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2019 Eastern League All-Star Game Rosters

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Tigers prospect Matt Manning is part of a pitcher-heavy Eastern League all-star group. (Photo by Mike Janes/Four Seam)

Erie's Matt Manning and Trenton's Deivi Garcia will get to face off against one another on July 10, when they will meet at The Diamond in Richmond for the Eastern League all-star game.

The big-armed righthanders are the easy stars of the respective Eastern and Western Division rosters, which were released on Monday. Manning's teammate Casey Mize was also named to the Western Division's pitching staff, but he's on the injured list with right shoulder soreness.

Manning, 21, entered the year as the league's youngest pitcher (but not even the youngest player on his own team; that honor goes to infielder and fellow all-star Isaac Paredes) and has been dominant from the jump. The 6-foot-6, athletic righty has a league-best 98 strikeouts to go with a 6-4, 2.53 mark over 81.2 innings. He sports an electric fastball that he can run into the upper 90s, as well as wipeout curveball and a changeup that can elicit swings and misses. 

Garcia, who is a full year younger than Manning, started the season at high Class A Tampa before making his Double-A debut on May 1. He's pitched 47 innings with Trenton since then and has piled up 76 strikeouts. That total includes a recent six-inning, 15-strikeout gem that earned him the top spot on the most recent Hot Sheet. He began the year with a three-pitch mix of a fastball, changeup and curveball, but has added a slider to round out his arsenal.

He’s really taken to the slider," Trenton manager Pat Osborn said. "It was more of ‘Hey, let’s see if he can start trying this pitch and see what it looks like, and it’s turned into an above-average major league slider. My personal opinion is that it’s going to become his wipeout pitch. I think it will kind of eventually overtake his curveball, but what we’re seeing is it’s actually helping his curveball too which is kind of cool."

Manning and the rest of the Western Division will have to navigate around Portland's Bobby Dalbec, who is tied for second in the league with 14 home runs. Dalbec is one of the league's premier power brokers and, if the game is forced into a tie-breaking home run derby as it did in 2018, would give his team an ace in the hole. 

Reading first baseman Darick Hall, who also has 14 home runs, will buttress Dalbec in the Eastern Division lineup. Trenton's Chris Gittens, who is third in the league with a .940 OPS, will add some thump as well.

EASTERN TEAM

NamePositionTeamMLB Org
PITCHERS
Daniel AlvarezPTrentonYankees
Logan CozartPHartfordRockies
Deivi GarciaPTrentonYankees
Harol GonzalezPBinghamptonMets
Alexander GuillenPHartfordRockies
Tanner HouckPPortlandRed Sox
Dedgar JimenezPPortlandRed Sox
Zach LoguePNew HampshireBlue Jays
Adonis MedinaPReadingPhillies
Addison RussPReadingPhillies
Adonis UcetaPBinghamptonMets
CATCHERS
Patrick MazeikaCBinghamptonMets
Jhon NunezCPortlandRed Sox
INFIELDERS
Bobby DalbecIFPortlandRed Sox
Santiago EspinalIFNew HampshireBlue Jays
Chris GittensIFTrentonYankees
Sam HaggertyIFBinghamptonMets
Darick HallIFReadingPhillies
Nash KnightIFNew HampshireBlue Jays
Hoy Jun ParkIFTrentonYankees
Alan TrejoIFHartfordRockies
Colton WelkerIFHartfordRockies
OUTFIELDERS
Braxton LeeOFBinghamptonMets
Mickey MoniakOFReadingPhillies
Ben RutaOFTrentonYankees
Forrest WallOFNew HampshireBlue Jays

WESTERN TEAM

NamePositionTeamMLB Org
PITCHERS
Melvin AdonPRichmondGiants
Caleb BaragarPRichmondGiants
Ben BraymerPHarrisburgNationals
Zac LowtherPBowieOrioles
Matt ManningPErieTigers
James MarvelPAltoonaPirates
Casey MizePErieTigers
Eli MorganPAkronIndians
Kyle NelsonPAkronIndians
Pedro VasquezPAltoonaPirates
Alex WellsPBowieOrioles
CATCHERSP
Tres BarreraPHarrisburgNationals
Jason DelayPAltoonaPirates
INFIELDERS
Jonah ArenadoIFRichmondGiants
Rylan BannonIFBowieOrioles
Wilson GarciaIFAkronIndians
Zach HouchinsIFRichmondGiants
Mason McCoyIFBowieOrioles
Jalen MillerIFRichmondGiants
Isaac ParedesIFErieTigers
Ian SagdalIFHarrisburgNationals
OUTFIELDERS
Jose AzocurOFErieTigers
Jacob HeywardOFRichmondGiants
Connor MarabellOFAkronIndians
Ka'ai TomOFAkronIndians
Rhett WisemanOFHarrisburgNationals
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