Frisco was in line to have three starters in the South lineup at the Texas League All-Star Game on Wednesday night in Springfield, but two of them have since been called up.
The Rangers promoted Max Ramirez from Frisco after the catcher hit .363/.459/.662 with 17 home runs. First baseman Chris Davis (Rangers), 22, was originally penciled in to draw the start at first for the South team, but has been promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma after ripping through the TL, batting .333/.376/.618 with 13 home runs and 14 doubles. Davis has continued his torrid pace in Oklahoma, batting .359/.424/.738 with 10 home runs in just 103 at-bats.
The only RoughRiders remaining in the starting lineup are outfielders Steven Murphy and Ben Harrison (Rangers). Shortstop Elvis Andrus, who entered the season as the organization’s top prospect, will be on the bench as a reserve. The 19-year-old is batting .270/.324/.329 in 237 at-bats.
Corpus Christi shortstop Tommy Manzella (Astros) is one of two Hooks in the starting lineup, along with second baseman Drew Sutton (Astros). Chris Johnson (Astros) will be a reserve infielder in the game. Johnson, the son of former big leaguer and Red Sox Triple-A manager Ron Johnson has had a breakout year, batting .327/.370/.504 with 19 doubles for the Hooks.
Andrew Carignan (Athletics) will be coming out of the bullpen for the Southern team. A fifth-round pick last year, Carignan has posted a 1.77 ERA in 20 innings for Midland.
Kyle Blanks (Padres) will get the start at first base for the Southern team after posting a .314/.405/.447 line in 255 at-bats for San Antonio.
The Northern pitching staff is led by Northwest Arkansas (Royals) righthander Daniel Cortes. Cortes, who came to the Royals via a 2006 trade with the White Sox. Cortes, the top pitching prospect int the Royals system, has a 3.58 ERA with a 53 strikeouts and to 21 walks in 50 1/3 innings.
Springfield will be sending outfielder Jon Jay as a reserve. Jay, one of the Cardinals top outfield prospects, is hitting .324/.383/.511 with 11 HR in his second stint in Springfield. Joining Jay will be Springfield righthander Jess Todd. Todd has been outstanding in 2008, posting a 1.79 ERA with 37 strikeouts and 11 walks in 55 1/3 Double-A innings.
The rest of the teams shake out like this, with an asterisk (*) denoting a player who has since been promoted:
|Ben Johnson||C||Arkansas (Angels)|
|Kila Kaaihue||1B||Northwest Arkansas (Royals)|
|Corey Wimberly||2B||Tulsa (Rockies)|
|Allen Craig||3B||Springfield (Cardinals)|
|Tyler Greene||SS||Springfield (Cardinals)|
|Dexter Fowler||OF||Tulsa (Rockies)|
|Matt Miller||OF||Tulsa (Rockies)|
|Shane Robinson||OF||Springfield (Cardinals)|
|Juan Richardson||DH||Northwest Arkansas (Royals)|
|Brandon Yarbrough||C||Springfield (Cardinals)|
|Tony Blanco||IF||Tulsa (Rockies)|
|Angel Sanchez||IF||Northwest Arkansas (Royals)|
|Jon Jay||OF||Springfield (Cardinals)|
|Ovandy Suero||OF||Northwest Arkansas (Royals)|
|Adam Bright||LHP||Tulsa (Rockies)|
|Daniel Cortes||RHP||Northwest Arkansas (Royals)|
|Dan Denham||RHP||Arkansas (Angels)|
|*Dusty Hughes||LHP||Northwest Arkansas (Royals)|
|*Kevin Jepsen||RHP||Arkansas (Angels)|
|Blake Johnson||RHP||Northwest Arkansas (Royals)|
|*Ryan Mattheus||RHP||Tulsa (Rockies)|
|Robert Mosebach||RHP||Arkansas (Angels)|
|Fernando Salas||RHP||Springfield (Cardinals)|
|Jess Todd||RHP||Springfield (Cardinals)|
|*Chris Davis||1B||Frisco (Rangers)|
|Drew Sutton||2B||Corpus Christi (Astros)|
|*Jesus Guzman||3B||Midland (Athletics)|
|Tommy Manzella||SS||Corpus Christi (Astros)|
|Ben Harrison||OF||Frisco (Rangers)|
|Chad Huffman||OF||San Antonio (Padres)|
|Steven Murphy||OF||Frisco (Rangers)|
|Kyle Banks||DH||San Antonio (Padres)|
|Anthony Recker||C||Midland (Athletics)|
|Elvis Andrus||IF||Frisco (Rangers)|
|Chris Johnson||IF||Corpus Christi (Astros)|
|Jon Zeringue||OF||Midland (Athletics)|
|Billy Hart||OF||Corpus Christi (Astros)|
|Greg Burke||RHP||San Antonio (Padres)|
|Matt Buschmann||RHP||San Antonio (Padres)|
|Andrew Carnignan||RHP||Midland (Athletics)|
|*Brian Gordon||RHP||Frisco (Rangers)|
|Trey Hodges||RHP||Frisco (Rangers)|
|Will Inman||RHP||San Antonio (Padres)|
|Brad James||RHP||Corpus Christi (Astros)|
|Vincent Mazzaro||RHP||Midland (Athletics)|