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06/08/2009 3:00 PM ET
Pitching vs. power at SAL All-Star Game
Southern Division arms try to quiet potent Northern Division bats
RiverDogs All-Star Pat Venditte shares the Minor League lead with 18 saves. (Tom Priddy/


To understand the dominance of the South Atlantic League Southern Division All-Star pitching, simply look at the circuit's ERA leaders.

Lexington Legends right-hander Robert Bono is third at 1.93, five spots ahead of Charleston RiverDogs righty Hector Noesi, who's two spots in front of Ross Seaton of the Lexington Legends (2.49). And that's not including Casey Kelly (1.12) and Jeff Kaplan (1.46), both of whom have been promoted out of the league.

Oh, and there's Pat Venditte, the ambidextrous RiverDogs closer who leads all of Class A with 18 saves.

Needless to say, the Northern Division's hitters will have their work cut out for them at the South Atlantic League All-Star Jamboree on June 23 at Appalachian Power Park in West Virginia.

However, the North has some stars of its own, most of whom just happen to stand out on offense. That group includes Hickory Crawdads outfielder Mike Bianucci, who leads the league with a .349 batting average, and Greensboro Grasshoppers first baseman Ben Lasater, who leads the league with 31 extra-base hits and 22 doubles.

The Lakewood BlueClaws (33-22), who sit atop the Northern Division, will send six players -- three pitchers and three position players -- to West Virginia. The pitchers include Tyler Cloyd, who is 6-2 with a 2.93 ERA, and Justin DeFratus, who is 2-0 with a 1.83 ERA over 19 relief appearances.

Noesi and Venditte are among five representatives of the RiverDogs (33-23), who lead the Southern Division. The Greenville Drive also boast five All-Stars, led by catcher Tim Federowicz, who is seventh in the circuit with a .319 average.

The South has its share of power, especially from Charleston outfielder Melky Mesa, who shares the league lead with 12 homers. He will try to outslug Hagerstown Suns catcher Derek Norris, who also has 12 homers and leads the league with 43 RBIs.

Drive manager Kevin Boles will lead the Southern Division All-Stars, while Dusty Wathan of the BlueClaws is the North skipper.

2009 South Atlantic League All-Star teams
Northern DivisionSouthern Division
ManagerDusty WathanLakewoodManagerKevin BolesGreenville
CoachTim GradovilleLakewoodCoachBob KipperGreenville
CoachGary GreenWest VirginiaCoachBilly McMillonGreenville
CoachJeff JohnsonWest VirginiaCoachCharley TaylorLexington
CoachErnie YoungKannapolisCoachTorre TysonCharleston
CoachJeff WareCharleston
TrainerKeito HommaWest VirginiaTrainerJames (L.J.) PetraAugusta
RHPTyler CloydLakewoodRHPRobert BonoLexington
RHPJohnny DornGreensboroLHPRobert CarsonSavannah
RHPMarcos FriasHagerstownRHPJ.J. HooverRome
LHPRudy OwensWest VirginiaRHPHector NoesiCharleston
RHPAlexander PerezLake CountyRHPRoss SeatonLexington
LHPMartin PerezHickoryRHPEzekiel SpruillRome
LHPRichard ZagoneDelmarvaRHP
RHPPeter AndrelczykGreensboroRHPChris AndujarBowling Green
RHPJustin De FratusLakewoodLHPPat VenditteCharleston
LHPYoon-Hee NamHickoryLHPArmando ZerpaGreenville
RHPDan RemenowskyKannapolisSWP
RHPBrian RosenbergLakewoodLHP
Position Players
CTravis D'ArnaudLakewoodCTim FederowiczGreenville
CJohn CurtisKannapolisCJordan PachecoAsheville
CDerek NorrisHagerstownCJesus SucreRome
1BBen LasaterGreensboro1BAnthony RizzoGreenville
2BKarexon SanchezLake County2BJoshua SatinSavannah
3BPaul GranGreensboro3BEbert RosarioLexington
SSChase D'ArnaudWest VirginiaSSTim BeckhamBowling Green
INFHarold GarciaLakewoodINFJames CesarioAsheville
INFErik MorrisonHickoryINFJuan PerezAugusta
RFMichael BianucciHickoryRFMelky MesaCharleston
CFAnthony GoseLakewoodCFScott RobinsonAsheville
LFJustin BassGreensboroLFSean RatliffSavannah
OFDavid PaisanoHickoryOFDavid MailmanGreenville
OFRonnie WeltyDelmarvaOFLuis SumozaRome
DHCalvin AndersonWest VirginiaDHDaniel BrewerCharleston

Mason Kelley is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.