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International Week Alum Grayson Rodriguez Starts South Atlantic League All-Star Game

June 19, 2019

Congratulations are, as they often seem to be with him these days, once again in order for Grayson Rodriguez.

The 2017 International Week standout and current Baltimore Orioles farmhand earned the start for the North Team in the 2019 South Atlantic League All-Star Game, and spun a scoreless first inning in a 6-2 victory.

Rodriguez faced a prospect-laden quartet of Michael Gigliotti, Terrin Vavra, Canaan Smith and Tristan Casas, and allowed only a single to Smith — one which came after Rodriguez got ahead in the count, 1-2 — while retiring the other three. ┬áCasas, a Red Sox farmhand, is considered to be one of the Top 100 prospects in baseball by MLB Pipeline; he’s currently ranked 96th, while Rodriguez has nearly climbed into the Top 50 at No. 53.

Rodriguez, taken in the first round by the Orioles last year, is currently 6-1 with a 2.42 ERA in 10 starts for the Delmarva Shorebirds this season.

Mike Ashmore

Mike Ashmore is a veteran baseball writer with 15 years experience in the business.He's covered the last four World Series, and has also worked everything ranging from the MLB All-Star Game to the World Baseball Classic.In addition to his role working for Program 15, the 34-year-old New Jersey native currently serves as the beat writer of the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League as well as national hockey writer and New York Giants beat reporter for The Trentonian.Ashmore has worked the Super Bowl, Stanley Cup Final, Frozen Four, Daytona 500, major UFC events and much more as he approaches 2,000 games covered in his career.
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