OH – Akron Aeros right-hander Paolo Espino will replace closer Bryce Stowell on
the Western Division roster for next week’s 2010 Eastern League All-Star Game,
the league announced today. Espino has ranked among the EL leaders in wins all
season and takes the spot of the recently promoted Stowell, who was a fan
selection for the contest. The Aeros will also send third baseman Lonnie
Chisenhall and outfielder John Drennen to this year’s All-Star Game on
Wednesday, July 14th at Metro Bank Park in Harrisburg, PA.
a native of Panama City, Panama, currently holds a 7-4 record on the season
with a 4.16 ERA in 17 outings (11 starts). He leads the team with 80 innings
pitched total and ranks second with 69 strikeouts after beginning the year as a
starter before shifting to piggyback duties for left-hander Nick Hagadone.
Espino delivered at least 4.2 innings pitched in each of his first 11
appearances, holding a 3.28 ERA after permitting just one hit in five frames of
relief against the Erie SeaWolves at Canal Park on June 1st.
5’10”, 190-lb. pitcher spent the vast majority of the 2009 season with the
Class A Kinston Indians. He was 9-6 in 22 games (21 starts) for the K-Tribe,
finishing with a Carolina League-best 2.59 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. He finished third
in the Indians Player Development System in wins (11) and ERA (3.01) while also
making six appearances for the Class A Lake County Captains and a spot start in
Akron. Cleveland selected Espino in the 10th round of the June 2006
Draft out of The Pendleton School in Bradenton, FL.
Indians transferred Stowell to Class AAA Columbus Sunday after he spent six
weeks with the Aeros this season. The California native did not surrender a run
in 22.1 innings pitched across 14 outings (one start) in Double-A. The
23-year-old then made his Clippers debut Monday and overall on the year, he has
a 0.74 ERA with 75 strikeouts against only 20 walks in 48.2 innings. Cleveland
originally selected Stowell in the 22nd round of the June 2008 Draft
out of the University of California, Irvine.
Akron’s four-game home stand continues tonight at 7:05 p.m. for a Two for
Tuesday at Canal Park against the Trenton Thunder. All fans can enjoy
two-for-one specials on ballpark favorites such as soft drinks, popcorn, hot
dogs and ice cream scoops, along with a special buy one ticket, get one free
offer from KRAFT Singles. Akron left-hander Scott Barnes (4-7, 5.55 ERA)
matches up against Trenton southpaw Wilkin de la Rosa (2-3, 5.68 ERA) in the
second game of this series. Join Jim Clark for Tuesday night’s radio broadcast
beginning at 6:50 p.m. on Fox Sports 1350 AM and at www.akronaeros.com. For more information,
please call the Aeros at (330) 253-5151.