Tuesday was an exciting day for a handful of Osprey players, as the Pioneer League released the roster for 2017 All-Star Team. Among the players representing the North Division on the Pioner League squad are three members of the Osprey. Infielder Keshawn Lynch, catcher Dominic Miroglio, and pitcher Abraham Almonte will all make the trip to Hillsboro for the August 1 Pioneer League vs. Northwest League All-Star Game.
Keshawn Lynch, IF
The Osprey leader in batting average (.380), second baseman Keshawn Lynch gets the call as an all-star after competing in 19 games. A 14th-round pick of the Diamondbacks in 2017 from Florida State College Manatee-Sarasota, Lynch is a contender for the Pioneer League batting title. While his plate appearances fall just short of the threshold for qualification, Lynch has established himself as a valuable piece of Missoula’s lineup.
In addition to his team-high average, Lynch has smashed one homer, driven in 11 runs, and stolen five bases, which ties him for most on the Osprey. Upon joining the O’s on June 23, Lynch reeled off a five-game hitting streak to begin his career. Overall, he has hits in 16 of the 19 games in which he’s played.
Dominic Miroglio, C
Selected in the 20th round of the 2017 MLB Draft, Miroglio has illustrated his ability as a reliable backstop and a mature hitter. Between his ability to handle Missoula’s pitching staff and control opponent running games, Miroglio has helped the Osprey to contention in the first-half pennant race. The California native has thrown out 41.2% of would-be base stealers, while also batting .305 with a homer, seven RBI, and just two strikeouts in 70 plate appearances.
Miroglio spent his first season of college at UCLA before transferring to the University of San Francisco, where he earned all-conference honors and functioned as a premiere bat in the middle of the order for the Dons.
Abraham Almonte, LHP
Chosen in the 26th round of the 2017 MLB Draft, left-hander Abraham Almonte has been one of the most dominant pitchers in the Pioneer League through the year’s first half. With a perfect 5-for-5 mark in saves, Almonte has anchored the back of Missoula’s bullpen.
A product of Philadelphia University in the NCAA Division-II ranks, Almonte has masterfully managed the step up competition, allowing only two runs in his nine appearances.
Congratulations to all three Osprey all-stars!