The Triple-A All-Star Game is scheduled for July 15 in Portland, Ore. The host Pacific Coast League announced its roster Wednesday, and the International League followed suit Thursday, with some intriguing prospects as well as Triple-A veterans.
The biggest names among the prospects include the shortstops, with Brandon Wood (Angels) and Alcides Escobar (Brewers) on the PCL roster while Reid Brignac (Rays) will start at short for the IL. Wood, who also plays third base, is listed as the starter at third base for the PCL with Escobar starting at short. The IL roster also includes two of the minors’ best arms in righthanders Clay Buchholz (Red Sox) and the Orioles’ Chris Tillman, as well as Yankees No. 1 prospect Austin Jackson in the outfield.
Tillman and Eric Young Jr. are the only players who will be making the trip both to St. Louis for the Futures Game and then to Portland for the Triple-A All-Star Game. (BA will be doing the same thing as I’ll be covering both events.)
In general, the IL roster is heavier on prospects than the PCL, but judge for yourself. Here are the rosters:
INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE (*denotes player was elected by fans, as opposed to selected by managers)
C: Erik Kratz, Indianapolis (Pirates); Chris Stewart, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees); *Wyatt Toregas, Columbus (Indians). 1B: *Barbaro Canizares, Gwinnett (Braves); Andy Tracy, Lehigh Valley (Phillies). 2B: *Seth Bynum, Syracuse (Nationals); Brooks Conrad, Gwinnett (Braves). 3B: *Andy Marte, Columbus (Indians); . SS: *Reid Brignac, Durham (Rays); Brent Dlugach, Toledo (Tigers). OF: Jordan Brown, Columbus (Indians); *Shelly Duncan, Scranton (Yankees); *Austin Jackson, Scranton (Yankees); Jorge Padilla, Syracuse (Nationals); *Drew Stubbs, Louisville (Reds). DH: *Mike Cervenak, Lehigh Valley (Phillies).
P: Chris Bootcheck, Indianapolis (Pirates); *Clay Buchholz, Pawtucket (Red Sox); *Fernando Cabrera, Pawtucket (Red Sox); Andrew Carpenter, Lehigh Valley (Phillies); Nelson Figueroa, Buffalo (Mets); Justin Lehr, Louisville (Reds); J.D. Martin, Syracuse (Nationals); *Jim Miller, Norfolk (Mets); Anthony Swarzak, Rochester (Twins); Carlos Torres, Charlotte (White Sox); Luis Valdez, Gwinnett (Braves).
PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (*denotes starter)
C: Eric Munson, Sacramento (Athletics); *Chris Robinson, Iowa (Cubs). 1B: Bryan LaHair, Tacoma (Mariners); *Randy Ruiz, Las Vegas (Blue Jays); Chris Shelton, Tacoma (Mariners). 2B: Eric Patterson, Sacramento (Athletics); Rusty Ryal, Reno (Diamondbacks); *Eric Young Jr., Colorado Springs (Rockies). 3B: Esteban German, Oklahoma City (Rangers); *Brandon Wood, Salt Lake (Angels). SS: *Alcides Escobar, Nashville (Brewers). OF: *John Bowker, Fresno (Giants); Terry Evans, Salt Lake (Angels); Brendan Katin, Nashville (Brewers); *Matt Miller, Colorado Springs (Rockies); *Matt Murton, Colorado Springs (Rockies); Mike Ryan, New Orleans (Marlins).
P: Yorman Bazardo, Round Rock (Astros); Len DiNardo, Omaha (Royals); Mike Ekstrom, Portland (Padres); Charlie Haeger, Albuquerque (Dodgers); Jeremy Hill, Salt Lake (Angels); Bobby Korecky, Reno (Diamondbacks); Jay Marshall, Sacramento (Athletics); *Bud Norris, Round Rock (Astros); Kevin Pucetas, Fresno (Giants); R.J. Swindle, Nashville (Brewers); Jess Todd, Memphis (Cardinals).
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