The All-Star break in Minor League Baseball tends to signal the beginning of new assignments, a few higher draft picks making professional debuts and system cuts.
The South Atlantic League has seen its share of impact moves already.
Charleston pitchers Rafael De Paula and Dietrich Enns were assigned to Class-A Advanced Tampa on June 18, meaning the SAL lost two of its better arms.
De Paula had a 2.94 ERA in 64⅓ innings for the RiverDogs, recording the highest strikeout percentage in the league at 37.5 percent.
Enns allowed just three earned runs in 44⅓ innings, striking out 69 for the RiverDogs in relief. He was impressive in a four-inning stint against the Augusta GreenJackets on May 30, not allowing a hit and striking out six.
One of Charleston’s roster spots went to shortstop Eric Jagielo, the New York Yankees’ first-round pick this year out of Notre Dame. Jagielo was selected 26th overall and signed quickly, giving him a chance to get ahead with time in full-season ball right out of college.
The Pittsburgh Pirates assigned Stetson Allie to Class-A Advanced Bradenton on June 19.
The big first baseman hit .324 with 17 home runs for West Virginia in the first half, earning a quick promotion to the next level at 22 years old. Expect Allie to continue slugging at a high clip throughout his time in the minors, but his hitting skills will be tested in the higher levels. If he makes it, the Pirates have a big slugger on their hands.
Kannapolis received the only other 2013 draft pick in the SAL so far in shortstop Tim Anderson, selected 17th overall out of East Central Community College in Mississippi.
Anderson made his professional debut in Augusta on Thursday, going 0 for 4 with two strikeouts and showing nerves in his first game.
But the athletic infielder displayed a quiet confidence after his first game, and he followed it up with two hits and two RBI in his second game Friday.
“It’s a job, and I’m here to play ball. I’m ready,” Anderson said after Thursday’s game.
HOLLICK IMPROVING: Outfielder Tyler Hollick is doing his part to earn a promotion back to Augusta with solid play in the Northwest League so far.
Through eight games with Salem-Keizer, Hollick is hitting .371 with five stolen bases.
The speedy 20-year-old, drafted in the 14th round in 2012, began his assignment with the Volcanoes with 11 hits in his first five games.
Hollick was given the distinction of best speed among San Francisco Giants draft picks last year.
He began the season with the GreenJackets but struggled, hitting .178 with four stolen bases in 15 games.