in 31 games, with eight doubles, a triple, four homers and eight stolen bases in ten attempts. We just ranked him fifth in the farm system in our mid-season top 50 prospects update.
Gretler was the tenth round pick this year, signing later than normal due to his team winning the College World Series. In 26 games, the 22-year-old third baseman has a .272/.374/.391 slash line, with seven doubles and two triples.
Alldred was drafted in the 24th round out of Cincinnati. In 14 relief appearances, he has a 1.29 ERA in 21 innings, with 23 strikeouts and an 0.90 WHIP. He has not allowed a run in his last 16 innings.
Some minor moves to announce for today. Jin-De Jhang has rejoined Altoona after serving a rehab assignment with Morgantown. The 25-year-old catcher was 4-for-22 in six games with the Black Bears.
Bralin Jackson (Altoona) and Jackson Williams (Indianapolis) were both placed on the disabled list today due to strained roster limits. Both moves were made retroactive and they will be available to come off the disabled list on the 11th for Williams and 13th for Jackson, aka whenever a roster spot opens up on or after those days.
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