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2013 All-Star Game Rosters Announced
06/26/2013 12:22 PM ET
 

New Britain, CT - The New Britain Rock Cats, in conjunction with the Eastern League of Professional Baseball, today announced the rosters for the 2013 Eastern League All-Star Game presented by Dunkin' Donuts that will be played on Wednesday, July 10, at 7:00 PM at New Britain Stadium. This is the third time New Britain has hosted the historic circuit's Mid-Summer Classic, with prior starry events having been staged here in 1987 and 2003, respectively.

With today's naming of the Game's 48 player participants, it is abundantly clear that the 2013 Eastern League All-Star Game presented by Dunkin' Donuts will feature some of the brightest prospects in all of Minor League Baseball. Included among them are five very talented members of the Rock Cats: RHP A.J. Achter, RHP Trevor May, OF Daniel Ortiz, C Josmil Pinto and INF Danny Santana.

The 12-team League's annual All-Star Game pits the best of the Eastern Division (Binghamton, New Hampshire, Portland, Reading, Trenton and New Britain) and Western Division (Akron, Altoona, Bowie, Erie, Harrisburg and Richmond) against each other. Each roster has 24 players comprised of 10 Pitchers and 14 Position players. Moreover, each All-Star roster contains a minimum of three players from each team, with at least one Pitcher and one Position player selected by fans through on-line and in-stadium voting. The remaining selections were made through All-Star ballots submitted by League managers, coaches, officials and members of each team's local media.

The complete Eastern and Western Division rosters are listed below:

Eastern Division

Position Players
Michael Almanzar (POR)*
Tyler Austin (TRE)*
Albert Cartwright (REA)
Allan Dykstra (BNG)*
Ramon Flores (TRE)
Brad Glenn (NH)
Jim Murphy (REA)*
Kevin Nolan (NH)*
Daniel Ortiz (NB)
Josmil Pinto (NB)*
Cesar Puello (BNG)
Josh Rodriguez (BNG)
Danny Santana (NB)
Christian Vazquez (POR)

Pitchers
A.J. Achter (NB)
Jesse Biddle (REA)
Drake Britton (POR)
Tommy Kahnle (TRE)
Trevor May (NB)
Sean Nolin (NH)*
Anthony Ranaudo (POR)*
Nik Turley (TRE)*
Logan Verrett (BNG)*
Jeff Walters (BNG)

* - Denotes Fan Balloting Selection

Western Division

Position Players
Jesus Aguilar (AKR)*
Jarek Cunningham (ALT)*
Javier Herrera (RIC)
Josh Johnson (HAR)*
Caleb Joseph (BOW)
Ty Kelly (BOW)*
James McCann (ERI)*
Mark Minicozzi (RIC)
Carlos Moncrief (AKR)
Hernan Perez (ERI)
Niuman Romero (BOW)
Steven Souza Jr. (HAR)
Andrew Susac (RIC)*
Henry Urrutia (BOW)

Pitchers
Aaron Barrett (HAR)*
Paul Demny (HAR)
Jose Flores (AKR)*
Jason Gurka (BOW)^
Taylor Jordan (HAR)^
Matt Packer (AKR)
Edwin Quirarte (RIC)
Casey Sadler (ALT)
Warwick Saupold (ERI)*^
Jack Snodgrass (RIC)*
Will Startup (ERI)
Jameson Taillon (ALT)*
Mike Wright (BOW)*

* - Denotes Fan Balloting Selection
^ - Denotes Player Selected, but not participating in Game

With New Britain hosting this year's festivities, Rock Cats' manager Jeff Smith has the honor of leading the Eastern Division squad. He will be assisted in the home dugout by New Britain's Pitching Coach, Stu Cliburn, and Hitting Coach, Chad Allen. The Akron Aeros' Coaching Staff will provide similar guidance to the 2013 Western Division All-Stars.

The July 10th 2013 Eastern League All-Star Game presented by Dunkin' Donuts is the centerpiece of a wide range of related events intended to entertain the baseball-savvy fans and families of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts next month. The extensive festivities kick off on Friday night, July 5th, at Bushnell Park in Downtown Hartford when, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, the Rock Cats have partnered with the City's MECA staff to present an outdoor All-Star Fan Fest that will entertain fans with music, arts and crafts activities, food and drink vendors, fun inflatables, a vintage baseball game, and more. Once the sun sets, everyone at the All-Star Fan Fest is invited to get comfortable on the Bushnell Park grass and enjoy a baseball-themed movie under the stars. All Fan Fest activities are free.

On the eve of the July 10th Game, the League's top sluggers will gather on the New Britain Stadium diamond to compete in the 2013 Home Run Derby presented by the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain. This exciting skills competition will be MC'd - live and on-the-field - by two well-known ESPN personalities - Baseball Analyst Doug Glanville and Sports Anchor Hakem Dermish. The Home Run Derby presented by the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain will start at 6:00 PM and have three teams - six sluggers each from the East and West All-Stars, and then a third six-member squad comprised of local Media, First Responders, and high school/college contestants. Just prior to the Derby slugfest - starting at 4:30 PM - all 48 Eastern League All-Stars will be seated at tables along the stadium's first base/right field line ready for a 2013 All-Star Meet & Greet and Autograph Session Done Fast, Done Right With Mopar Express Lane for fans of all ages. This special opportunity for fans will last one hour, with New Britain Stadium gates opening at 4:00 PM that afternoon; this will be great fun!

Fans wishing to attend either the 2013 Eastern League All-Star Game presented by Dunkin' Donuts - or the 2013 Home Run Derby presented by the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain are urged to act soon as tickets are going fast. Interested fans may secure tickets by visiting the New Britain Stadium Box Office between 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM, Monday thru Friday, or on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Fans may also call the Rock Cats Ticket Office (860) 224-8383 to secure tickets over the telephone. Lastly, fans interested in the convenience of on-line purchasing may procure 2013 All-Star Game or Home Run Derby tickets in that fashion by visiting the Rock Cats website (www.rockcats.com) and following the related instructions.

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