Carolina League pitchers have faced enough of Joey Gallo this season. They'll be happy to see their California League counterparts give it a shot in two weeks.
The Rangers' No. 4 prospect will lead the Carolina League All-Stars on June 17 in the 2014 California/Carolina League All-Star Game at Wilmington's Frawley Stadium.
Gallo has been without a doubt the best slugger the Minors has seen through the first half of this season. His 21 homers in 55 games are tops among all levels as are his .753 slugging percentage and 1.219 OPS. He ranks second in the Carolina League with a .320 average and leads the circuit with 50 walks and a .466 on-base percentage. MLB.com has ranked Gallo as the No. 78 overall prospect in the game and No. 8 among third basemen.
The left-handed slugger will be joined by seven Myrtle Beach teammates on the Carolina League roster -- the Pelicans posted a league-best 38-18 record as of Wednesday. Right-hander Alex Gonzalez (5-2, 2.49 ERA) and Andrew Faulkner (4-0, 2.28 ERA) and left-handed reliever Alex Claudio (1.19 ERA, 13 appearances) will represent the pitching staff. Catcher and Rangers top prospect Jorge Alfaro (.272 average, five homers, 30 RBIs), outfielders Nick Williams (.305 average, five homers, 16 doubles) and Royce Bolinger (.308 average) and first baseman Preston Beck (.257 average, .359 OBP) will also be in Wilmington.
With his 10 homers this season, White Sox No. 5 prospect Courtney Hawkins should provide plenty of additional pop to the Carolina League offense. Royals No. 11 prospect Christian Binford, who leads the league with 67 strikeouts, will represent the hometown team.
Here is the rest of the Carolina League All-Star team:
2014 CAROLINA LEAGUE ALL-STARS
|Jorge Alfaro||C||Myrtle Beach||TEX|
|Preston Beck||INF||Myrtle Beach||TEX|
|Joey Gallo*||INF||Myrtle Beach||TEX|
|Royce Bolinger*||OF||Myrtle Beach||TEX|
|Chris Garia||OF||Myrtle Beach||TEX|
|Nick Williams*||OF||Myrtle Beach||TEX|
|Alex Claudio||LHP||Myrtle Beach||TEX|
|Andrew Faulkner||LHP||Myrtle Beach||TEX|
|Alex Gonzalez*||RHP||Myrtle Beach||TEX|
|Steve Luebber||Pitching Coach||Wilmington||KC|