FOUR LEXINGTON LEGENDS NAMED TO SOUTH ATLANTIC LEAGUE

By Emma Tiedemann

 

WHITAKER BANK BALLPARK (Lexington, KY) – The Legends are excited to announce today that Seuly Matias, Sebastian Rivero, Nick Pratto and MJ Melendez have been named to the South Atlantic All-Star Team for 2018. The 2018 South Atlantic League All-Star Game is scheduled to be played on June 19, 2018, at First National Bank Field in Greensboro, North Carolina, home of the Greensboro Grasshoppers. The full release and complete rosters is below.

 

"We are very proud to see four Legends be recognized for all their hard work so far this season. They have been leaders on the field and have also been involved in a variety of capacities in the community. We are so excited to see these young men excel on the field, and beyond the diamond as well,” said Legends President/CEO Andy Shea.

 

Seuly Matias has been stellar at the plate, leading the SAL in home runs for the majority of the season. Currently, Matias is batting .247 with 17 home runs, seven doubles, one triple and 34 RBI. His 17 home runs, currently leads all levels of Minor League Baseball. He started the season off with a bang, blasting four home runs in the first three games and recorded a six-game hit streak from 4/05-09 where he went 8-for-19 with one triple, eight RBI and four homers. He had a five-game hit streak from 4/16-25 when he went 8-for-20 with two doubles and home runs in back-to-back games. He has picked up speed again smashing five home runs in five games 5/27-6/02.

 

MJ Melendez has alternated behind the plate all season with fellow Lexington catcher, Sebastian Rivero. Melendez had a four-game hit streak 4/17-21 going 4-for-16 with two home runs and four RBI. He was named South Atlantic League Player of the Week for the week of 5/14-20 after having a stellar seven days at the plate. During that time, he went 10-for-24 batting .472/.462/1.042 with a double, triple, four home runs, eight RBI and scored six runs. Melendez had another six-game hit streak from 5/20-25 going 9-for-25 with one home run, four doubles and six RBI. Currently, Melendez is batting .263 with 11 doubles, five triples, eight home runs and 29 RBI this season.

 

Nick Pratto has been the every day first baseman for the Legends, appearing in 49 games. Pratto hit the ground running in his first year with a full-season team, with a six-game hit streak from 4/19-25. He went 12-for-23 with two doubles, one home run and five RBI. From 5/09-514 he recorded another six-game hit streak with one double, two home runs and five RBI. Pratto is currently batting .264 with 10 doubles, seven home runs and 27 RBI.

 

Sebastian Rivero has been a very valuable backstop for the Legends, as well as productive at the plate. Rivero recorded his first four-game hit streak of the season from 4/18-25 going 9-for-15 with two home runs, six RBI and four runs scored. He had an eight-game hit streak from 5/05-5/14 going 13-for-31 with three doubles, home run, three RBI and six runs. 

Rivero is currently batting .266 with seven doubles, four home runs and 17 RBI.  

 

The Legends, a Class A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals and member of the South Atlantic League, play all home games at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington, Kentucky. For ticket information, call (859) 422-7867 or visit LexingtonLegends.com

SOUTH ATLANTIC LEAGUE ANNOUNCES ROSTERS FOR 59th ANNUAL SAL ALL-STAR GAME

            CLEARWATER, FL—Eric Krupa, president of the South Atlantic League, has announced the rosters for the 59th Annual SAL All-Star Game, scheduled to be played on June 19, 2018, at First National Bank Field in Greensboro, North Carolina, home of the Greensboro Grasshoppers.

            

For the Northern Division, the Kannapolis Intimidators placed seven players on the roster, including second baseman Tate Blackman, shortstop Laz Rivera and center fielder Luis Gonzalez.  The Lakewood BlueClaws provide six players, including starting pitcher Will Stewart.  The Delmarva Shorebirds and Hickory Crawdads each contribute three players.  The Delmarva Shorebirds provide first baseman Seamus Curran, third baseman Trevor Craport and left fielder Zach Jarett.  The Greensboro Grasshoppers, the Hagerstown Suns and the West Virginia Power each provide two players.  The Greensboro Grasshoppers provide designated hitter Lazaro Alonso and the West Virginia Power provide catcher Deon Stafford and right fielder Calvin Mitchell.

 

            Greensboro manager Todd Pratt will skipper the Northern Division All-Stars for the first time.  Pratt is in his second season in the league.  Pratt will be assisted by Hagerstown’s Patrick Anderson, Kannapolis’ Justin Jirschele and Greensboro pitching coach Mark DiFelice.  Handling the athletic trainer's duties for the Northern Division will be Greensboro’s Eric Reigelsberger.  Greensboro’s Brady Fitzgerald will serve as the strength and conditioning coach for both teams.

For the Southern Division, the Rome Braves placed six players on the team, including center fielder Drew Waters.  The Columbia Fireflies and Lexington Legends each provided four players, with Lexington providing catcher MJ Melendez, right fielder Seuly Matias and designated hitter Nick Pratto.  The Asheville Tourists, the Augusta GreenJackets and the Greenville Drive each contributed three players, with Asheville supplying first baseman Chad Spanberger, second baseman Bret Boswell and left fielder Casey Golden.  The Augusta GreenJackets provide starting pitcher Joey Marciano and shortstop Manuel Geraldo.  The Charleston RiverDogs contribute two players, including third baseman Chris Hess.

Greenville skipper Iggy Suarez will manage the Southern Division squad.  Suarez is in his first season managing in the league and in his third season as a manager.  The other coaches for the Southern Division will be announced later this week.  Greenville’s Phil Millan will serve as the team's athletic trainer.

            

Both all-star teams will be represented by 25 players, selected by the votes of the team’s managers and coaching staffs, local media and front office executives.  First National Bank Field will be hosting its second SAL All-Star Game.  The first time was 2008, when the Northern Division beat the Southern Division 13-4 in a game that featured Madison Bumgarner, Freddie Freeman and Jason Heyward.  The annual SAL All-Star Game dates to 1960, when the All-Stars defeated the Salisbury club, 6-2, in Newton, NC.

       

 "Once again, we look forward to enjoying a game that showcases the incredible talent in this league," said Krupa.  “Greensboro Grasshoppers President/GM Donald Moore and the entire staff in Greensboro have been working for more than a year to put together one of the most anticipated events on our baseball calendar.”

            

 A variety of events have been scheduled in Greensboro in conjunction with the 59th SAL All-Star Game.  The 2018 SAL Hall of Fame inductions will take place as part of the All-Star Luncheon, sponsored by the Greensboro Sports Council, which will be held at The Terrace at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex on Tuesday June 19 with doors opening at 11:00 am. 

A limited number of tickets are available and can be purchased directly from the Greensboro Grasshoppers by calling Mary DeFriest at (336) 268-2879. Tickets are $30.00 per person or $300.00 for tables of 10 guests.  Gates open at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, June 19th at First National Bank Field for FanFest and autographs.  A Home Run Derby is scheduled to start at 5:15 pm and the 59th Annual South Atlantic League All-Star Game at First National Bank Field is scheduled to begin at 7:05 pm.  More information can be found at www.gsohoppers.com.

 

2018 South Atlantic League All-Stars

     
 

NORTHERN DIVISION

 

MANAGER

Todd Pratt

Greensboro

COACH

Patrick Anderson

Hagerstown

COACH

Justin Jirschele

Kannapolis

COACH

Mark DiFelice

Greensboro

     

PITCHERS

Will Stewart

Lakewood

 

Blake Battenfield

Kannapolis

 

Kyle Dohy

Lakewood

 

Jake Elliot

Kannapolis

 

Tyler Johnson

Kannapolis

 

Ryan Lillie

Greensboro

 

Tyler Phillips

Hickory

 

Nick Raquet

Hagerstown

 

Ramon Rosso

Lakewood

 

Addison Russ

Lakewood

     

CATCHERS

Deon Stafford

West Virginia

 

Sam Huff

Hickory

 

Yohel Pozo

Hickory

FIRST BASEMAN

Seamus Curran

Delmarva

SECOND BASEMAN

Tate Blackman

Kannapolis

THIRD BASEMAN

Trevor Craport

Delmarva

SHORTSTOP

Laz Rivera

Kannapolis

UTILITY INFIELDER

Nick Maton

Lakewood

UTILITY INFIELDER

Jake Scheiner

Lakewood

RIGHT FIELD

Calvin Mitchell

West Virginia

CENTER FIELD

Luis Gonzalez

Kannapolis

LEFT FIELD

Zach Jarett

Delmarva

UTILITY OUTFIELDER

Nick Banks

Hagerstown

UTILITY OUTFIELDER

Craig Dedelow

Kannapolis

DESIGNATED HITTER

Lazaro Alonso

Greensboro

TRAINER

Eric Reigelsberger

Greensboro

S&C COACH

Brady Fitzgerald

Greensboro

     
     
 

SOUTHERN DIVISION

 

MANAGER

Iggy Suarez

Greenville

COACH

TBA

 

COACH

TBA

 
     

PITCHERS

Joey Marciano

Augusta

 

Walter Borkovich

Rome

 

Joe Cavallaro

Columbia

 

Kutter Crawford

Greenville

 

John Gavin

Augusta

 

David Peterson

Columbia

 

Denyi Reyes

Greenville

 

Kelvin Rodriguez

Rome

 

Freddy Tamok

Rome

 

Bruce Zimmermann

Rome

     

CATCHERS

MJ Melendez

Lexington

 

Scott Manea

Columbia

 

Sebastian Rivero

Lexington

FIRST BASEMAN

Chad Spanberger

Asheville

SECOND BASEMAN

Bret Boswell

Asheville

THIRD BASEMAN

Chris Hess

Charleston

SHORTSTOP

Manuel Geraldo

Augusta

UTILITY INFIELDER

Riley Delgado

Rome

UTILITY INFIELDER

Jeremy Vasquez

Columbia

RIGHT FIELD

Seuly Matias

Lexington

CENTER FIELD

Drew Waters

Rome

LEFT FIELD

Casey Golden

Asheville

UTILITY OUTFIELDER

Victor Acosta

Greenville

UTILITY OUTFIELDER

Steven Sensley

Charleston

DESIGNATED HITTER

Nick Pratto

Lexington

TRAINER

Phil Millan

Greenville

 

 

 

 



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