By Jason Shetler
It was announced on Thursday that four Altoona Curve players have been selected for the Eastern League All-Star Game. Those players are Harold Ramirez, Edwin Espinal, Jared Lakind and Tyler Eppler. The game will take place July 13th in Akron.
Ramirez is the most notable out of the group, as he’s currently the seventh best prospect in the Pirates system according to MLB Pipeline. The Colombian born outfielder has played in 69 games this season for the Curve, hitting .294 with a .745 OPS.
Espinal signed with the Pirates out of the Dominican Republic in 2010. In 55 games with the Curve, he’s batting .317 along with an OPS of .807, while splitting his time between first base and third base.
Lakind has had an interesting pro career to this point. He was drafted out of high school by the Pirates in 2010 originally as a first baseman. After not doing much at the plate, he made the transition to pitcher in 2013. This season, Lakind is posting a 1.83 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP and has a batting average against of .187 in 28 appearances out of the Curve bullpen.
Eppler was drafted in 2014 by the Pirates as a sixth round selection out of Sam Houston State. The 23-year-old right-hander has made 15 starts for the Curve, as he’s posted an ERA of 3.96 with a 1.26 WHIP.