Of the preseason picks to be named among MLB.com's Top 50 Prospects in all of baseball, five have been selected as All-Stars just in the Texas League, one of three Double-A circuits and 10 full-season leagues. Several other touted prospects, including former first-round picks, also appear on the rosters. The way they've lived up to the hype so far, these players are destined to make this year's midsummer showcase one to remember.
Angels prospect Mike Trout, who tops the MLB.com list, has been tabbed to start in the outfield for the North Division team. As of Saturday, Trout was second in the circuit with 19 stolen bases and is batting .307, and his Arkansas Travelers were first in the division.
The Travs had nine players named All-Stars, more than any other team in the Texas League. Trevor Reckling and Garrett Richards, considered two of the Angels' finest pitching prospects, are among five Arkansas hurlers on the North Division squad.
Also joining Trout on the North team will be Rockies prospects Wilin Rosario and Christian Friedrich, MLB.com's No. 41 and 50 Top Prospects, respectively. Their Tulsa teammate Juan Nicasio, who currently leads the league with a 2.22 ERA, was picked, too.
The South Division team can count on big things from big names, as well. Casey Kelly (MLB.com's No. 22 pick) is among eight San Antonio players honored with a selection. Entering Saturday's action, Kelly led the loop with 72 1/3 innings pitched and was 10 strikeouts behind league-leader Martin Perez, who'd fanned 65. Perez (No. 23) will join Kelly on the South staff, and it serves him right; he'd put up a 4-0 record and 2.60 ERA through 12 starts. The Rangers prospect will be joined by seven other Frisco players.
Midland's Jermaine Mitchell, who leads the league in runs scored, and Grant Green, who was a first-round pick of Oakland in 2009, should provide an offensive boost for the South Division, with San Antonio's Vincent Belnome (11 homers) and Sawyer Carroll (.554 slugging percentage) lending pop.
Missions fans can expect plenty of familiar faces at the All-Star Game. In addition to the eight San Antonio players, the San Antonio field staff, helmed by Doug Dascenzo, will guide the South Division team. Northwest Arkansas' Brian Poldberg and his staff are in charge of the North Division squad.
2011 Texas League All-Star Teams
Northern Division All-Star Team
Southern Division All-Star Team
Starting Position Players
|Wilin Rosario||C||Tulsa||Ali Solis||C||San Antonio|
|Matt Adams||1B||Springfield||Michael Spina||1B||Midland|
|Anthony Seratelli*||2B||NW Arkansas||Jimmy Paredes*||2B||Corpus Christi|
|Luis Jimenez||3B||Arkansas||James Darnell||3B||San Antonio|
|Darwin Perez||SS||Arkansas||Grant Green*||SS||Midland|
|Alex Castellanos||OF||Springfield||Leonys Martin||OF||Frisco|
|Mike Trout||OF||Arkansas||Jermaine Mitchell||OF||Midland|
|Tim Wheeler||OF||Tulsa||J. D. Martinez||OF||Corpus Christi|
|Ben Paulsen*||DH||Tulsa||Mike Bianucci||DH||Frisco|
Reserve Position Players
|Salvador Perez||C||NW Arkansas||Jose Felix||C||Frisco|
|Wil Myers*||OF||NW Arkansas||Jose Ruiz*||INF||Frisco|
|Ryan Jackson||INF||Springfield||Tommy Mendonca||INF||Frisco|
|Jeff Bianchi*||INF||NW Arkansas||Renny Osuna||INF||Frisco|
|Scott Beerer||OF||Tulsa||Sawyer Carroll||OF||San Antonio|
|Orangel Arenas||RHP||Arkansas||Erik Hamren*||RHP||San Antonio|
|Michael Blazek||RHP||Springfield||Brad Brach||RHP||San Antonio|
|Ryan Brasier||RHP||Arkansas||Xavier Cedeno||LHP||Corpus Christi|
|Sam Freeman||LHP||Springfield||Adalberto Flores||RHP||Frisco|
|Joe Torres*||LHP||Tulsa||Nick Vincent*||RHP||San Antonio|
|Christian Friedrich||LHP||Tulsa||Casey Kelly||RHP||San Antonio|
|Kelvin Herrera*||RHP||NW Arkansas||Dallas Keuchel||LHP||Corpus Christi|
|Trevor Reckling||LHP||Arkansas||Justin Miller||RHP||Frisco|
|Garrett Richards||RHP||Arkansas||Martin Perez||LHP||Frisco|
|Matt Shoemaker||RHP||Arkansas||Jorge Reyes||RHP||San Antonio|
|Brian Poldberg||Mgr.||NW Arkansas||Doug Dascenzo||Mgr.||San Antonio|
|Terry Bradshaw||Coach||NW Arkansas||Jimmy Jones||Coach||San Antonio|
|Larry Carter||Coach||NW Arkansas||Tom Tornicasa||Coach||San Antonio|
|Tony Medina||Trainer||NW Arkansas||Nathan Stewart||Trainer||San Antonio|
* On June 15, the Texas League announced that Arkansas second baseman Ryan Mount will not play in the Texas League All-Star Game due to injury. His place in the starting lineup will be filled by Northwest Arkansas' Anthony Seratelli, previously the starting DH. Tulsa infielder Ben Paulsen replaces Seratelli as the starting DH. Northwest Arkansas infielder Jeff Bianchi takes Mount's place on the North Division roster. In the South Division, Wladimir Sutil will not play in the game due to promotion. Midland shortstop Grant Green will replace Sutil in the starting lineup. Frisco infielder Jose Ruiz replaces Sutil on the roster.
On June 20, the Texas League announced that Midland pitcher Ethan Hollingsworth will not play for the South Division in the game due to injury. San Antonio's Josh Spence will replace him. For the North Division, Tulsa pitcher Juan Nicasio is not expected to play due to promotion. He will be replaced by Northwest Arkansas' Kelvin Herrera. Tulsa infielder Darin Holcomb is unable to play and will be replaced by Northwest Arkansas' Wil Myers.
On June 21, the Texas League announced that Springfield pitcher Maikel Cleto will not play for the North Division due to promotion. He will be replaced by teammate Sam Freeman.
On June 22, the Texas League announced that San Antonio pitcher Josh Spence will not play for the South Division due to promotion. Teammate Nick Vincent is Spence's replacement.
On June 23, the Texas League announced that Tulsa pitcher Stephen Dodson will not play for the North Division due to injury. Teammate Joe Torres replaces Dodson on the roster.
On June 24, the Texas League announced that San Antonio infielder Vince Belnome is unable to play for the South Division due to injury. Teammate Beamer Weems was announced as a replacement for him on the roster, but Weems became unavailable and was replaced by Corpus Christi's Jimmy Paredes.
On June 27, the Texas League announced that San Antonio pitcher Anthony Bass is unable to play for the South Division due to promotion. He has been replaced by teammate Erik Hamren.