Rosters for the Midwest League’s All-Star game have been announced. The game will be played June 17 in Midland, Mich., home of the Great Lakes Loons. Bold denotes starters.
|Derek McDaid||RHP||Fort Wayne||Padres|
|Steven Johnson||RHP||Great Lakes||Dodgers|
|Miguel Ramirez||RHP||Great Lakes||Dodgers|
|Randy Boone||RHP||Lansing||Blue Jays|
|Edgar Estanga||LHP||Lansing||Blue Jays|
|Brad Mills||LHP||Lansing||Blue Jays|
|Mark Diapoules||RHP||Quad Cities||Cardinals|
|Jarrod Parker||RHP||South Bend||DIamondbacks|
|Bryan Augenstein||RHP||South Bend||Diamondbacks|
|Evan Scribner||RHP||South Bend||Diamondbacks|
|Alfredo Figaro||RHP||West Michigan||Tigers|
|Jon Kibler||LHP||West Michigan||Tigers|
|Sean Coughlin||C||South Bend||Diamondbacks|
|Kenley Jansen||C||Great Lakes||Dodgers|
|Chris Carlson||1B||West Michigan||Tigers|
|Felix Carrasco||1B||Fort Wayne||Padres|
|Mike Mee||1B||South Bend||Diamondbacks|
|Andy Parrino||2B||Fort Wayne||Padres|
|John Tolisano||2B||Lansing||Blue Jays|
|Pete Kozma||SS||Quad Cities||Cardinals|
|Justin Jackson||SS||Lansing||Blue Jays|
|Kevin Ahrens||3B||Lansing||Blue Jays|
|Charlie Kingrey||RF||Quad Cities||Cardinals|
|Evan Frey||CF||South Bend||Diamondbacks|
|Joe Tucker||OF||West Michigan||Tigers|
|Casper Wells||OF||West Michigan||Tigers|
|Manny Rodriguez||DH||Lansing||Blue Jays|
If you’re wondering why players from Quad Cities, which resides in the Western Division, showed up on the East’s roster, it’s because of the imbalance of teams between the two divisions. Every year, players from one of the western teams are sent across to play for the East.
The entire Lansing infield will be making the trip, including prospects Justin Jackson, John Tolisano, and Kevin Ahrens who will all head to Midland as reserves. Lugnuts first baseman Manny Rodriguez will be the East’s starting DH to complete the quartet. Among the major prospects included, Jackson has to be the biggest surprise. He’s hitting only .243/.373/.385, but none of the other shortstops in the East are putting up spectacular numbers either, so it’s just as well they took the best prospect in Jackson. If you’re looking for a prospect who may have been snubbed, the best candidate is probably Great Lakes righthander Justin Miller. His 2.36 ERA ranks eighth in the MWL and he’s held opponents to two earned runs or fewer in eight of his 10 starts. However, his 30-28 K-BB ratio puts a pretty big hole in his case.
West Michigan’s Alfredo Figaro is the favorite to be the starting pitcher for the East. His 1.22 ERA ranks second in the league.
|Michael Anton||LHP||Cedar Rapids||Angels|
|Ryan Brasier||RHP||Cedar Rapids||Angels|
|Craig Italiano||RHP||Kane County||Athletics|
|Scott Mitchinson||RHP||Kane County||Athletics|
|Jamie Richmond||RHP||Kane County||Athletics|
|Efren Navarro||1B||Cedar Rapids||Angels|
|Greg Dowling||1B||Kane County||Athletics|
|Larry Cobb||2B||Kane County||Athletics|
|Corey Brown||CF||Kane County||Athletics|
Clinton and Beloit predominated the West’s roster, with 16 players coming from those two clubs. It’s a bit puzzling that Ben Revere isn’t in the starting lineup, although that can likely be chalked up to his having fewer at-bats than any of the three starters. Nevertheless, you’d think a guy with an average that’s still well north of .400 after 141 at-bats would crack the lineup. You could also make a case for Clinton outfielder Engel Beltre being in the game, but with nine Clinton players already on the roster, they don’t have much room for complaining. Burlington shortstop Mike Moustakas can make an argument as well with his eight home runs, but a line of .241/.296/.410 wasn’t impressive enough.
Another notable omission is Cedar Rapids righthander Jordan Walden. His 2-5 record is mostly the product of a struggling offense more than a reflection of his own efforts, and his other numbers are solid across the board.
Craig Italiano figures to be the West’s starter. Italiano has dominated MWL competition all season and hasn’t allowed an earned run since April 21.