Alec Mills of the Lexington Legends. (Photo: Heather Wright)
Legends pitching prospects to represent South Division
Lexington Legends pitchers Christian Binford and Alec Mills will be making the trip to Lakewood, NJ, for the upcoming South Atlantic League All-Star Game on June 18th, chosen to represent the Southern Division.
Binford and Mills are a big part of the reason that this year’s Legends staff is sporting a league-leading ERA of 2.98.
Binford has a sparkling 2.67 ERA in 10 starts this year, striking out 57 in 57 1/3 innings, walking 13 and maintaining a SO/BB ratio of 4.38/1. Since May 2nd, Binford has pitched a total of 36 1/3 innings and registering a scintillating 1.98 ERA. In that stretch, he allowed only 8 earned runs, walked only 7 and struck out 35. His opponents’ BA is an anemic .218 in that span.
Mills (1.32 ERA in 41 IP), having been the team’s closer for most of the season, was moved into the rotation on May 30th vs. the Hagerstown Suns. In that first start of the year, he pitched 6 full innings of shutout ball, allowing only 3 hits, striking out 5 and walking none. In his next start on June 5th, he again shut out his opponent (this time, it was the Savannah Sand Gnats) for 7 innings, allowing 7 hits, striking out 7 and again walking not a single batter. With runners on the bags, Mills has held opposing batters to a paltry .188 BA, shutting down enemy offenses with a special determination.
Of the 15 pitchers currently with the Legends, 8 have sub-3.00 ERAs. The team’s overall ERA stands at an outstanding 3.04. RHP Bryan Brickhouse (4-3, 2.25 ERA) made a very strong case for selection, as well.