Venezuelan infielder becomes sixth RiverDog named to All-Star team
CHARLESTON, S.C. – The South Atlantic League has announced changes to the All-Star rosters in advance of Tuesday’s event, including naming RiverDogs infielder Angel Aguilar to the Southern Division side for the upcoming 58th Annual SAL All-Star game, becoming the sixth member of the Charleston club to take part in the mid-summer classic in Columbia.
With Asheville’s Colton Welker and Vince Fernandez unable to participate, already named All-Star outfielder Estevan Florial will now start in place of Fernandez in left field and Aguilar joins as a utility infielder for the Southern Division side.
Aguilar, 22 and a plus defender at both second and third base, has found his swing in his third season with Charleston, hitting .274/.323/.383 while adding two home runs, driving in 28, and swiping three bases with the RiverDogs in 53 games. The right-handed bat was arguably Charleston’s most important player over the first month when he hit .324 and drove in 15 RBI in 19 games in April (.776 OPS).
Aguilar will join teammates Blake Rutherford (OF), Estevan Florial (OF), Hoy Jun Park (IF), Donny Sands (C), and Brian Keller (RHP) all selected for the Southern Division side on Tuesday, June 20 at Spirit Communications Park. Keller will not pitch in the mid-summer classic due to his impending start on Saturday.
Originally signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent in 2012, Aguilar spent his first two seasons in the Dominican Summer League before having his breakout campaign in the Gulf Coast League where he was managed by the current RiverDogs skipper Patrick Osborn in 2014. With the GCL Yankees 2, Aguilar hit .311 while leading the rookie-level league in home runs (7) and slugging (.536) and finished tenth in batting. Aguilar has spent parts of the last two seasons with the RiverDogs, owning a .238 career batting average with 13 homers in 204 games with Charleston.
Charleston will close out the half with two more contests against Columbia before the All-Star break, trying to snap out of a six-game losing streak against their division rival with game two on Saturday night at 6:05pm at Joe Riley Park. Charleston will send Keller (4-5, 3.97) to face left-hander Thomas Szapucki (1-0, 4.35) with each starter facing the same team for their second consecutive outing.
RiverDogs tickets, including options for the all-new Riley Park Club, are now available and can be secured by contacting the box office at (843) 577-DOGS (3647) or online at www.riverdogs.com. Those that can’t make it to the park can follow every pitch of the RiverDogs season on WTMA 1250 AM in the tri-county area or by streaming online at riverdogs.com and the TuneIn Radio App by searching “RiverDogs.”