The low Class A South Atlantic Leauge announced its midseason all-star teams Tuesday. Teams representing the Northern and Southern Divisions will meet June 23 at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va., home of the West Virginia Power.
|Tyler Cloyd, RHP||22||Lakewood||Phillies||18th round, ’08|
|Johnny Dorn, RHP||23||Greensboro||Marlins||15th round, ’08|
|Marcos Frias, RHP||20||Hagerstown||Nationals||Dominican Republic, ’07|
|*Rudy Owens, LHP||21||West Virginia||Pirates||28th round, ’06|
|Alexander Perez, RHP||19||Lake County||Indians||Dominican Republic, ’07|
|*Martin Perez, LHP||18||Hickory||Rangers||Venezuela, ’07|
|*Rick Zagone, LHP||22||Delmarva||Orioles||6th round, ’08|
|Pete Andrelczyk, RHP||23||Greensboro||Marlins||5th round, ’08|
|Justin De Fratus, RHP||21||Lakewood||Phillies||11th round, ’07|
|*Yoon-Hee Nam, LHP||21||Hickory||Rangers||Korea, ’06|
|Dan Remenowsky, RHP||23||Kannapolis||White Sox||NDFA, ’08|
|B.J. Rosenberg, RHP||23||Lakewood||Phillies||13th round, ’08|
|Travis D’Arnaud, C||20||Lakewood||Phillies||Supp. 1st round, ’08|
|Doug Hogan, C||24||Hickory||Rangers||18th round, ’08|
|Derek Norris, C||20||Hagerstown||Nationals||4th round, ’07|
|Ben Lasater, 1B||25||Greensboro||Marlins||29th round, ’07|
|#Karexon Sanchez, 2B||21||Lake County||Indians||Venezuela, ’06|
|Paul Gran, 3B||23||Greensboro||Marlins||7th round, ’08|
|Chase D’Arnaud, SS||22||West Virginia||Pirates||4th round, ’08|
|#Harold Garcia, 2B||22||Lakewood||Phillies||Venezuela, ’04|
|Erik Morrison, 3B||23||Hickory||Rangers||46th round, ’08|
|Mike Bianucci, OF||22||Hickory||Rangers||8th round, ’08|
|*Anthony Gose, OF||18||Lakewood||Phillies||2nd round, ’08|
|*Tyler Kuhn, OF||22||Kannapolis||White Sox||15th round, ’08|
|David Paisano, OF||21||Hickory||Rangers||Trade from White Sox|
|Ronnie Welty, OF||20||Delmarva||Orioles||20th round, ’08|
|Calvin Anderson, 1B||22||West Virginia||Pirates||12th round, ’08|
|Dusty Wathan, Manager||Lakewood||Phillies|
|Robert Bono, RHP||20||Lexington||Astros||11th round, ’07|
|*Christian Friedrich, LHP||21||Asheville||Rockies||1st round, ’08|
|Jeff Kaplan, RHP||23||Savannah||Mets||11th round, ’08|
|Casey Kelly, RHP||19||Greenville||Red Sox||1st round, ’08|
|Hector Noesi, RHP||22||Charleston||Yankees||Dominican Republic, ’04|
|Ross Seaton, RHP||19||Lexington||Astros||Supp. 3rd round, ’08|
|Zeke Spruill, RHP||19||Rome||Braves||2nd round, ’08|
|Chris Andujar, RHP||21||Bowling Green||Rays||NDFA, ’06|
|*Jimmy Johnson, LHP||23||Savannah||Mets||28th round, ’08|
|*Dan Runzler, LHP||24||Augusta||Giants||9th round, ’07|
|#Pat Venditte, LHP/RHP||23||Charleston||Yankees||20th round, ’08|
|*Armando Zerpa, LHP||22||Greenville||Red Sox||Venezuela, ’04|
|Tim Federowicz, C||21||Greenville||Red Sox||7th round, ’08|
|Jordan Pacheco, C||23||Asheville||Rockies||9th round, ’07|
|Jesus Sucre, C||21||Rome||Braves||Venezuela, ’05|
|*Anthony Rizzo, 1B||19||Greenville||Red Sox||6th round, ’07|
|Josh Satin, 2B||24||Savannah||Mets||6th round, ’08|
|Ebert Rosario, 3B||22||Lexington||Astros||Dominican Republic, ’05|
|Tim Beckham, SS||19||Bowling Green||Rays||1st round, ’08|
|*Jimmy Cesario, 3B||23||Asheville||Rockies||46th round, ’08|
|Juan Carlos Perez, OF||22||Augusta||Giants||13th round, ’08|
|Melky Mesa, OF||22||Charleston||Yankees||Dominican Republic, ’03|
|Scott Robinson, OF||20||Asheville||Rockies||30th round, ’06|
|*Sean Ratliff, OF||22||Savannah||Mets||4th round, ’08|
|*David Maliman, OF||20||Greenville||Red Sox||7th round, ’07|
|Luis Sumoza, OF||20||Rome||Braves||Trade from Red Sox|
|Dan Brewer, OF||21||Charleston||Yankees||8th round, ’08|
|Kevin Boles, Manager||Greenville||Red Sox|
• The D’Arnaud brothers, Chase and Travis, will get to occupy the same dugout for the first time as professionals. Older brother Chase has been having the more productive season and will be appearing in an all-star game in his team’s home stadium. Travis is the higher-profile prospect, but he made the all-star game in spite of a lackluster .188/.251/.340 line.
• Hickory lefty Martin Perez earns the distinction of being the youngest all-star, as he’s nearly a full eight months younger than his nearest competition, Lakewood center fielder Anthony Gose. Speaking of Gose, he hasn’t put up gawdy numbers with his bat, but as we detailed here, he’s been a demon on the basepaths. Gose is up to 39 steals in 45 attempts.
• The left side of the South’s infield could feature two players from opposite ends of the 2008 Draft’s spectrum. At shortstop, you could have Tim Beckham, the No. 1 overall pick from Griffin (Ga.) High. To Beckham’s right manning third base could be 23-year-old Jimmy Cesario, Colorado’s 46th round pick (1,391st overall), a college product from Houston.
• The story of Pat Venditte grows. The switch-pitcher has been the league’s best closer, going 19-for-21 in saves with a miniscule 0.67 ERA in 27 innings.
• Anthony Rizzo is proving he’s more than just a feel-good story. The 19-year-old overcame lymphoma to return to baseball this year and is tied for Greenville’s team lead with seven home runs and has played nearly spotless defense at first base, having committed only two errors all season.
• We already know there will have to be some changes on the South’s pitching staff. Casey Kelly, Christian Friedrich, Jeff Kaplan, Dan Runzler and Jimmy Johnson all have been promoted to high Class A. The game could’ve featured three 2008 first-round picks in Tim Beckham (first overall), Kelly (30th overall) and Friedrich (25th overall), but obviously that number is down to one now.
• The North’s roster is pretty top-heavy with Hickory and Lakewood players. Each of those teams is sending six players to the game. On the flip side, Delmarva, Hagerstown, Kannapolis and Lake County are sending only two apiece.