RailRiders second baseman Jose Pirela named year-end International League All-Star
Pirela ranks among the IL's leaders in batting average (4th, .308), hits (1st, 159), runs scored (1st, 85) and total bases (2nd, 231). The 24-year-old native of Venezuela was the IL's starting second baseman at July's Triple-A All-Star Game and earned the league's Player of the Month honors for June.
Pirela has spent the majority of his time this season at second base. He has also demonstrated his talents at other positions both new and familiar. He has seen time in all three outfield spots, at shortstop and at first base along with select time as the squad's designated hitter. Pirela had never played center field, right field or first base in his stateside pro career before this season. He is the team's first player to receive year-end honors since Jorge Vazquez as the DH in 2011. Pirela is the first SWB player to achieve post-season All-Star status at second base since Kevin Russo in 2009.
The 2014 International League All-Star squad is voted on by the circuit's managers, coaches, media and club representatives.
The RailRiders open a short three-game, two-day home series against the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) Wednesday night with a 5:35 p.m. doubleheader. Matt Tracy (1-6, 5.07) gets the ball in game one against fellow southpaw Raul Valdes (4-5, 3.89). The RailRiders look to lefty Nik Turley (3-3, 4.83) in the nightcap while Buffalo has yet to announce its starter for that affair. Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio starting with the pregame show at 5:05 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio - The GAME, Northeast PA's largest sports radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. For ticket information or to book a group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.