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Tulsa pitching trio heads Texas All-Stars
North, South Division squads filled with high-performance prospects
06/09/2014 5:00 PM ET
Daniel Winkler, Eddie Butler and Jon Gray occupy three of the top seven spots in the Texas League for WHIP.

The Tulsa pitching staff leads the Texas League in ERA, shutouts, WHIP and, of course, wins, and it has three big names to thank for that. Now, they will be rewarded further for their efforts.

The Tulsa pitching trio of Eddie Butler, Jon Gray and Daniel Winkler were three of the biggest names on the Texas League All-Star Game rosters announced Monday for the midsummer exhibition to take place June 24 in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

Gray and Butler are the Rockies' top two prospects, respectively, and have pitched as such in their first seasons together on the same staff. Gray, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 Draft, is 6-3 with a 3.97 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 49 strikeouts in 59 innings withe Drillers. Butler was 4-4 with a 2.49 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 68 2/3 innings before he got called up to make his Major League debut against the Dodgers last Friday. The Rockies added Butler to the 15-day disabled list with right rotator cuff inflammation Monday.

While those two have turned their share of heads in Double-A ball, the one with the more impressive numbers has been Winkler, who leads the circuit with a 1.41 ERA, 0.71 WHIP and 71 strikeouts. The 24-year-old right-hander and 2013 Minor League strikeout king is coming off an abbreviated start after concerns with his right elbow led to an early exit.

Gray, Butler and Winkler were joined by reliever Scott Oberg (15 saves, 2.84 ERA) and catcher Dustin Garneau (.264/.362/.382 in 33 games) on the North Division roster. Springfield outfielder and Cardinals No. 6 prospect James Ramsey, who leads the league with a .976 OPS, is the most notable slugger on that side.

Representing the South Division behind the plate will be Padres top prospect Austin Hedges. The San Antonio backstop has been solid with the bat, putting up a .254/.303/.401 slash line with five homers, 14 doubles and 24 RBIs but has continued to build on a very strong defensive profile. The 21-year-old has thrown out 40.3 percent (27 of 67) of attempted basestealers this season.

The Frisco RoughRiders, who have the best record in the Texas League at 36-25, placed a league-high nine players on the South Division squad. Among them is Rangers No. 2 prospect Rougned Odor, who received a reserve infielder spot despite having not played in the Texas League since May 6. He owned a .279/.314/.450 line with six homers and six steals in 32 games before getting called up to the Majors.

Here are the rest of the Texas League All-Stars as announced Monday:

2014 TEXAS LEAGUE NORTH DIVISION ALL-STARS
STARTERS      
NAME POS TEAM MLB ORG
Brian Hernandez 1B Arkansas ANA
Alex Yarbrough 2B Arkansas ANA
Cheslor Cuthbert 3B Northwest Arkansas KC
Cristhian Adames SS Tulsa COL
Cody Stanley C Springfield STL
Harold Riggins DH Tulsa COL
Brian Humphries OF Tulsa COL
Adam Melker OF Arkansas ANA
James Ramsey OF Springfield STL
RESERVES      
NAME POS TEAM MLB ORG
Dustin Garneau C Tulsa COL
Orlando Calixte INF Northwest Arkansas KC
Taylor Featherston INF Tulsa COL
Jonathan Rodriguez INF Springfield STL
Whit Merrifield OF Northwest Arkansas KC
PITCHERS      
NAME POS TEAM MLB ORG
Orangel Arenas RHP Arkansas ANA
Cam Bedrosian RHP Arkansas ANA
Eddie Butler RHP Tulsa COL
David Carpenter RHP Arkansas ANA
Joey Donofrio RHP Springfield STL
Jon Gray RHP Tulsa COL
Kyle Hald LHP Springfield STL
Scott Oberg RHP Tulsa COL
Michael Roth LHP Arkansas ANA
Andrew Triggs RHP Northwest Arkansas KC
Daniel Winkler RHP Tulsa COL
FIELD STAFF      
NAME POS TEAM MLB ORG
Phillip Wellman Manager Arkansas ANA
Tom Tornincasa Coach Arkansas ANA
Pat Rice Coach Arkansas ANA
Greg Spence Trainer Arkansas ANA
Joe Griffin Strength Arkansas ANA

2014 TEXAS LEAGUE SOUTH DIVISION ALL-STARS
STARTERS      
NAME POS TEAM MLB ORG
Max Muncy 1B Midland OAK
Nolan Fontana 2B Corpus Christi HOU
Ryan Rua 3B Frisco TEX
Dusty Coleman SS Midland OAK
Austin Hedges C San Antonio SD
Matt Duffy DH Corpus Christi HOU
Rymer Liriano OF San Antonio SD
Jake Smolinski OF Frisco TEX
Josh Whitaker OF Midland OAK
RESERVES      
NAME POS TEAM MLB ORG
Tomas Telis C Frisco TEX
Anthony Aliotti INF Midland OAK
Rougned Odor INF Frisco TEX
Guilder Rodriguez INF Frisco TEX
Preston Tucker OF Corpus Christi HOU
PITCHERS      
NAME POS TEAM MLB ORG
Alec Asher RHP Frisco TEX
Johnny Barbato RHP San Antonio SD
Edwar Cabrera LHP Frisco TEX
Seth Frankoff RHP Midland OAK
Luke Jackson RHP Frisco TEX
Phil Klein RHP Frisco TEX
Nate Long RHP Midland OAK
James Needy RHP San Antonio SD
Adys Portillo RHP San Antonio SD
Andrew Robinson RHP Corpus Christi HOU
Thomas Shirley LHP Corpus Christi HOU
FIELD STAFF      
NAME POS TEAM MLB ORG
Rich Dauer Manager San Antonio SD
Francisco Morales Coach San Antonio SD
Jimmy Jones Coach San Antonio SD
Daniel Turner Trainer San Antonio SD
Eric Wood Strength San Antonio SD

Sam Dykstra is a contributor to MiLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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