Suns sending seven to SAL All-Star Game

June 07, 2011|By BOB PARASILITI |
  • The Washington Nationals are in no hurry to move top pick Bryce Harper up the organizational ladder.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Bryce Harper got rewarded today for his work with the Hagerstown Suns.

He earned a trip to the beach — and he gets to take six friends with him.

Harper leads a contingent of seven members of the Suns to Maryland’s Eastern Shore for the 52nd annual South Atlantic League All-Star Game on June 21 at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury.

Harper, the top prospect of the Washington Nationals, was the top vote-getter for the game and will start in right field for the Northern team. The Suns will be represented by five players and two coaches.

Joining Harper in the starting lineup will be third baseman Blake Kelso and catcher David Freitas. Starter Taylor Jordan and reliever Chris Manno will be part of the Northern pitching staff.

The team is comprised of 26 players from the seven Northern Division teams as selected from votes cast by team managers, coaching staffs and front office executives along with local media.

Suns manager Brian Daubach will manage the Northern Division, along with pitching coach Chris Michalak.

Harper, Kelso and Freitas comprise three-quarters of the top four hitters in Hagerstown’s batting order, combining for a .326 batting average, 21 home runs and 110 RBIs.

Harper is hitting .338 with 13 homers, 14 doubles and 41 RBIs. He is sixth in the league in hitting and is tied for second in home runs and fourth in RBIs.

Kelso is fifth best in the SAL at .350 with two homers, 30 RBIs and nine stolen bases. The Suns began to assume control in the Northern Division standings when Kelso was inserted as the leadoff hitter in the order.

Freitas has been Harper’s protector, batting behind him in the cleanup slot. He is hitting .283 with six home runs and 39 RBIs.

Jordan carries a 6-1 record with a 2.48 ERA. He has allowed 52 hits and has struck out 32 in 54 1/3 innings.

Manno was spotless as a reliever until allowing his first earned run in 20 appearances in a loss last Saturday. He is 1-2 with seven saves with a 0.33 ERA in 27 innings. He has allowed nine hits, 10 walks and 44 strikeouts.

Daubach has guided Hagerstown into first place by 2 1/2 games in his first year managing the Suns. Hagerstown owns the best record in the SAL at 35-22, including a 20-9 mark on the road.

Michalak is in his second season with the Suns and has guided the pitching staff to a 3.62 ERA, second best in the SAL and tops in the Northern Division.

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