Aflac Lineups

SAN DIEGO–On the eve of the fifth-annual Aflac Classic, there’s plenty of anticipation, as 37 of the nation’s top rising seniors assemble for Saturday’s 3 p.m. EDT first pitch at Tony Gywnn Stadium at San Diego State.Friday’s award banquet was highlighted by the Jackie Robinson award presentation and a heartfelt speech by Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, this year’s honorary chairman.

Tim Melville, the consensus top righthander in the class, racked up, claiming the Jackie Robinson award (following Justin Upton and Cody Johnson as Robinson award winners) , as well as BA’s Pitching Prospect of the Year award.

He’ll be the starting pitcher for the West, which has won three straight Aflac games, going back to 2003, when Nick Adenhart took the ball for the East in the innaugural event at Fort Myers, Fla., the only game the East has won. Homer Bailey opposed Adenhart that night, and thi syear, it will be Michael Palazzone taking the ball for the East against Melville.
Here’s the starting lineups:


Xavier Avery, cf

Tim Beckham, ss

Ethan Martin, 3b

Destin Hood, lf

Harold Martinez, 2b

Wes Freeman, rf

Jack Armstrong, 1b

Garrison Lassiter, dh

Taylor Hightower, c


Robbie Grossman, cf

Andy Burns, ss

Isaac Galloway, dh

Kyle Skipworth, c

Clark Murphy, 1b

Aaron Hicks, rf

Ricky Oropesa, 3b

Chris Amezquita, 2b

Brent Warren, cf

Because of injuries to Dan Marrs, Anthony Ferrara and Kyle Long, and Sonny Gray having to sit out based on eligibilty issues with the Tennessee HSAA, the East is down to five pitchers, and Ethan Martin, who can pitch, has a broken right thumb, so he’ll be unavailable, as well.

Quinton Miller will follow Palazzone with Brett DeVall, Jack Armstrong and Scott Silverstein cleaning up.

Ryan O’Sullivan is scheduled to follow Melville, with Gerrit Cole, Taylor Jungmann, B.J. Hermsen, Jarred Cosart, Austin Wright and Hicks following suit.