By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Looks like pro baseball agrees with former West Chester University hurler Joe Gunkel.
It has taken him just nine games to make his first all-star team.
The right-hander was a late addition to the American League roster for Tuesday night’s New York-Penn League All-Star Game.
“It’s been quite a journey so far,” Gunkel tells KYW Newsradio. “A lot of success in a short amount of time.”
Gunkel, 21, has been dominant out of the bullpen for the Lowell (Massachusetts) Spinners, the Class-A short-season affiliate of the Red Sox. In eight games with the Spinners, Gunkel is 3-0 with four saves and he has yet to allow a run in 11 1/3 innings of work. He’s only been touched for three hits and he has struck out 16 batters while walking just three.
“I’ve just been doing what I’ve always been doing,” Gunkel says. “I’ve just been attacking the zone with all of my pitches, trying to get ahead of hitters. Luckily I’ve missed some bats every now and then, had some weak contact here and there. Just been very fortunate on the mound so far.”