Five Bradenton Marauders were named to the Mid-season Florida State League All-Star team today including a RumBunter favorite, Kyle McPherson.
Kyle McPherson (RHP) – McPherson enters today ranked first in the FSL in innings pitched (67.2) and WHIP (0.95), second in walks per 9.0 innings pitched (0.80) and fewest baserunners per 9.0 innings (9.44) and eighth in strikeouts (55).
He has won each of his last three decisions and is 4-1 with a 2.93 ERA (67.2ip/22er) in 11 starts this year.
McPherson was selected by the Pirates in the 14th round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.
Jarek Cunningham (INF) - Cunningham enters today tied for the Florida State League lead in extra base hits (31), second in slugging percentage (.599) tied for third in home runs (11), tied for sixth in doubles (15), tied for fourth in triples (five) and third in total bases (112) and OPS (.936).
Those eleven bombs are the best in the Pirates organization. Cunningham has been a machine. His 31 extra base hits also ranks tied for fifth in all of minor league baseball.
Cunningham was selected in the 18th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft. He has battled injuries in his career.
Ramon Cabrera (C) - Cabrera is hitting .336 (36-for-107) with nine doubles, seven RBI and 17 runs scored in 32 games for the Marauders. He opened the 2011 season by hitting at a .396 clip (19-for-48) in the first month of the season.
Cabrera was signed by the Pirates as a non-drafted free agent on April 11, 2008. His .403 on-base percentage is making believers in the organization.
This is the second straight year he has been named to a mid-season All-Star team (also South Atlantic League in 2010.)
Aaron Baker (1B) - Baker is hitting .270 (50-for-185) with nine doubles, seven home runs and 39 RBI in 50 games. Baker gets his second straight mid-season All-Star team award. He also was SAL in 2010.
Baker was selected by the Pirates in the 11th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.
Brett Lorin (RHP) - Lorin is 2-2 with one save, a 3.25 ERA (44.1ip/16er) and 45 strikeouts in 11 games (six starts) this year. He has surrendered just two home runs this year.
Lorin has allowed just 11 earned runs in his last 37.1 innings (2.65 ERA) after allowing a season-high five runs in his second outing of the year on April 15. He has a 9.1K/9 rate which is tops for the Bucs organization.
The 6’7″ lefty was acquired from the Seattle Mariners in 2009.