Salisbury, MD - The South Atlantic League has announced several additions to the All-Star rosters, honoring two more Shorebirds, Trey Mancini and Dylan Rheault. Mancini and Rheault will join their five teammates already selected to the game in Hickory: Mike Yastrzemski, Drew Dosch, Hunter Harvey, Sebastian Vader and Jimmy Yacabonis.
Mancini finished the first half with the Shorebirds' best batting average at .317, which also ranks seventh in the league. The first baseman has been a consistent force in the lineup, playing in 68 of the team's 69 games thus far. Mancini's 85 hits are second in the league, behind only Hagerstown's Wilmer Difo. The Orioles 8th round pick from 2013, Mancini is second on the Shorebirds with 42 RBIs.
Getting off to a slow start, Mancini turned his season around after April. On April 23rd, Mancini was batting just .208 through the first 18 games of the year. The Notre Dame product batted .373 in the month of May. From May 22nd to June 6th, Mancini caught fire as he strung together a 17-game hitting streak in which he batted .429 with 11 mult-hit games in a three-week span. Mancini also reached base safely in 29 consecutive games from May 9th to June 6th, the longest such streak in the South Atlantic League this season.
Dylan Rheault has been a crucial part of the Shorebirds' stellar bullpen unit. In 16 relief appearances, the right-hander reliever is 6-1 with a 3.41 ERA and two saves to his credit. On April 4th, Rheault recorded his first save of his professional career, helping Delmarva to their first win of the season. From April 10th to April 26th, Rheault rattled off five consecutive wins in five relief appearances. The Canadian native pitched 12 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings from April 14th to May 7th, lowering his ERA to 0.98 at one point.
With seven selections to this year's contest, it will be the most All-Star participants for Delmarva since 2005. Previously, the Shorebirds sent five players to the 2011 All-Star Game hosted at Perdue Stadium. The Northern and Southern Divisions will square off on Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm at L.P. Frans Stadium in Hickory, North Carolina.