South Atlantic League baseball
What: Five-game series
When: Thursday through Sunday (6:05 p.m. Thursday doubleheader, 7:05 Friday night, 2:05 Saturday and Sunday afternoons)
Where: Appalachian Power Park (Charleston, W.Va.)
Major League affiliations: Kansas City Royals (Legends), Pittsburgh Pirates
Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Thursday, LH Colin Rodgers (1-1, 4.70) vs. RH Dovydas Neverauskas (0-1, 13.50) and RH Corey Ray (0-0, 2.89) vs. RH Miguel Rosario (0-0, 1.69); Friday, RH Zach Lovvorn (0-1, 2.08) vs. RH Austin Coley (2-0, 2.70); Saturday, RH Torey Deshazier (1-1, 3.46) vs. RH Jose Regalado (0-0, 1.08); Sunday, LH Matt Tenuta (1-2, 5.27) vs. LH John Sever (1-0, 2.70).
Legend to watch: SS Corey Toups (5-foot-10, 170 pounds, age 22, bats and throws right, from The Woodlands, Texas) is batting only .200, but leads the Legends in RBI with eight in 10 games. Four of his seven hits have gone for extra bases — a double and a team-leading three home runs. Selected in the 15th round of last year’s draft, out of Sam Houston State, Toups earned Pioneer League all-star honors last summer, leading the league with a .453 on-base percentage while batting .335. A 2011 graduate of The Woodlands College Park High, he teamed with the Legends’ Ryan O’Hearn at Sam Houston State. As a college freshman, Toups started all 62 games. He sat out his sophomore season due to injury. As a junior, he batted .310 while leading the team in runs and tying for the team lead in doubles and stolen bases.
Power to watch: 1B Jerrick Suiter (6-4, 230, 22, right/right, from Valparaiso, Ind.) is 13-for-39 (.333) through 11 games, with a triple and homer. He has eight RBI and seven runs scored, with a stolen base. He had a three-hit game against the Legends last week and is 5-for-13 (.385) in three games against Lexington pitching. A 26th round draft pick last year, out of Texas Christian, he played 55 games for Bristol of the Appalachian League last summer, batting .279 with a homer, 29 RBI and 35 runs.
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