Midwest League All-Star Rosters

The Midwest League all-star game is set for June 21 at Perfect Game Field in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, home of the Kernels, the low Class A affiliate of the Twins. The Rays, Cubs and Padres have heavy representation for the East.

For the Rays, former Michigan two-way star Jake Cronenworth has had a breakout 2016, as Matt Eddy wrote. Kevin Padlo, acquired from Colorado in the Jake McGee deal, has shown power with eight homers and a good batting eye, posting a .343 OBP despite a .194 average. For the Cubs, righthander Adbert Alzolay isn’t missing as many bats as a starter, but he’s tough to square up. Speaking of tough to square up, lefthander Carson Sands has yet to allow a homer as a pro, but has struggled with command. Big-money Cuban signee Eloy Jimenez is flashing all of his tools, ranking among MWL leaders in homers, hits, RBIs and slugging. Center fielder Donnie Dewees has plus speed and a great approach and his 10 triples lead the league.

The Padres have five representatives, including catcher Austin Allen, who began the year on fire, before slowing down in May. Sleeper righthander Enyel de los Santos, acquired from the Mariners for Joaquin Benoit, has a power fastball and good command of it, and Jacob Nix, working in the tandem system, has shown improved command. Toolsy outfielder Michael Gettys is second in the league in steals.

Also members of the Eastern squad are former Missouri State co-aces Jon Harris and Matt Hall, who BA profiled recently.

The Western team is similarly loaded. Kyle Tucker, the No. 5 overall pick a year ago, is the lone Astros representative, and leads the league with 23 steals. Young Brewers prospects Jake Gatewood, now a third baseman, and Isan Diaz, acquired from the Diamondbacks for Jean Segura, make up the starting left side of the infield, while righthander Marcos Diplan, acquired for Yovani Gallardo, is blossoming in full-season ball.

Former UNC enigma Skye Bolt, who is a veritable toolshed, represents the Athletics. Also from the A’s organization is righthander Angel Duno, who is not overpowering, with a fastball that ranges 88-92 mph but sits 90, with some sink and cut and an burgeoning changeup. Former Texas A&M workhorse Grayson Long represents the Angels. Long has an above-average fastball with good angle that sits 92-93 mph this season, and his secondary pitches—a slider and changeup—are works in progress.

Three members of the ballyhooed Peoria rotation will be in Cedar Rapids as well, including Brennan Leitao, and hard-throwers Derian Gonzalez and Ryan Helsley. Junior Fernandez and Sandy Alcantara had strong cases as well, but were not chosen.

MWL Eastern All-Stars
C Francisco Mejia 5-10 175 S/R 10/27/95 Lake County CLE
1B Juan Kelly 5-10 210 S/R 7/16/94 Lansing TOR
2B Andrew Ely 5-11 180 L/R 1/23/93 South Bend CHC
3B Jesse Hodges 6-1 212 R/R 3/29/94 South Bend CHC
SS Jake Cronenworth 6-1 185 L/R 1/21/94 Bowling Green TB
OF Eloy Jimenez 6-4 205 R/R 11/27/96 South Bend CHC
OF Michael Gettys 6-2 235 R/R 10/22/95 Fort Wayne SD
OF Donnie Dewees 5-11 200 L/L 9/29/93 South Bend CHC
DH Will Maddox 5-10 180 L/R 6/11/92 West Michigan DET
C Austin Allen 6-4 225 L/R 1/16/94 Fort Wayne SD
INF Michael Russell 6-2 200 R/L 1/30/93 Bowling Green TB
INF Tyler Krieger 6-2 170 S/R 1/16/94 Lake County CLE
INF Kevin Padlo 6-2 215 R/R 7/15/96 Bowling Green TB
INF Willi Castro 6-1 165 S/R 4/24/97 Lake County CLE
INF Bret Sullivan 6-1 195 L/R 2/12/94 Bowling Green TB
OF Andrew Guillotte 5-8 170 R/R 3/30/93 Lansing TOR
RHP Diego Castillo 6-3 240 R/R 1/18/94 Bowling Green TB
LHP Genesis Cabrera 6-0 165 L/L 10/10/96 Bowling Green TB
RHP Ariel Hernandez 6-3 180 R/R 3/2/92 Dayton CIN
RHP J.C. Cosme 6-2 162 R/R 5/24/96 Fort Wayne SD
RHP Jacob Nix 6-4 230 R/R 1/9/96 Fort Wayne SD
RHP Enyel De Los Santos 6-3 170 R/R 12/25/95 Fort Wayne SD
RHP Dennis Santana 6-2 160 R/R 4/12/96 Great Lakes LAD
LHP Thomas Pannone 6-0 195 L/L 4/28/94 Lake County CLE
RHP Jon Harris 6-4 200 R/R 10/16/93 Lansing TOR
RHP Dusty Isaacs 6-1 200 R/R 8/7/91 Lansing TOR
LHP Angel Perdomo 6-7 240 L/L 5/7/94 Lansing TOR
RHP Adbert Alzolay 6-1 175 R/R 3/1/95 South Bend CHC
LHP Carson Sands 6-3 205 L/L 3/28/95 South Bend CHC
LHP Matt Hall 6-0 200 L/L 7/23/93 West Michigan DET
RHP Kyle Dowdy 6-1 195 R/R 2/3/93 West Michigan DET

MWL Western All-Stars
C Max McDowell 6-1 205 R/R 1/12/94 Wisconsin MIL
1B Dalton Kelly 6-3 180 L/L 8/4/94 Clinton SEA
2B Luis Arraez 5-10 177 L/R 4/9/97 Cedar Rapids MIN
3B Jake Gatewood 6-5 203 R/R 9/25/95 Wisconsin MIL
SS Isan Diaz 5-10 196 L/R 5/27/96 Wisconsin MIL
OF LaMonte Wade 6-1 205 L/L 1/1/94 Cedar Rapids MIN
OF Zach Nehrir 6-1 213 R/R 1/28/93 Kane County ARI
OF Kyle Tucker 6-4 189 L/R 1/17/97 Quad Cities HOU
DH Trevor Mitsui 6-4 238 R/R 10/1/92 Kane County ARI
C Jose Chavez 5-11 195 R/R 8/5/95 Beloit OAK
INF Mitch Ghelfi 5-11 195 S/R 9/24/92 Wisconsin MIL
INF Eliezer Alvarez 5-11 190 L/R 10/15/94 Peoria STL
INF Logan Taylor 6-1 200 R/R 9/22/93 Clinton SEA
INF Edmundo Sosa 6-0 195 R/R 3/6/96 Peoria STL
OF David Denson 6-3 261 L/R 1/17/95 Wisconsin MIL
OF Skye Bolt 6-3 190 S/R 1/15/94 Beloit OAK
RHP Boomer Biegalski 6-2 165 R/R 7/13/94 Beloit OAK
RHP Angel Duno 6-0 180 R/R 1/10/94 Beloit OAK
RHP Jaime Barria 6-1 210 R/R 7/18/96 Burlington LAA
RHP Grayson Long 6-5 230 R/R 5/27/94 Burlington LAA
LHP Sam Clay 6-3 210 L/L 6/21/93 Cedar Rapids MIN
RHP Art Warren 6-3 230 R/R 3/23/93 Clinton SEA
RHP Darin Gillies 6-4 220 R/R 11/6/92 Clinton SEA
RHP Justin Donatella 6-6 236 R/R 9/16/94 Kane County ARI
RHP Cameron Gann 6-0 203 R/R 10/8/92 Kane County ARI
LHP Brennan Leitao 6-2 215 S/R 6/21/93 Peoria STL
RHP Ryan Helsley 6-2 215 R/R 7/18/94 Peoria STL
RHP Derian Gonzalez 6-3 215 R/R 1/31/95 Peoria STL
RHP Marcos Diplan 6-0 172 R/R 9/18/96 Wisconsin MIL
RHP David Burkhalter 6-2 204 R/R 7/25/95 Wisconsin MIL
RHP Freddy Peralta 6-0 168 R/R 6/4/96 Wisconsin MIL

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