A move to the bullpen has been the right one for Dan Altavilla.
The Seattle Mariners decided to convert the right-hander and Elizabeth Forward High School graduate from a starting pitcher to a reliever in spring training. The 23-year-old is having a fine season for the Class AA Jackson in the Southern League.
Through 27 appearances, Altavilla is 5-2 with nine saves and a 2.60 ERA. He has allowed 29 hits in 34 2/3 innings with 38 strikeouts and 17 walks.
Altavilla has performed so well that he was selected to play in the Southern League All-Star Game.