Ronny Mauricio Named to South Atlantic League All-Star Team
COLUMBIA, SC - Fireflies shortstop Ronny Mauricio was named to the South Atlantic League All-Star team by the league on Tuesday. Mauricio will be joined by Columbia pitching coach Royce Ring at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, West Virginia, for the 60th SAL All-Star Game on Tuesday, June 18.
"I am extremely proud and happy for him," Manager Pedro Lopez said about Mauricio. "He's been the most consistent hitter that we have. The opportunity for him to go out there and have a little fun with other players from around the league, I think he'll have a great time."
Mauricio is eighth in the league with 58 hits and sixth in total at-bats (207). The second-rated Mets prospect also leads Columbia in batting average (.280), runs (22), hits and games played (51). Mauricio, a physically gifted switch-hitter, is just 18 years old and one of the youngest players in New York's entire minor-league system. The native of the Dominican Republic signed with the Mets for $2.1 million in the summer of 2017.
Ring is in his first season as pitching coach for the Fireflies. Columbia's pitchers have experienced much success working with Ring, in fact, four Fireflies hurlers - Andrew Mitchell, Dedniel Nunez, Darwin Ramos, Ezequiel Zabaleta - have already received promotions to the advanced class-A St. Lucie Mets this season. The 38-year-old from Seattle appeared in 99 games in the majors from 2005-2010 for the Mets (2005 & 2006), Padres, Braves and Yankees. Ring was an 18th-round draft choice of the White Sox in 2002 out of San Diego State University.
"Ronny has been a lot of fun to watch this season," said Fireflies team President John Katz. "He's young, athletic and super talented, and for him to get the all-star nod in his first full professional season is a tremendous achievement."
The Southern and Northern Division square off in the 60th annual SAL All-Star Game on June 18 at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, West Virginia.
• Discuss this story on the South Atlantic League message board...
South Atlantic League Stories from June 4, 2019
- GreenJackets Outlast Asheville for 7-6 Win - Augusta GreenJackets
- Bizarre Ninth Caps off 1-0 Loss - Hagerstown Suns
- Chandler Hurls Career-High 8.1 Innings in 4-2 Win - West Virginia Power
- Grasshoppers Overwhelm RiverDogs as Lockridge Keeps On-Base Streak Alive - Charleston RiverDogs
- Columbia Takes Series with 3-2 Win over Rome - Rome Braves
- Drive Fall to Lexington on Tuesday - Greenville Drive
- Taveras Masterful in Middle Game Versus Rome - Columbia Fireflies
- Four Claws Combine on Shutout in 1-0 Win - Lakewood BlueClaws
- K-Town Solves Rodriguez, Bashes 'Birds - Delmarva Shorebirds
- 'Dads Rack up 14 Strikeouts in Loss to Power - Hickory Crawdads
- Fireflies Game Notes: June 4 vs. Rome (Game 58) - Columbia Fireflies
- Harris promoted to High-A Florida - Rome Braves
- Hagerstown Suns Game Notes - Hagerstown Suns
- Suns Send Two to 60th SAL All-Star Game - Hagerstown Suns
- Game Notes (June 4) - West Virginia Power
- Augusta Sports Leagues Host Softball & Kickball Finals at SRP Park - Augusta GreenJackets
- RiverDogs Have Six Selected to South Atlantic League All-Star Game - Charleston RiverDogs
- South Atlantic League Announces Rosters for All-Star Game - SAL
- Two Intimidators Make 60th Annual South Atlantic League All-Star Game - Kannapolis Intimidators
- Corry, Tona, Munguia Selected to SAL All-Star Game - Augusta GreenJackets
- Ronny Mauricio Named to South Atlantic League All-Star Team - Columbia Fireflies
- Five Legends Named to South Atlantic League All-Star Team - Lexington Legends
- Four Braves Named South Atlantic League All-Stars - Rome Braves
- Four Tourists Headed to the All-Star Game - Asheville Tourists
- Three Drive Players Tabbed for South Atlantic League All-Star Game - Greenville Drive
- Trio of 'Dads Hitters Named to SAL All-Star Team - Hickory Crawdads
- Great Eight: 'Birds Stack All-Star Roster - Delmarva Shorebirds
- 2019 South Atlantic League All-Star Rosters Unveiled - West Virginia Power
- Braves Bats Silenced in 5-2 Loss to Fireflies - Rome Braves
- Offensive Showdown Ends in GreenJackets Favor - Augusta GreenJackets
- Game Recap: Mountain Too Tall to Climb in Critical Contest - Asheville Tourists
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.
Other Recent Columbia Fireflies Stories
- Five-Run Third Fuels Fantastic Friday Night Fireflies Victory
- Fireflies Rally for Epic Win to Open up Series against Rome
- Fireflies Roster Move and Game Notes: August 15 vs. Rome (Game 119)
- 2019 Fireflies Homestand Highlights: August 15-18
- Columbia Fireflies Release 2020 Season Schedule