CORPUS CHRISTI - Outfielder J.D. Martinez, shortstop Wladimir Sutil and southpaw hurlers Xavier Cedeno and Dallas Keuchel have been selected to the Texas League South Division All-Star Team, announced today by league president Tom Kayser.
The North and South All-Stars meet in the 75th Texas League All-Star Game Wednesday, June 29, at San Antonio's Nelson Wolff Municipal Stadium.
Martinez, 23, is Corpus Christi's leader in average (.309), RBIs (36), sacrifice flies (5), on-base percentage (.384), slugging percentage (.451) and OPS (.835). He has managed this despite missing two weeks in May with a leg injury. Picked by Baseball America as the sixth-best prospect in the Astros system entering this season, Martinez opened the year with an 11-game hitting streak and established a franchise-record nine-game RBI streak from April 11 through April 21.
Sutil, 26, joins Martinez on the starting unit as the South's shortstop. In 48 games with the Hooks, Sutil batted .295 with eight doubles, two home runs, 13 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. He opened the season with a 16-game hitting streak (28x67, .418), the longest streak in the league this year. Corpus Christi's offensive and defensive player of the month in April, Sutil was promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City on June 7 and, barring a reassignment to Corpus Christi, will be replaced on the All-Star squad.
Cedeno, 24, leads the circuit in innings pitched (76.1) and is tied for the most starts (13). He ranks second in strikeouts (66) and slots eighth in ERA (3.77). A former Rockies farmhand, Cedeno has worked a minimum of six innings on seven occasions and has six quality starts. He was chosen as Corpus Christi's pitcher of the month in May, when he went 2-1 with a 2.94 ERA, with 30 strikeouts in 33.2 innings over five starts.
Keuchel, 23, stands third in the league in WHIP (1.14) and fourth in ERA (3.16). He tossed the first complete-game shutout by a Hooks pitcher in two years when he blanked the Travelers 4-0 at Arkansas on May 29. Keuchel was selected as the Texas League's Pitcher of the Week for the period April 7-17. He has seven quality starts and has held the opposition to three or fewer runs in nine of his 11 outings.
Sutil has been voted to the South Division All-Star squad three consecutive years.
Balloting was conducted among league managers, broadcasters, selected beat writers and media relations directors.
South Division All-Stars
First Base - Michael Spina, Midland
Second Base - Vince Belnome, San Antonio
Third Base - James Darnell, San Antonio
Shortstop - Wladimir Sutil, Corpus Christi
Catcher - Ali Solis, San Antonio
Designated Hitter - Mike Bianucci, Frisco
Outfield - Leonys Martin, Frisco
Outfield - Jermaine Mitchell, Midland
Outfield - J.D. Martinez, Corpus Christi
Infield - Grant Green, Midland
Infield - Tommy Mendonca, Frisco
Infield - Renny Osuna, Frisco
Catcher - Jose Felix, Frisco
Outfield - Sawyer Carroll, San Antonio
Anthony Bass, San Antonio
Brad Brach, San Antonio
Xavier Cedeno, Corpus Christi
Adalberto Flores, Frisco
Ethan Hollingsworth, Midland
Casey Kelly, San Antonio
Dallas Keuchel, Corpus Christi
Justin Miller, Frisco
Martin Perez, Frisco
Jorge Reyes, San Antonio
Manager - Doug Dascenzo, San Antonio
Pitching Coach - Jimmy Jones, San Antonio
Hitting Coach - Tom Tornincasa, San Antonio
Athletic Trainer - Nathan Stewart, San Antonio
North Division All-Stars
First Base - Matt Adams, Springfield
Second Base - Ryan Mount, Arkansas
Third Base - Luis Jimenez, Arkansas
Shortstop - Darwin Perez, Arkansas
Catcher - Wilin Rosario, Tulsa
Designated Hitter - Anthony Seratelli, Northwest Arkansas
Outfield - Alex Castellanos, Springfield
Outfield - Mike Trout, Arkansas
Outfield - Tim Wheeler, Tulsa
Infield - Darin Holcomb, Tulsa
Infield - Ryan Jackson, Springfield
Infield - Ben Paulsen, Tulsa
Catcher - Salvador Perez, Northwest Arkansas
Outfield - Scott Beerer, Tulsa
Orangel Arenas, Arkansas
Michael Blazek, Springfield
Ryan Brasier, Arkansas
Maikel Cleto, Springfield
Stephen Dodson, Tulsa
Christian Friedrich, Tulsa
Juan Nicasio, Tulsa
Trevor Reckling, Arkansas
Garrett Richards, Arkansas
Matt Shoemaker, Arkansas
Manager - Brian Poldberg, Northwest Arkansas
Pitching Coach - Terry Bradshaw, Northwest Arkansas
Hitting Coach - Larry Carter, Northwest Arkansas
Athletic Trainer - Tony Medina, Northwest Arkansas