Ball named Player of the Year; Stallings takes top pitching honor
Bruce Ball and Mitch Stallings each moved up to Class A Rome after dominating for Rookie Advanced Danville. (Chris Robertson/MiLB.com)
By Sam Dykstra / MiLB.com | August 23, 2019 5:25 PM
The Appalachian League may not have an All-Star Game, but as of Friday, it does have a group of All-Stars.
Braves prospects Bryce Ball and Mitch Stallings, both of Rookie Advanced Danville, were named Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively, as the Appalachian League named its end-of-season All-Star team.
Ball was a 24th-round pick this year out of Dallas Baptist and took off in his introduction to pro ball. The 21-year-old first baseman leads the league with 13 homers and a .676 slugging percentage over 41 games, even though he was promoted to Class A Rome on Aug. 12. The left-handed slugger also ranks second with a 1.086 OPS, third with a .410 on-base percentage and fourth with a .324 batting average over 173 plate appearances.
Stallings, a 30th-round pick out of Duke in 2018, led the Appy League with a 2.25 ERA and ranks second among qualifiers with a 1.14 WHIP. He's struck out a league-best 69 and walked only 11 over 56 innings in his second trip to Danville after working exclusively out of the bullpen last summer. The 24-year-old southpaw made his Class A Rome debut on Aug. 18, tossing five scoreless frames for the South Atlantic League club.
The most notable prospect named to the Appy League All-Star list Friday is Rays No. 14 prospectNick Schnell. Taken with the 32nd overall pick in June, the 19-year-old outfielder hit .286/.361/.503 with five homers and five stolen bases in 37 games with Princeton before his promotion to Class A Bowling Green.
Pulaski's Luis Dorante was named the Manager of the Year. The Yankees are 40-22 heading into Friday night's action, giving them the league's best record by four games over East Division rival Burlington. Appy League regular-season play ends next Wednesday.
Below is the full list of 2019 Appalachian League end-of-season All-Stars and honorees:
2019 Appalachian League end-of-season All-Stars and honorees
Sam Dykstra is a reporter for MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @SamDykstraMiLB.
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