South Atlantic League baseball
What: Four-game series
When: Thursday through Sunday (7:05 Thursday through Saturday nights, 2:05 Sunday afternoon)
Where: Appalachian Power Park (Charleston, W.Va.)
Major League affiliates: Kansas City Royals (Legends), Pittsburgh Pirates (Power)
Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Thursday, LH Colin Rodgers (3-1, 2.30) vs. RH Clay Holmes (1-3, 6.10); Friday, LH Daniel Stumpf (3-0, 1.19) vs. RH Tyler Glasnow (3-0, 1.80); Saturday, RH Aroni Nina (0-2, 4.74) vs. RH Jake Burnette (0-0, 49.1); Sunday, RH Bryan Brickhouse (1-3, 2.33) vs. LH Joely Rodriguez (2-2, 3.14).
Legend to watch: Sunday starter Bryan Brickhouse (6-foot, 212 pounds, age 20, from Charlotte, N.C.) is reigning SAL Pitcher of the Week (1 GS, 6.2i, 0r, 2h, 9k, 2w), having pitched Lexington to a 2-0 road victory over Lakewood. In one start this week, against Kannapolis, Brickhouse threw five innings of one-run, seven-hit ball. Overall, his 1-3, 2.33 mark comes over seven starts and 38 2/3 innings. He has 34 strikeouts to nine walks, holding opponents to a .231 average. His ERA is 3.18 at home, 1.66 on the road. A third-round draft choice in 2011, he went 7-2 with a 1.08 ERA and 129 strikeouts over 72 innings as a high school senior in The Woodlands, Texas. His teammates included Jameson Taillon, the second overall pick in the 2010 draft. Brickhouse passed on a chance to play collegiate ball for North Carolina and signed with the Royals for $1.5 million. His grandfather, Norman Brickhouse, was a catcher for North Carolina State. The Legends’ Brickhouse (no relation to Hall of Fame broadcaster Jack Brickhouse) played one game for the Idaho Falls Chukars last season and 10 for the Kane County Cougars of the Midwest League, going a combined 3-3, 6.62, with 41 strikeouts and 26 walks. Coming into this season, Baseball America rated him the 17th best prospect in the Royals system.
Power to watch: 1B Allie Stetson (6-2, 238, 22, bats and throws right, from Olmstead Falls, Ohio) leads or shares the team lead in games (36), average (.316), hits (43), homers (8), total bases (76), slugging (.559) and OPS (.961) through Tuesday. Out of St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio, he also pitched and went 9-1 with a 1.29 ERA as a senior. He also struck out 134 in 60 innings. The Pirates selected him in the second round of the 2010 draft. He played last season with the Gulf Coast League Pirates, batting .213 with three homers, 19 RBI and 23 runs. He earned SAL Player of the Week honors in mid-April.
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