BRADENTON — Bradenton Marauders outfielder Josh Bell and starting pitcher Orlando Castro have been named to the South Division squad for the 2014 Florida State League All-Star game, to be held at 7:05 p.m. June 14 at McKechnie Field in Bradenton.
Rosters for both teams were announced Tuesday.
Both players are making their second All-Star team of their professional careers. Bell and Castro were named South Atlantic League Mid-Season All-Stars in 2013. Bell is a 21-year-old outfielder from Irving, Texas. The switch-hitter is batting .308 with 20 extra-base hits this season, while driving in 34 runs and scoring 21. He has 12 doubles, three triples, and hit his fifth home run of the season on Sunday at Clearwater. Baseball America tabbed Bell as the seventh-best prospect in the Pirates organization before the season. MLB.com rates Bell as the sixth-best prospect in the Pirates system. Castro is a 22-year-old pitcher for San Pedro Sula, Honduras. He is 3-3 with an ERA of 2.77 in 11 appearances (10 starts) this season. He has thrown 61 2/3 innings, striking out 45 batters and surrendering just eight walks. He is pacing the Florida State League in WHIP (0.92). The league is batting .223 against him.