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Texas League reveals All-Star rosters
Northwest Arkansas to host Midsummer Classic on June 25
06/11/2013 5:00 PM ET
Outfielder George Springer leads the Minors with 18 home runs.
Outfielder George Springer leads the Minors with 18 home runs. (Corpus Christi Hooks)

The rosters were announced Tuesday for the 77th Annual Texas League All-Star Game presented by Castrol to be held at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale, Ark., on June 25th.

The Arkansas Travelers, currently tied with Springfield for first place in the North Division, contributed eight players -- four of them pitchers -- to the Northern squad. Springfield and Tulsa will send six apiece while host Northwest Arkansas had four players named to the Midsummer Classic roster.

The Southern team is led by Astros prospect George Springer, whose 18 home runs for Corpus Christi are the most in the Minors this season. He's joined by Hooks teammates Jake Buchanan, who leads the Texas League with a 0.80 ERA, and David Martinez, whose 9-0 record is best on the circuit. A pair of Frisco pitchers, Neil Ramirez and Carlos Pimentel, are atop the league in strikeouts with 81 and 80, respectively. Midland's four-player contingent is led by first baseman Anthony Aliotti, whose .364 average and .458 on-base percentage are tops in the league.

This year marks the first time Northwest Arkansas, which entered the Texas League in 2008, has hosted the All-Star Game. North Division skipper Brian Poldberg is the only manager the Naturals have had in their six seasons.

Though the North won in Tulsa last year, the South has emerged victorious in five of the last seven matchups and looks to be a favorite again in 2013, as all four North Division teams have losing records.

NORTH DIVISION ALL-STAR TEAM
Starters      
NAME POS TEAM MLB ORG
Jett Bandy C Arkansas LAA
C.J. Cron 1B Arkansas LAA
Angelys Nina 2B Tulsa COL
Ruben Gotay 3B Springfield STL
Orlando Calixte SS NW Arkansas KC
Roman Hernandez* OF NWA KC
Kiel Roling OF Tulsa COL
Chris Swauger* OF Springfield STL
Matt Fields* DH Tulsa COL
Reserves      
NAME POS TEAM MLB ORG
Mitch Canham C NW Arkansas KC
Rey Navarro* INF NW Arkansas KC
Taylor Lindsey INF Arkansas LAA
Randal Grichuk OF Arkansas LAA
Pitchers      
NAME POS TEAM MLB ORG
Christian Bergman RHP Tulsa COL
Michael Cisco* RHP Arkansas LAA
Tim Cooney* LHP Springfield STL
Santiago Garrido RHP NW Arkansas KC
Brandon Hynick RHP Arkansas LAA
Kevin Johnson RHP Arkansas LAA
Tyler Matzek LHP Tulsa COL
Mike Piazza RHP Arkansas LAA
Kevin Thomas RHP Springfield STL
Heath Wyatt* RHP Springfield STL
Field Staff      
NAME POS TEAM MLB ORG
Brian Poldberg Manager NW Arkansas KC
Nelson Liriano Coach NW Arkansas KC
Jim Brower Coach NW Arkansas KC
Masa Koyanagi Trainer NW Arkansas KC
David Kathmann Strength Coach NW Arkansas KC

* On June 12, Springfield's Tim Cooney was announced as the replacement for promomoted Sprinfield right-hander Keith Butler. Also, Springfield's Chris Swauger replaces Springfield's Tommy Pham, who is injured. Northwest Arkansas' Rey Navarro replaced teammated Angel Franco on June 20. Northwest Arkansas' Matt Fields replaced Tulsa's Kent Matthes on June 22. Arkansas' Michael Cisco replaced teammate Lay Batista on June 22. Springfield's Heath Wyatt replaced teammate Deryk Hooker on June 23. Northwest Arkansas' Roman Hernandez replaced injured Tulsa outfielder Kyle Parker on June 23. Mike O'Neill is injured and will not participate as of June 23.

SOUTH DIVISION ALL-STAR TEAM
Starters      
NAME POS TEAM MLB ORG
Rene Garcia C Corpus Christi HOU
Anthony Aliotti 1B Midland OAK
Odubel Herrera 2B Frisco TEX
Jake Blackwood 3B San Antonio SD
Dusty Coleman SS Midland OAK
Teodoro Martinez** OF Frisco TEX
Rico Noel OF San Antonio SD
George Springer OF Corpus Christi HOU
Brett Nicholas DH Frisco TEX
Reserves      
NAME POS TEAM MLB ORG
Tomas Telis C Frisco TEX
Guilder Rodriguez INF Frisco TEX
Jeudy Valdez INF San Antonio SD
Jake Goebbert OF Midland OAK
D'Arby Myers** OF Midland OAK
Pitchers      
NAME POS TEAM MLB ORG
Matt Andriese RHP San Antonio SD
Jake Buchanan RHP Corpus Christi HOU
Michael Foltynewicz RHP Corpus Christi HOU
David Martinez RHP Corpus Christi HOU
Jeremy McBryde** RHP San Antonio SD
Carlos Pimentel RHP Frisco TEX
Neil Ramirez RHP Frisco TEX
Chris Rearick** LHP San Antonio SD
Murphy Smith RHP Midland OAK
Matt Stites RHP San Antonio SD
Field Staff      
NAME POS TEAM MLB ORG
Steve Buechele Manager Frisco TEX
Jason Hart Coach Frisco TEX
Jeff Andrew Coach Frisco TEX
Carlos Olivas Trainer Frisco TEX
Eric McMahon Strength Coach Frisco TEX

** Frisco's Teodoro Martinez replaced San Antonio's Reymond Fuentes on June 14. San Antonio's Jeremy McBryde replaced teammate Kevin Quackenbush on June 17. San Antonio's Chris Rearick replaced Frisco's Ben Rowen on June 20. Midland's D'Arby Myers replaced Corpus Christi's Domingo Santana on June 22.

John Parker is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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