Rosters have been announced for the Florida State League all-star game, which will be played on June 14th at Space Coast Stadium, home of Brevard County (Brewers). Vero Beach (Rays) will send a league-leading seven representatives to the game, followed by Daytona (Cubs), Fort Myers (Twins) and Lakeland (Tigers), which will each send five representatives.
Righthander Jeremy Hellickson headlines the lengthy of list of Vero Beach players who will be appearing in the all-star game. Building upon last year’s 13-3 season in the low Class A South Atlantic League, Hellickson has been even more dominant in 2008. The 21-year-old Hellickson, a fourth-round pick in 2005, leads the FSL with 69 strikeouts in 63 innings, while only issuing five walks.
One notable absence from the Vero Beach contingent is lefthander David Price. Price has been outstanding (2-0, 11 IP, 13 K, 1 BB, 5H, 0R) in his first two starts since missing most of the first half with an elbow strain.
Highly touted righthander Rick Porcello of Lakeland (Tigers) has thus far lived up to the lofty expectations placed upon him when he signed a record bonus as the 27th overall pick in the 2007 draft. Making his professional debut in high Class A hasn’t slowed Porcello, whose 3-6 record isn’t an indicator of the success he has had in Lakeland. Porcello has the most starts of any pitcher in the FSL and has posted an impressive 2.87 ERA while maintaining a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 36-to-17. Porcello’s calling card thus far in pro ball has been his ability to induce groundouts, with an impressive 2.49 groundout-flyout ratio.
Lakeland shortstop Cale Iorg has transitioned well in his first full year of baseball since 2005. Iorg, who took two years off after his freshman year at Alabama to go on a Mormon mission, has been the everyday shortstop for the Flying Tigers committing five errors in 57 starts. The Tigers’ top position prospect has also put up steady offensive numbers, hitting .265/.321/.434.
A first-round pick in 2007, J.P. Arencibia is an all-star after a first-half that was consistent with his performance throughout his career. Arencibia is near the top of the FSL leaderboard in most offensive categories, ranking first in doubles and slugging percentage and second in home runs. Arencibia’s .319/.344/.560 line is one of the FSL’s most impressive, though he’s struck out 38 times so far this season, while only drawing eight walks.
Ex-Texas Longhorn standout Drew Stubbs has been named to an all-star team for the second consecutive season. Stubbs is batting .268/.376/.402 in 2008 and has swiped 19 bases, second in the FSL. Stubbs continues to get on base at a healthy clip, while hitting with less power than in the past, though he has 60 strikeouts in 194 at-bats.
Jupiter (Marlins) lefthander Graham Taylor has always been older than his competition in pro ball since being drafted as a senior out of Miami (Ohio). As a 24-year old in the FSL this spring, Taylor has been outstanding, posting a 3.79 ERA along with 54 strikeouts and only 11 walks. Taylor has continually posted outstanding strikeout and walk numbers since his professional debut in 2006, but his lack of over-powering stuff remains a question mark. Taylor has mostly dominated younger competition with his mid-80s fastball.
The rest of the teams shake out like this:
|James Adduci||OF||Daytona (Cubs)|
|Welington Castillo||C||Daytona (Cubs)|
|Tony Thomas||2B||Daytona (Cubs)|
|Casey Lambert||LHP||Daytona (Cubs)|
|Alex Maestri||RHP||Daytona (Cubs)|
|Adalberto Mendez||RHP||Jupiter (Marlins)|
|Kyle Winters||RHP||Jupiter (Marlins)|
|Graham Taylor||LHP||Jupiter (Marlins)|
|Logan Morrison||1B||Jupiter (Marlins)|
|Tony Cruz||3B||Palm Beach (Cardinals)|
|Donovan Solano||SS||Palm Beach (Cardinals)|
|Daryl Jones||OF||Palm Beach (Cardinals)|
|Dillon Gee||RHP||St. Lucie (Mets)|
|Josh Thole||C||St. Lucie (Mets)|
|Jeremy Hellickson||RHP||Vero Beach (Rays)|
|Heath Rollins||RHP||Vero Beach (Rays)|
|Ryan Reid||RHP||Vero Beach (Rays)|
|Ryan Morse||LHP||Vero Beach (Rays)|
|Cesar Suarez||3B||Vero Beach (Rays)|
|Garret Groce||OF||Vero Beach (Rays)|
|J.T. Hall||DH||Vero Beach (Rays)|
|Taylor Green||3B||Brevard County (Brewers)|
|Darren Ford||OF||Brevard County (Brewers)|
|Rick Porcello||RHP||Lakeland (Tigers)|
|Matt O’Brien||RHP||Lakeland (Tigers)|
|James Skelton||C||Lakeland (Tigers)|
|Cale Iorg||SS||Lakeland (Tigers)|
|Scott Sizemore||2B||Lakeland (Tigers)|
|J.P. Arencibia||C||Dunedin (Blue Jays)|
|Connor Falkenbach||RHP||Dunedin (Blue Jays)|
|Brian Dopirak||1B||Dunedin (Blue Jays)|
|Drew Stubbs||OF||Sarasota (Reds)|
|Chris Heisey||OF||Sarasota (Reds)|
|Ramon Geronimo||RHP||Sarasota (Reds)|
|Juan Francisco||DH||Sarasota (Reds)|
|Matt German||LHP||Clearwater (Phillies)|
|Edgar Garcia||RHP||Clearwater (Phillies)|
|Gus Milner||OF||Clearwater (Phillies)|
|Danny Valencia||3B||Fort Myers (Twins)|
|Brian Dinkleman||2B||Fort Myers (Twins)|
|Jeff Manship||RHP||Fort Myers (Twins)|
|Rob Delaney||RHP||Fort Myers (Twins)|
|Anthony Slama||RHP||Fort Myers (Twins)|
|Ryan Pope||RHP||Tampa (Yankees)|
|Kyle Anson||C||Tampa (Yankees)|
|James Cooper||OF||Tampa (Yankees)|