Top Phillies prospect, Pirates slugger lead Eastern, Western rosters
If all goes according to plan, J.P. Crawford and Josh Bell could be playing in opposite ends of Pennsylvania in the Majors.
By Sam Dykstra / MiLB.com | July 1, 2015 1:15 PM
The 2015 Eastern League All-Star will take place at Hadlock Field in Portland, Maine, but the two headliners could give the game a definite Pennsylvania feel.
Top Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford (Reading) and third-ranked Pirates farmhand Josh Bell (Altoona) headline the 2015 Eastern League Eastern and Western Division All-Star rosters, respectively, as announced by the Double-A circuit Wednesday. The 2015 Sullivan Tire All-Star Classic is scheduled for Wednesday, July 15, at 7 p.m. ET.
Crawford missed the beginning of the season with an oblique strain and joined the Fightin Phils on May 30 after a stint at Class A Advanced Clearwater. In 30 games with the club, the 20-year-old shortstop has a .268/.376/.409 line with two homers, two triples, eight doubles, 12 RBIs and a favorable 15-to-22 K/BB ratio. He's ranked as MLB.com's No. 16 overall prospect but will likely move up those rankings later this summer.
Bell, MLB.com's No. 28 overall prospect, is spending his second straight season with Altoona after playing 24 games with the Curve at the end of last season. The switch-hitter has a .321/.393/.437 line with three homers, six triples, 11 doubles and a 31-to-35 K/BB ratio in 71 games upon his return. A second-round pick in 2011, Bell is in his first season as a full-time first baseman after making the move to the position in last year's Arizona Fall League.
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