ADA — Former East Central University baseball standout Miguel Abreu is having an outstanding season at second base for the Bowie Baysox, the Double-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.
Abreu’s season is so solid that he was selected to play in the Eastern League All-Star Game on Wednesday night in Trenton, N.J. He went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and a pair of runs scored as the South All-Stars beat the North All-Stars. Abreu — who was named the MVP — was the only South player to have multiple hits as the South edged the North, 10-9, in that category.
Heading into a weekend series at Akron, Abreu was batting an even .300 to lead the team with 22 doubles, 21 stolen bases and 29 runs batted in. He has also homered four times.
In the first half of the Eastern League season, he collected 31 multi-hit games and had one stretch of five consecutive multi-hit efforts from April 26-May 1. Included in that was a five-hit game against Erie on April 29.
Abreu has also proven to be deadly against left-handed pitching as he boasts a .348 batting average so far this season.
He moved up to Bowie for the 2009 season after playing the 2008 campaign at Class A Frederick where he led the team in doubles (24) and was second in stolen bases (24). Abreu also finished the 2008 season, hitting .302 against southpaws while striking out only five times in 116 at bats.
He also hit .305 before the all-star break of that season.
Abreu, a native of Salinas, Puerto Rico, played one season (2005) for ECU as an outfielder and earned All-Lone Star Conference North First Team honors as he batted .447 (second in the LSC) with 89 hits (also second in the league) and 143 total bases (second in the LSC).
He led the team in homers (11), RBIs (42), doubles (15), runs scored (60) and stolen bases (20). He also topped the Tigers in on-base percentage (.479) and slugging percentage (.719).
Following the 2005 season, Abreu was drafted in the 28th round (843rd pick overall) by the Orioles.