Four Morgantown Players Selected for NYPL All-Star Game

The New York-Penn League announced the All-Star teams on Thursday afternoon and Morgantown will send four players to the game, which takes place on August 21st in Staten Island. Third baseman Jared Triolo, outfielder Blake Sabol and right-handed pitchers Jesus Valles and Cameron Junker will represent the Black Bears.

Triolo was drafted with the 72nd overall pick in the 2019 draft. He’s mostly been at third base, but also played some shortstop. He’s hitting .269/.349/.431 in 43 games, with 15 doubles, three triples and two homers. Those are solid numbers for the NYPL, but it’s interesting to note that the votes have likely been in for the last 2-3 days, which allows teams to ready their press releases. Triolo added 41 points to his OPS yesterday with a 5-for-5 night, pushing him from 20th in the league in OPS to the 11th spot.

Sabol was the seventh round pick of the Pirates this year. He ranks 22nd in the league in OPS, with a .252/.364/.361 slash line in 41 games. Sabol has been playing all three outfield positions.

Valles made his All-Star run in his last four outings, giving up just two runs over 21.1 innings. He has a 3.33 ERA in 54 innings, with a 1.33 WHIP and a 29:14 SO/BB ratio. He made the jump over two levels from the DSL in 2018 to Morgantown this season.

Cameron Junker (pictured above) was the tenth round pick this year. He has pitched strictly in relief, posting a 1.37 ERA, an 0.97 WHIP, a .154 BAA and 32 strikeouts in 19.2 innings. Despite ranking 12th on the Black Bears in innings pitched, he ranks second in strikeouts.

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