Jay, Honeywell, Shortstops Highlight FSL All-Stars

All-star season is upon us. First up is the Florida State League, which will hold its midseason spectacular on June 18 at Fort Myers’ Hammond Stadium. The league released its rosters last week, and they are stacked with talent. Overall, the two leagues will send five Top 100 Prospects, including one, Fort Myers lefty Tyler Jay, who was the No. 6 overall pick in the draft just a year ago.

Charlotte righthander Brent Honeywell (No. 65), Fort Myers shortstop Nick Gordon (No. 53), St. Lucie shortstop Amed Rosario (No. 58) and Tampa shortstop Jorge Mateo  are also included on the initial rosters and will add a hefty helping of prospect intrigue.

There are plenty of other intriguing names on these lists, however, who didn’t make the top spots in their system’s prospect ranks. Jupiter righthander Luis Castillo, who came over from the Giants with Kendrys Flores for third baseman Casey McGehee in 2014, has touched 100 mph with his fastball this year and is 5-2, 2.14 and has whiffed 42 against 10 walks in 54 2/3 innings.

Joining Jay on the South’s pitching staff are six other Fort Myers hurlers—Stephen Gonsalves, Felix Jorge, Yorman Landa, Kohl StewartTodd Van Steensel and converted catcher Raul Fernandez. Stewart and Gonsalves ranked among the Twins’ Top 10 entering the year and Landa and Jorge checked in at Nos. 23 and 24. Gonsalves’ 58 strikeouts rank him third in the FSL, behind only Tampa’s Chance Adams and Daytona’s Tyler Mahle.

FSL South All-Stars
Name Pos Team B T Ht. Wt.
Luis Castillo P Jupiter (Marlins) R R 6-2 170
Esmerling De La Rosa P Jupiter (Marlins) R R 6-2 199
Raul Fernandez P Fort Myers (Twins) R R 6-2 180
Austin Gomber P Palm Beach (Cardinals) L L 6-5 235
Stephen Gonsalves P Fort Myers (Twins) L L 6-5 213
Luis Heredia P Bradenton (Pirates) R R 6-5 251
Brent Honeywell P Charlotte (Rays) R R 6-2 180
Tyler Jay P Fort Myers (Twins) L L 6-1 185
Felix Jorge P Fort Myers (Twins) R R 6-2 170
Yorman Landa P Fort Myers (Twins) R R 6-0 175
Brian Miller P Charlotte (Rays) R R 6-4 200
Kohl Stewart P Fort Myers (Twins) R R 6-3 195
Todd Van Steensel P Fort Myers (Twins) R R 6-1 215
Rowan Wick P Palm Beach (Cardinals) L R 6-3 220
Alberto Baldonado P St. Lucie (Mets) L L 6-2 160
Steve Bean C Palm Beach (Cardinals) L R 6-2 205
Nick Ciuffo C Charlotte (Rays) L R 6-1 205
Taylor Gushue C Bradenton (Pirates) S R 6-1 215
Mac James C Charlotte (Rays) R R 6-1 195
Tomas Nido C St. Lucie (Mets) R R 6-0 200
Brian Anderson 2B Jupiter (Marlins) R R 6-3 185
Taylor Ard 1B Jupiter (Marlins) R R 6-2 230
Connor Joe 1B Bradenton (Pirates) R R 6-0 205
Kevin Newman SS Bradenton (Pirates) R R 6-1 180
Amed Rosario SS St. Lucie (Mets) R R 6-2 170
Nick Gordon SS Fort Myers (Twins) L R 6-0 160
Riley Unroe 2B Charlotte (Rays) S R 5-10 180
Trey Vavra 1B Fort Myers (Twins) R R 6-2 185
Wuilmer Becerra RF St. Lucie (Mets) R R 6-4 190
Edgar Corcino OF Fort Myers (Twins) S R 6-1 210
Cade Gotta CF Charlotte (Rays) R R 6-4 205
John Norwood CF Jupiter (Marlins) R R 6-1 185

The Northern team isn’t without its fair share of pitching, too. Adams and Mahle, the top two strikeout men on the circuit, front the staff. They’re joined by Dunedin righthander Conner Greene, who ranked No. 2 in the Toronto system, just behind outfielder Anthony Alford. Clearwater also sends a pair of talented arms in righthander Thomas Eshelman and lefty Elniery Garcia. Eshelman was acquired by the Phillies in the trade that sent Ken Giles to Houston, and Garcia has impressed evaluators with a three-pitch mix.

Tampa shortstop Mateo is the player on this with the highest upside. He shows potential for all five tools and last season led the minor leagues in stolen bases. Teammate Miguel Andujar has performed solidly in his return to high Class A and is second in the league in home runs, with nine. The leader, Lakeland’s Christin Stewart, has 16 longballs and will also be featured in this game. Scott Kingery, the league’s doubles leader, with 20, also earned a nod.

Lakeland righthander Tyler Alexander, whose 2.10 ERA places him fourth in the league, also earned a place on the North staff.

FSL North All-Stars
Name Pos Team B T Ht. Wt.
Chance Adams P Tampa (Yankees) R R 6-0 215
Tyler Alexander P Lakeland (Tigers) R L 6-2 200
Jacob Ehret P Daytona (Reds) R R 6-3 190
Thomas Eshelman P Clearwater (Phillies) R R 6-3 210
Elniery Garcia P Clearwater (Phillies) L L 6-0 155
Conner Greene P Dunedin (Blue Jays) R R 6-3 185
Jimmy Herget P Daytona (Reds) R R 6-3 170
Joe Jimenez P Lakeland (Tigers) R R 6-3 220
A.J. Ladwig P Lakeland (Tigers) R R 6-5 180
Tim Mayza P Dunedin (Blue Jays) L L 6-3 220
Adam Ravenelle P Lakeland (Tigers) R R 6-3 185
Alexis Rivero P Clearwater (Phillies) R R 6-0 180
Brandon Woodruff P Brevard County (Brewers) R R 6-4 215
Grayson Greiner C Lakeland (Tigers) R R 6-6 220
Dustin Houle C Brevard County (Brewers) R R 6-1 205
Chace Numata C Clearwater (Phillies) S R 6-0 175
Kade Scivicque C Lakeland (Tigers) R R 6-0 225
Miguel Andujar 3B Tampa (Yankees) R R 6-0 175
Zach Green 1B Clearwater (Phillies) R R 6-3 210
Scott Kingery 2B Clearwater (Phillies) R R 5-10 180
Jason Leblebijian 2B Dunedin (Blue Jays) R R 6-2 205
Jorge Mateo SS Tampa (Yankees) R R 6-0 190
Ryan McBroom 1B Dunedin (Blue Jays) R L 6-3 230
Angel Ortega SS Brevard County (Brewers) R R 6-2 170
Joey Pankake 2B Lakeland (Tigers) R R 6-2 185
Aristides Aquino RF Daytona (Reds) R R 6-4 190
Johnny Davis CF Brevard County (Brewers) S R 5-10 180
Mark Payton CF Tampa (Yankees) L L 5-7 180
Christin Stewart OF Lakeland (Tigers) L R 6-0 205
Carlos Tocci CF Clearwater (Phillies) R R 6-2 160

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