Myrtle Beach, SC - From the Myrtle Beach Pelicans:
MYRTLE BEACH, SC- With the 15th Anniversary of the California-Carolina League All-Star Game just one day away, BB&T Coastal Field is preparing to host the cross-continental contest for the second consecutive turn for the Carolina League.
With the rosters already announced, it's inevitable that some players selected would be unable to attend the game due to either injury or promotion, and the game will feature three new faces when the teams take the field on Tuesday evening.
For the Carolina League, Winston-Salem Dash hurler Nevin Griffith and Salem Red Sox pitcher Alex Wilson, who were both selected to the All-Star team, will be unable to compete due to injuries and will be replaced by Wilmington Blue Rocks starter Chris Dwyer and Frederick Keys reliever Jose Duran.
For the California League, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes pitcher Tyler Chatwood earned a promotion to Double-A Arkansas and will be replaced by Lake Elsinore Storm pitcher Anthony Bass.
The number nine overall prospect in the Kansas City Royals organization, Dwyer has enjoyed an excellent season so far with the Blue Rocks.
Racking up a 4-3 record and 2.95 ERA, Dwyer has struck out over a batter an inning with 77 in 73 1/3 frames. The lefty has heated up in the month of June, going 2-0 in three starts with a microscopic ERA of 0.41 (1ER, 22 IP).
In his last start against Winston-Salem, Dwyer tossed just the fourth complete game in the Carolina League this season, and only the second of the nine-inning variety, while striking out a career high 13 batters.
Duran had compiled one of the best seasons for the Northern Division Champion Keys before a rough final appearance brought his overall numbers back towards "just" excellent. His stats are still solid with a 3-1 record and 3.19 ERA in 16 games this season with 35 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings pitched.
Through the first two months of the season, Duran's ERA stood at 0.94, after a month of May that saw him rack up a 0.52 ERA in seven appearances, and fell all the way to 0.86 as late as June 7. A right-hander, Duran has held left-handed batters to a sparkling .208 batting average against.
Bass has also compiled one of the top pitching seasons of anybody in the California League, holding the second-best overall ERA in the league after Chatwood's promotion to Double-A. Bass is currently 6-2 with a 2.74 ERA through the first half of play while leading the league in WHIP (1.07), fewest baserunners per nine innings (9.75), and lowest walks per nine innings (1.43).
The righty has allowed just one earned run through ten innings in the month of June, going 2-0 in the process, part of a five-decision win streak for Bass. In his last start before the break, he struck out a season-high nine San Jose Giants in five shutout innings.
Get your tickets now for the 15th anniversary of the California-Carolina League All-Star Game Tuesday, June 22 at BB&T Coastal Field to cheer on Randall Delgado, J.J. Hoover, and Julio Teheran, the three Pelicans All-Star representatives.