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Three Altoona Curve Players Named to Eastern League All-Star Team


On Monday afternoon, the Eastern League announced the selections for their All-Star game on July 10th. The Altoona Curve have three players named to the Western Division squad. Right-handed pitchers James Marvel and Pedro Vasquez, will be joined by catcher Jason Delay for the league’s mid-season classic being held in Richmond this year.

Vasquez (pictured above) has recently been the best pitcher in the system, allowing just one earned run in his last 31 innings. For the season with Altoona, he has a 2.24 ERA in 68.1 innings, with a 1.00 WHIP, a .222 BAA and a 54:12 SO/BB ratio. He is sixth in the league in ERA and seventh in WHIP.

Marvel has been pitching well all season, except back-to-back rough starts in early May that skewed his overall numbers. He has a 3.36 ERA in 85.2 innings, with a 1.14 WHIP and 71 strikeouts. He ranks second in the league in innings and tenth in strikeouts.

Jason Delay rode an outstanding hot streak in early May to a spot on this roster. His overall slash line is at .263/.318/.466 in 33 games, but since a four-hit game on May 19th, Delay has an .096/.143/.154 slash line. He had a 1.563 OPS from May 3-19.

Third baseman Hunter Owen would have been selected for the game, but he was promoted to Indianapolis last week.

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John Dreker
John Dreker
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball. When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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