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2014 International League All-Star Team Announced
Four Durham Bulls Named To Represent League In Front Of Hometown Crowd At The DBAP
07/02/2014 9:19 AM ET

The International League has announced the members of its 2014 All-Star Team. The squad of 30 IL standouts will take on the Pacific Coast League's best in the 2014 Cree Triple-A All-Star Game on July 16 in Durham, North Carolina. The matchup will be broadcast live from Durham Bulls Athletic Park on MLB Network, the American Forces Network, and the Triple-A All-Star Game Radio Network beginning at 7:00 p.m. Eastern.

The 2014 International League All-Star squad is made up of 13 elected players who have received the most votes from ballots submitted by club's field managers and general managers (1/3), members of the media (1/3), and online fan voting (1/3). The elected players are joined by 17 additional All-Stars selected by the International League office. Each of the IL's fourteen clubs will be represented in Durham.

The League's three first place teams lead the way this season with four All-Star representatives apiece. Manager Charlie Montoyo will have four of his Bulls players join in him in front of the hometown fans in Durham. Outfielder Mikie Mahtook and designated hitter Wilson Betemit were elected to the team along with selected starting pitchers Merrill Kelly and Mike Montgomery. The League's winningest team, Syracuse, boasts three elected All-Stars with catcher Jhonatan Solano, outfielder Steven Souza, and starting pitcher Taylor Hill joined by selected starter Aaron Laffey. There were no elected Indianapolis Indians on this year's squad, but the IL West leaders will send four selected All-Stars to Durham: starting pitcher Casey Sadler, reliever Andy Oliver, outfielder Chris Dickerson, and designated hitter Matt Hague.

The only other team with three elected All-Stars is Buffalo, who will be sending the League's home run leader Dan Johnson to Durham along with a pair of pitchers, starter Liam Hendriks and reliever Bobby Korecky. The International League's new all-time Home Run King, third baseman Mike Hessman, was one of two Toledo Mud Hens elected to the All-Star Team along with outfielder Ezequiel Carrera. Hessman will be appearing in his fourth Triple-A All-Star Game (2006-07 with Toledo, 2012 with Oklahoma City), tying a record held by Lee Stevens, Joe Thurston, and Todd Williams. Hague (2011), Johnson (2010, 2012), and Korecky (2007) are each also all making a return trip to the Triple-A All-Star Game.

Rounding out the group of elected All-Stars are shortstop Tyler Saladino of Charlotte, relief pitcher A.J. Achter of Rochester, and second baseman Jose Pirela of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, who was recently named the League's Player of the Month for June.

Following last year's 4-3 victory in the Triple-A All-Star Game, the IL owns a 9-7 advantage in the sixteen years since the event changed to the current IL vs. PCL format. The winning League this season will once again earn the right to have its champion play as the "home team" at the Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game.

Tickets for the 2014 Cree Triple-A All-Star Game on July 16, the Triple-A Home Run Derby on July 14, and all regular season Durham Bulls home games are available HERE at durhambulls.com, by phone at 919.956.BULL, or at the DBAP box office.

PLAYERS ELECTED TO INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE ALL-STAR TEAM

Position

Name

Team

MLB Affiliate

C

JHONATAN SOLANO

Syracuse Chiefs

Washington Nationals

2B

JOSE PIRELA

Scranton/WB RailRiders

New York Yankees

OF

EZEQUIEL CARRERA

Toledo Mud Hens

Detroit Tigers

OF

MIKIE MAHTOOK

Durham Bulls

Tampa Bay Rays

OF

STEVEN SOUZA

Syracuse Chiefs

Washington Nationals

DH

WILSON BETEMIT

Durham Bulls

Tampa Bay Rays

SP

LIAM HENDRIKS

Buffalo Bisons

Toronto Blue Jays

RP

A.J. ACHTER

Rochester Red Wings

Minnesota Twins

RP

BOBBY KORECKY

Buffalo Bisons

Toronto Blue Jays

 

PLAYERS SELECTED TO INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE ALL-STAR TEAM

Position

Name

Team

MLB Affiliate

C

JOSH PHEGLEY

Charlotte Knights

Chicago White Sox

INF

JESUS AGUILAR

Columbus Clippers

Cleveland Indians

INF

IVAN DE JESUS

Norfolk Tides

Baltimore Orioles

INF

PHIL GOSSELIN

Gwinnett Braves

Atlanta Braves

INF

RUBEN GOTAY

Louisville Bats

Cincinnati Reds

INF

MATT HAGUE

Indianapolis Indians

Pittsburgh Pirates

OF

FELIX PEREZ

Louisville Bats

Cincinnati Reds

P

LUIS GARCIA

Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Philadelphia Phillies

P

JUAN JAIME

Gwinnett Braves

Atlanta Braves

P

MERRILL KELLY

Durham Bulls

Tampa Bay Rays

P

AARON LAFFEY

Syracuse Chiefs

Washington Nationals

P

TOMMY LAYNE

Pawtucket Red Sox

Boston Red Sox

P

MIKE MONTGOMERY

Durham Bulls

Tampa Bay Rays

P

ANDY OLIVER

Indianapolis Indians

Pittsburgh Pirates

P

CASEY SADLER

Indianapolis Indians

Pittsburgh Pirates

 

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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