South Atlantic League Names All-Stars

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.

NORTHERN DIVISION
Player, Pos. Age Team Org Acquired
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  

 

SOUTHERN DIVISION
Player, Pos. Age Team Org Acquired
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  

Quick Observations

• 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.

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