Following a stellar 2018 season in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor-league system, former Saint Louis standout pitcher Matt Eckelman was named to the preliminary roster of the Surprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League.


Top prospects from all 30 major-league organizations are selected to compete in the Arizona Fall League, which begins its 27th season Oct. 9.


The 24-year-old Eckelman was a Florida State League Mid-Season All-Star for Class A Bradenton before being promoted to Class AA Altoona of the Eastern League. He appeared in 40 games for the two affiliates, compiling a 5-1 record, a 2.05 ERA and 17 saves.


Eckelman tossed 48 1/3 innings and allowed only 37 hits (.213 opponents’ batting average) this season. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound right-hander struck out 44, walked 23 and yielded just three home runs.


Eckelman was a 21st-round draft choice of the Pirates following his senior campaign in 2016. He tied a SLU season record with nine wins that year and was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference second team. Eckelman was a first-team All-Conference selection as a sophomore.