Former Pirate Shawn Armstrong (Photo by Nikolaus © 2012 Carolina Mudcats)
June 11, 2012
ZEBULON, N.C. - Former East Carolina pitcher Shawn Armstrong has been named to the 2012 Carolina League All-Star Team the Carolina Mudcats released today.
The game will feature All-Stars from the Carolina League against the best from the California League at BB&T Ballpark in Winston-Salem, N.C., on June 19. The Carolina League All-Star team is selected by a vote of league managers, general managers and media.
Armstrong, an 18th round selection by the Cleveland Indians in 2012, boasts an impressive 1.16 ERA in 18 appearances for the Mudcats. The right-hander from New Bern, N.C. has allowed only four runs on 17 hits in 31 innings while striking out 39 and walking just 15. In his first seven appearances in his rookie season, Armstrong did not allow a run and surrendered just one run during a 23-inning stretch.
He becomes the second Pirate to be named to the Mid-Summer Classic roster this season following Seth Maness' selection two weeks ago. Maness (Palm Beach Cardinals) was selected to the Florida State League All-Star game, but will not be able to participate due to being promoted to the St. Louis Cardinals Double-A affiliate in Springfield.
While with Palm Beach, Maness posted a 3-1 ledger in seven starts with a 2.15 ERA. The right-hander from Pinehurst, N.C. struck out 29 batters with just one walk in 46 innings before his promotion. In Springfield, Maness is 2-0 in four starts with a 1.75 ERA having allowed seven runs (five earned) in 25.2 frames. He has fanned 20 batters while issuing three walks.