The league's top two sluggers, Paul Goldschmidt and Ryan Flaherty, were among those selected this week to the 2011 Southern League All-Star Game, which will be played June 21 at Pringles Park. The league has revealed the rosters in pieces this week, unveiling the coaches and umpires on Monday before detailing the North and South rosters Tuesday and Wednesday.
Goldschmidt, the D-backs' top first base prospect, leads the Southern League with 20 homers and 57 RBIs in 60 games at Double-A Mobile, ripping a two-run homer Wednesday afternoon in the wake of the announcement. His .349 average ranks third in the league behind Tennessee's DJ LeMahieu and Birmingham's Tyler Kuhn.
LaMahieu, who hit .358 in 50 games, was nominated for the All-Star team but has since been promoted to the Majors. Kuhn's .362 mark leads the circuit.
The Smokies' Flaherty, batting .311, is tied for second in the league with 12 homers and 52 RBIs. Jackson fans will see some familiar faces on the field, including the Southern League's ERA leader, Andrew Carraway, who is 4-0 with a 2.44 ERA for the Mariners' Double-A affiliate.
Jackson will send six players (Kyle Seager, Brett Jackson, Jarrett Grube, Kenn Kasparek, Erasmo Ramirez and Carraway) and three coaches to the game, including manager Jim Pankovits.
Below are the full rosters, honorable mentions and the umpire crew for the game:
2011 Southern League All-Star Teams
North Division All-Star Team
South Division All-Star Team
|Steve Clevenger*||C||Tennessee||Luke Montz*||C||Jacksonville|
|Blake Lalli||C||Tennessee||Stephen Vogt||C||Montgomery|
|Scott Van Slyke*||1B||Chattanooga||Paul Goldschmidt*||1B||Mobile|
|Kyle Seager*||2B||Jackson||Tyler Kuhn*||2B||Birmingham|
|Steffan Wilson*||3B||Huntsville||Daniel Mayora*||3B||Montgomery|
|Marwin Gonzalez*||SS||Tennessee||Tyler Pastornicky*||SS||Mississippi|
|Brett Jackson||OF||Tennessee||Ollie Linton*||OF||Mobile|
|Erik Komatsu*||OF||Huntsville||Kevin Mattison*||OF||Jacksonville|
|Jake Shaffer*||OF||Jackson||A.J. Pollock*||OF||Mobile|
|Matt Spencer*||OF||Tennessee||Marc Krauss^||OF||Mobile|
|Rebel Ridling*||DH||Tennessee||Christian Marrero*||DH||Birmingham|
|Ryan Flaherty||UTIL IF||Tennessee||Taylor Harbin||UTIL IF||Mobile|
|Kyle Russell||UTIL OF||Chattanooga||Brandon Short||UTIL OF||Birmingham|
|Brad Boxberger||RHP||Carolina||Dylan Axelrod||RHP||Birmingham|
|Andrew Carraway||RHP||Jackson||Paul Clemens||RHP||Mississippi|
|Cole St. Clair||LHP||Chattanooga||Randall Delgado||RHP||Mississippi|
|Rafael Dolis||RHP||Tennessee||Marquis Fleming||RHP||Montgomery|
|Nathan Eovaldi||RHP||Chattanooga||Chris Hatcher||RHP||Jacksonville|
|Jarrett Grube*||RHP||Jackson||J.J. Hoover||RHP||Mississippi|
|Michael Antonini^||LHP||Chattanooga||Charles Leesman||LHP||Birmingham|
|Daniel Meadows||LHP||Huntsville||Matt Moore*||LHP||Montgomery|
|Bobby LaFrombois^||LHP||Jackson||Brett Oberholtzer||LHP||Mississippi|
|Erasmo Ramirez||RHP||Jackson||Dan Remenowsky||RHP||Birmingham|
|Will Savage||RHP||Chattanooga||Wes Roemer||RHP||Mobile|
|Wily Peralta^||RHP||Huntsville||Sandy Rosario||RHP||Jacksonville|
|Jim Pankovits||Mgr.||Jackson||Andy Barkett||Mgr.||Jacksonville|
|Cory Snyder||Hitting||Jackson||Corey Hart||Hitting||Jacksonville|
|Lance Painter||Pitching||Jackson||John Duffy||Pitching||Jacksonville|
* denotes starter.
^ denotes editor's notes: On June 10, the league announced that North Division pitchers Kenn Kasparek (Jackson), Trey McNutt (Tennessee) and Robert Whitenack (Tennessee) would not be participating in the All-Star Game. They were replaced by Michael Antonini (Chattanooga), Bobby LaFrombois (Jackson) and Wily Peralta (Huntsville).
The league also announced that South Division outfielder Alex Romero (Jacksonville) would be replaced by Marc Krauss (Mobile).
Honorable mention: The following players were nominated for the All-Star Teams because they were on Southern League rosters when the ballots went out May 20. However, they have since been promoted out of the League as follows:
Marco Carrillo, RHP, Tennessee Smokies promoted to Triple-A Iowa Cubs
Nick Christiani, RHP, Carolina Mudcats promoted to Triple-A Louisville Bats
Rubby De La Rosa, RHP, Chattanooga Lookouts promoted to Los Angeles Dodgers
Matt Klinker, RHP, Carolina Mudcats promoted to Triple-A Louisville Bats
DJ LeMahieu, 2B, Tennessee Smokies promoted to Chicago Cubs
Brad Hand, LHP, Jacksonville Suns promoted to Florida Marlins
Bryan Shaw, RHP, Mobile BayBears promoted to Triple-A Reno Aces
Matt Zaleski, RHP, Birmingham Barons promoted to Triple-A Charlotte Knights
Jason Cooksey (Crew Chief)