The Myrtle Beach Pelicans impressed during the first half of Carolina League play, and six players were honored as major contributors of that success at the League’s All-Star game on Tuesday night.
Following a 2016 All-Star game that saw four Pelicans represent Myrtle Beach, 2017’s event saw five of the six representatives take the field for the showcase in Salem, VA.
Below, a summary of Tuesday’s performances from a 2-0 North Team victory over the South Team:
SP Adbert Alzolay
Myrtle Beach’s 22-year-old starter posted a 2.83 ERA entering the game, earning a 6-1 record for the Pelicans over the first half of the season. Through 70 innings, he has struck out 67 batters and walked just 18.
Alzolay worked the first inning for the South All-Stars, allowing a pair of runs on two base hits and a walk.
2B Bryant Flete
Flete has been one of the most consistent bats in the 2017 Pelicans lineup, hitting at .294 on the season. He’s improved off of his 2016 performance with Myrtle Beach in which he hit .285 in 34 games. This year, he leads the team in batting average and RBI (32).
Flete went 0-2 as the South Team’s leadoff hitter, grounding out twice.
OF Eloy Jimenez
Jimenez is considered one of the best prospects in all of baseball, so it’s no surprise to see what he’s done with the Pelicans this season. In just 28 games with the team, he has hit 7 home runs and leads the team in on-base percentage with a .381 mark.
Jimenez went 0-3 on the night, but there’s no reason to believe he won’t be called up to double-A within a relatively short period of time.
OF Daniel Spingola
Spingola quietly put together one of the best overall performances on the Myrtle Beach club throughout the first half. The outfielder has hit .285, posting a .368 on-base percentage that is good enough for second on the team.
Spingola went 0-2 on Tuesday with a line out and a ground out.
SP Justin Steele
As impressive as Alzolay has been for the Pelicans staff, Steele has been the best run-preventer out of the team’s starters. His 2.32 ERA in 12 starts is best amongst members of the regular rotation.
Steele worked the fifth inning on Tuesday night and was perfect. He didn’t allow a hit and struck out a batter, tossing 19 pitches for the North team.
P Pedro Araujo
Araujo was on the roster but didn’t see time on the field during the All-Star Game. Still, his 2017 performance has been worthy of great recognition.
Araujo has appeared in 20 games out of the Pelicans bullpen, holding hitters to just a .185 average against. With a 35-5 strikeout to walk ratio, he’s most certainly become the team’s best and most consistent relief arm.
The Pelicans are back at home this weekend for a four-game series against the Down East Wood Ducks.