There have been more than a few big-name prospects in the Florida State League this season, and many of them will take the field together June 14 at Bradenton's McKechnie Field in the Class A Advanced circuit's All-Star Game.
Bradenton outfielder Josh Bell, who checks in as MLB.com's No. 62 overall prospect, might be the most prominent name to take his home field a week from Saturday. The 21-year-old switch-hitter owns a .308/.354/.466 slash line with five homers and 34 RBIs in 53 games with the Pirates. He'll be joined in the South Division outfield by Mets No. 4 prospect and 2011 first-rounder Brandon Nimmo, who is enjoying a bit of a breakout season in St. Lucie with a .325/.449/.460 line for St. Lucie.
MLB.com's No. 77 prospect and Fort Myers right-hander Jose Berrios (5-2, 2.24 ERA) leads the South Division pitching staff that also includes Bradenton left-hander Orlando Castro, who tops the circuit with a 0.92 WHIP through 11 appearances.
On the North Division squad, Blue Jays affiliate Dunedin placed a league-high seven players on the roster. The most notable is without a doubt No. 4 Toronto prospect and MLB.com's No. 99 overall prospect Daniel Norris. The 21-year-old left-hander leads the FSL with a 1.12 ERA through 11 starts (56 1/3 innings) to go with 66 strikeouts and a 1.05 WHIP in that time. He trails only right-handed teammate and fellow All-Star Taylor Cole (82) in punchouts.
Catcher Derrick Chung, infielder K.C. Hobson, outfielder Dalton Pompey and outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. form the rest of the Jays contingent. Right-handed reliever Arik Sikula, who still leads the league with 15 saves, was officially named to the squad but will not play after being promoted to Double-A New Hampshire last week.
Here is the complete list of the 2014 Florida State League All-Star teams:
FSL NORTH DIVISION ALL-STAR TEAM
|Cameron Garfield||C||Brevard County||MIL|
|Dante Bichette Jr.||INF||Tampa||NYY|
|Dwight Smith Jr.||OF||Dunedin||TOR|
|Damien Magnifico*||RHP||Brevard County||MIL|
|Tyler Wagner*||RHP||Brevard County||MIL|
|Ron Villone||Pitching Coach||Daytona||CHC|
|Mariano Duncan||Hitting Coach||Daytona||CHC|
|Jason Morriss||Strength Coach||Daytona||CHC|
FSL SOUTH DIVISION ALL-STAR TEAM
|Cam Maron||C||St. Lucie||NYM|
|Breyvic Valera||INF||Palm Beach||STL|
|T.J. Rivera||INF||St. Lucie||NYM|
|Dilson Herrera||INF||St. Lucie||NYM|
|Brandon Nimmo||OF||St. Lucie||NYM|
|Charlie Tilson||OF||Palm Beach||STL|
|Adam Brett Walker||DH||Fort Myers||MIN|
|Jose Berrios||RHP||Fort Myers||MIN|
|Randy Fontanez||RHP||St. Lucie||NYM|
|Kyle Helisek*||LHP||Palm Beach||STL|
|Matt Koch||RHP||St. Lucie||NYM|
|Steven Matz||LHP||St. Lucie||NYM|
|Steve "Doc" Watson||Pitching Coach||Charlotte||TB|
|Joe Szekely||Hitting Coach||Charlotte||TB|
|Justin Weiss||Charlotte||Strength Coach||TB|
* The following players were first team selections, but are unavailable due to promotion to the next level, injury, or pitch-count factors: RHP Arik Sikula and LHP Daniel Norris (Dunedin), LHP David Hurlbut and LHP Brett Lee (Fort Myers), LHP Jed Bradley and RHP Tanner Poppe (Brevard County), RHP Joseph O'Gara and C Austin Barnes (Jupiter), C Casey Rasmus and OF Starlin Rodriguez (Palm Beach) and INF Eric Jagielo (Tampa). Replacements have an asterisk by their names above.