Wentz named SAL’s Most Out­stand­ing Pitcher

Rome pitch­ers and coach earn spots on the league’s post­sea­son all-star team.

Rome News-Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - By Jeremy Ste­wart Sports Ed­i­tor JSte­wart@RN-T.com

Rome pitch­ers and a coach earn spots on the league’s post­sea­son all-star team.

Af­ter two sea­sons of suc­cess on the mound, bat­ters across the South At­lantic League know they will get a chal­lenge each time they face the Rome Braves.

Now two of this sea­son’s top Rome pitch­ers and the pitch­ing coach who has over­seen their progress are get­ting rec­og­nized as mem­bers of the 2017 SAL Post­sea­son All-Star Team, which was an­nounced Tuesday.

Rome boasts the top left-handed and right-handed pitch­ers in the league, with south­paw Joey Wentz and Bryse Wil­son se­lected to the team, while Rome pitch­ing coach Dan Meyer was named as the top coach for the sea­son.

Wentz was also se­lected as the league’s Most Out­stand­ing Pitcher, pro­vid­ing the 19-year-old with a top honor to go with his con­sis­tent sea­son as the Braves’ No. 13 prospect.

“This is a tremen­dous honor for th­ese in­di­vid­u­als as well as the At­lanta Braves or­ga­ni­za­tion,” Rome Braves gen­eral man­ager Mike Dunn said. “The fu­ture con­tin­ues to looks bright and I con­grat­u­late Joey, Bryce, and Dan on this out­stand­ing achieve­ment.”

Wentz has an 8-3 record and an ERA of 2.70 work­ing 126.2 in­nings in 25 games. He has twice recorded a ca­reer-high nine strike­outs and is sec­ond in the

league with 146. Wil­son is cur­rently 10-6 with a 2.52 ERA in 28 starts throw­ing 128.2 in­nings.

Meyer had a solid sea­son lead­ing Rome pitch­ing to a 3.16 ERA, which is sec­ond in the league. A mem­ber of the 2003 SAL Cham­pi­onship Rome Braves team, Meyer pitched in Ma­jor League Base­ball with the Braves, Mar­lins and Ath­let­ics.

The all-star team was voted on by the 14 South At­lantic League team’s field man­agers, gen­eral man­agers, sports writ­ers and broad­cast­ers.

The Rome Braves are in Greenville and re­turn to State Mu­tual Sta­dium on Fri­day for the fi­nal four games of the reg­u­lar sea­son against Columbia with fire­works fol­low­ing Satur­day’s game.

File, Jeremy Ste­wart / RN-T

Rome Braves pitcher Joey Wentz is named the 2017 South At­lantic League Most Out­stand­ing Pitcher.

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