The Pacific Rim College League (PRCL) All-Star Teams have been announced, and both the Australasian-Oceania Conference and the Japan-Korea Conference teams truly have the best of the best on their rosters this year.
Two of the freshman included in the JKC team were transfers from the Nor-Am High School league, including Daegu reliever Brett Parent, who so far has 10.1 shutout innings under his belt, in 4 appearances, and Seoul U catcher Dale Speck, who had a mediocre senior year with Saint Patrick Academy’s Irish last season, but so far this year has a .946 OPS and who is turning heads and generating runs as the Sushi’s backup catcher.
Last season’s MVP and the Pitcher of the Year are also on the JKC All-Star roster, and are now two-time PRCL All-Stars. Pyongyang 3B Teruhito Yoshikawa made the cut, and is having another high-flying, MVP contending year. Yoshi is flirting with .400, currently hitting just under it at .394, though he is walking and homering less than last season. Meanwhile, Seoul U’s sophomore Mei-shan Siu, who was named best pitcher last year on a perfect 8-0 record, had his first loss this season but is still showing elite level skills with a 3-1 record, 0.97 ERA and 0.65 WHIP, with 43 K’s in 37 innings.
For the AOC, both of the batter and pitcher award winners were drafted last June, but some excellent players have stepped up admirably. Leading the way are home run leaders Rhys Kyle, a first baseman from Manila U, and center-fielder Hyo-chin Oh, from Singapore Baseball Academy. Kyle, with a PRCL-leading 9 home runs will add plenty of offense to the squad, having improved immensely since his freshman debut last year, when he hit just .228 and had 9 home runs for the whole season. Oh is at 7 home runs, and has an impressive .944 OPS, together with four stolen bases and 25 runs scored.
There is also Taipei’s Nor-Am High School import, freshman LF Stu Dixon, currently enjoying a .424 OBP as he walks more than he strikes out, and a host of others.
All in all some great talent will be on hand for tomorrow’s All-Star Game as the JKC hosts the AOC, who won the first All-Star game in 2017.