The rosters were announced for the Southern League All-Star Game, which will be played Monday in Zebulon, N.C. and will feature several prominent middle-of-the-diamond prospects.
The North Division will be led at the plate by shortstop Alcides Escobar (Brewers) and second baseman Chris Coghlan (Marlins). Escobar, 21, has been on fire for Huntsville in the first half and entered the season ranked as the third best prospect in the system, although that was before the trade that sent Matt LaPorta to Cleveland. Coghlan, known for his plate discipline, makes up the other half of the double-play tandem.
The North also boasts pitcher Donald Veal, the best lefthander in the Cubs system.
The South Division boasts the Rays’ 2007 minor league pitcher of the year, righthander Wade Davis, and Dodgers righthander James McDonald, who has a loose arm and an improved changeup from a year ago.
Both teams also feature two-deep talent at the catcher position. The North has Adam Moore (Mariners) and Angel Salome (Brewers), while the South will play John Jaso (Rays) and Lucas May (Dodgers).
The rest of the teams’ rosters are after the jump:
|NORTH DIVISION ALL-STARS
|Adam Moore||C||West Tennessee (Mariners)|
|Angel Salome||C||Huntsville (Brewers)|
|Gaby Sanchez||1B||Carolina (Marlins)|
|Chris Coghlan||2B||Carolina (Marlins)|
|Eric Eymann||3B||Chattanooga (Reds)|
|Alcides Escobar||SS||Huntsville (Brewers)|
|Michael Brantley||OF||Huntsville (Brewers)|
|Shaun Cumberland||OF||Chattanooga (Reds)|
|John Raynor||OF||Carolina (Marlins)|
|Mike Wilson||OF||West Tennessee (Mariners)|
|Marshall Hubbard||DH||West Tennessee (Mariners)|
|Nate Spears||UTL-IF||Tennessee (Cubs)|
|Cole Gillespie||OF||Huntsville (Brewers)|
|Mitch Atkins||RHP||Tennessee (Cubs)|
|Willie Glen||RHP||Carolina (Marlins)|
|Ben Jukich||LHP||Chattanooga (Reds)|
|Ryan Ketchner||LHP||West Tennessee (Mariners)|
|Sam LeCure||RHP||Chattanooga (Reds)|
|Robert Manuel||RHP||Chattanooga (Reds)|
|Chris Mobley||RHP||Carolina (Marlins)|
|Patrick Ryan||RHP||Huntsville (Brewers)|
|Donnie Veal||LHP||Tennessee (Cubs)|
|David Welch||LHP||Huntsville (Brewers)|
|SOUTH DIVISION ALL-STARS|
|John Jaso||C||Montgomery (Rays)|
|Lucas May||C||Jacksonville (Dodgers)|
|Bryan Byrne||1B||Mobile (Diamondbacks)|
|Rusty Ryal||2B||Mobile (Diamondbacks)|
|Russell Mitchell||3B||Jacksonville (Dodgers)|
|Yunesky Sanchez||SS||Mobile (Diamondbacks)|
|Rashad Eldridge||OF||Montgomery (Rays)|
|Jamie Hoffman||OF||Jacksonville (Dodgers)|
|Miguel Negron||OF||Birmingham (White Sox)|
|Matt Young||OF||Mississippi (Braves)|
|Juan Gonzalez||DH||Jacksonville (Dodgers)|
|Adam Godwin||UTL-IF||Jacksonville (Dodgers)|
|Ricardo Nanita||UTL-OF||Birmingham (White Sox)|
|Justin Cassel||RHP||Birmingham (White Sox)|
|Jesus Castillo||RHP||Jacksonville (Dodgers)|
|Wade Davis||RHP||Montgomery (Rays)|
|James Houser||LHP||Montgomery (Rays)|
|Jon Link||RHP||Birmingham (White Sox)|
|James McDonald||RHP||Jacksonville (Dodgers)|
|Todd Redmond||RHP||Mississippi (Braves)|
|Carlos Torres||RHP||Birmingham (White Sox)|
|Luis Valdez||LHP||Mississippi (Braves)|
|Abe Woody||RHP||Mobile (Diamondbacks)|
Much of the Southern League’s other elite talent will not participate in the game due to injury, promotion or an appearance in the Futures Game, which is Sunday, the day before the Southern League All-Star Game.
Huntsville third baseman Mat Gamel (Brewers) will miss out because of the Futures Game, as will LaPorta, who is now with Double-A Akron in the Eastern League. Jacksonville shortstop Ivan DeJesus (Dodgers) will also play in the Futures Game. Montgomery lefthander Jake McGee (Rays) is done for the season after having Tommy John surgery, and Carolina center fielder Cameron Maybin (Marlins) will also miss out due to injury.