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ROME BRAVES: Wentz named SAL’s Most Outstanding Pitcher

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Rome Braves Joey Wentz

Rome Braves pitcher Joey Wentz is named the 2017 South Atlantic League Most Outstanding Pitcher. (File, Jeremy Stewart/

Now two of this season’s top Rome pitchers and the pitching coach who has overseen their progress are getting recognized as members of the 2017 SAL Postseason All-Star Team, which was announced Tuesday.

Rome boasts the top left-handed and right-handed pitchers in the league, with southpaw Joey Wentz and Bryse Wilson selected to the team, while Rome pitching coach Dan Meyer was named as the top coach for the season.

Wentz was also selected as the league’s Most Outstanding Pitcher, providing the 19-year-old with a top honor to go with his consistent season as the Braves’ No. 13 prospect.

“This is a tremendous honor for these individuals as well as the Atlanta Braves organization,” Rome Braves general manager Mike Dunn said. “The future continues to looks bright and I congratulate Joey, Bryce, and Dan on this outstanding achievement.”

Wentz has an 8-3 record and an ERA of 2.70 working 126.2 innings in 25 games. He has twice recorded a career-high nine strikeouts and is second in the league with 146. Wilson is currently 10-6 with a 2.52 ERA in 28 starts throwing 128.2 innings.

Meyer had a solid season leading Rome pitching to a 3.16 ERA, which is second in the league. A member of the 2003 SAL Championship Rome Braves team, Meyer pitched in Major League Baseball with the Braves, Marlins and Athletics.

The all-star team was voted on by the 14 South Atlantic League team’s field managers, general managers, sports writers and broadcasters.

The Rome Braves are in Greenville and return to State Mutual Stadium on Friday for the final four games of the regular season against Columbia with fireworks following Saturday’s game.