Dylan Harvey is close to running into the Prospect League record book. He will be rewarded Wednesday night.
Harvey and West Virginia Miners teammate Justin Paul were elected as starters in the league All-Star game in Richmond, Ind. In all, six Miners were voted in, and manager Tim Epling will manage the East Division.
Joining Harvey and Paul will be first baseman Zach Sterry, third baseman Dan Ward and pitchers Matt Anderson and Cody Artalejo.
Harvey stole three bases in Friday’s 14-9 loss to Champion City, giving him a league-leading 30 on the season. Dominic Miles of Quincy is second with 19.
The league record for stolen bases in a season is 38, set by Jeff Holm of Chillicothe in 2010 and duplicated the following year by Dubois County’s Danny Poma.
Harvey, a center fielder from WVU Tech, is hitting .310 and leads the league with 29 runs scored.
Paul, a right fielder from Eastern New Mexico University, is second in the league with 23 runs batted in. He’s batting .328, has 12 steals and eight doubles.
Sterry might have started if not for Butler first baseman David Marcus, who is chasing the league Triple Crown. Sterry, from Oakland University, is tied for the league lead with 24 RBIs and is batting .328 with a league-high 13 doubles.
Ward has played in just 13 games but has made an immediate impact. Paul’s teammate at Eastern New Mexico, Ward has 10 RBIs in those 13 games, and is hitting .340 with six doubles.
Anderson (4-0), a Morehead State product, tops the league with 42 strikeouts in 34 innings pitched, and has a 1.06 earned run average.
Artalejo is the third Eastern New Mexico player on the West Virginia roster to earn All-Star status. The right-hander carries a 2-1 record and 1.72 ERA.
This is Epling’s fourth time earning managerial honors.
The game will start at 7:05 p.m., with a fireworks show after. There will be a Home Run Derby at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
The winning side will get home-field advantage in PL Championship Series next month.