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Texas League All-Star teams named06/13/2011 3:00 PM ET
By Josh Jackson / Special to MLB.com
A look at the rosters for the 2011 Texas League All-Star Game, which is set for June 29 at San Antonio's Wolff Stadium, suggests good news: the game's most highly touted up-and-comers are as well as expected.
Of the preseason picks to be named among MLB.com's Top 50 Prospects in all of baseball, five have been selected as All-Stars just in the Texas League, one of three Double-A circuits and 10 full-season leagues. Several other touted prospects, including former first-round picks, also appear on the rosters. The way they've lived up to the hype so far, these players are destined to make this year's midsummer showcase one to remember.
Angels prospect Mike Trout, who tops the MLB.com list, has been tabbed to start in the outfield for the North Division team. As of Saturday, Trout was second in the circuit with 19 stolen bases and is batting .307, and his Arkansas Travelers were first in the division.
The Travs had nine players named All-Stars, more than any other team in the Texas League. Trevor Reckling and Garrett Richards, considered two of the Angels' finest pitching prospects, are among five Arkansas hurlers on the North Division squad.
Also joining Trout on the North team will be Rockies prospects Wilin Rosario and Christian Friedrich, MLB.com's No. 41 and 50 Top Prospects, respectively. Their Tulsa teammate Juan Nicasio, who currently leads the league with a 2.22 ERA, was picked, too.
The South Division team can count on big things from big names, as well. Casey Kelly (MLB.com's No. 22 pick) is among eight San Antonio players honored with a selection. Entering Saturday's action, Kelly led the loop with 72 1/3 innings pitched and was 10 strikeouts behind league-leader Martin Perez, who'd fanned 65. Perez (No. 23) will join Kelly on the South staff, and it serves him right; he'd put up a 4-0 record and 2.60 ERA through 12 starts. The Rangers prospect will be joined by seven other Frisco players.
Midland's Jermaine Mitchell, who leads the league in runs scored, and Grant Green, who was a first-round pick of Oakland in 2009, should provide an offensive boost for the South Division, with San Antonio's Vincent Belnome (11 homers) and Sawyer Carroll (.554 slugging percentage) lending pop.
Missions fans can expect plenty of familiar faces at the All-Star Game. In addition to the eight San Antonio players, the San Antonio field staff, helmed by Doug Dascenzo, will guide the South Division team. Northwest Arkansas' Brian Poldberg and his staff are in charge of the North Division squad.
* On June 15, the Texas League announced that Arkansas second baseman Ryan Mount will not play in the Texas League All-Star Game due to injury. His place in the starting lineup will be filled by Northwest Arkansas' Anthony Seratelli, previously the starting DH. Tulsa infielder Ben Paulsen replaces Seratelli as the starting DH. Northwest Arkansas infielder Jeff Bianchi takes Mount's place on the North Division roster. In the South Division, Wladimir Sutil will not play in the game due to promotion. Midland shortstop Grant Green will replace Sutil in the starting lineup. Frisco infielder Jose Ruiz replaces Sutil on the roster.