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Four Hooks Voted to South All-Star Squad06/13/2011 2:49 PM ET
Corpus Christi Hooks
CORPUS CHRISTI - Outfielder J.D. Martinez, shortstop Wladimir Sutil and southpaw hurlers Xavier Cedeno and Dallas Keuchel have been selected to the Texas League South Division All-Star Team, announced today by league president Tom Kayser.
The North and South All-Stars meet in the 75th Texas League All-Star Game Wednesday, June 29, at San Antonio's Nelson Wolff Municipal Stadium.
Martinez, 23, is Corpus Christi's leader in average (.309), RBIs (36), sacrifice flies (5), on-base percentage (.384), slugging percentage (.451) and OPS (.835). He has managed this despite missing two weeks in May with a leg injury. Picked by Baseball America as the sixth-best prospect in the Astros system entering this season, Martinez opened the year with an 11-game hitting streak and established a franchise-record nine-game RBI streak from April 11 through April 21.
Sutil, 26, joins Martinez on the starting unit as the South's shortstop. In 48 games with the Hooks, Sutil batted .295 with eight doubles, two home runs, 13 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. He opened the season with a 16-game hitting streak (28x67, .418), the longest streak in the league this year. Corpus Christi's offensive and defensive player of the month in April, Sutil was promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City on June 7 and, barring a reassignment to Corpus Christi, will be replaced on the All-Star squad.
Cedeno, 24, leads the circuit in innings pitched (76.1) and is tied for the most starts (13). He ranks second in strikeouts (66) and slots eighth in ERA (3.77). A former Rockies farmhand, Cedeno has worked a minimum of six innings on seven occasions and has six quality starts. He was chosen as Corpus Christi's pitcher of the month in May, when he went 2-1 with a 2.94 ERA, with 30 strikeouts in 33.2 innings over five starts.
Keuchel, 23, stands third in the league in WHIP (1.14) and fourth in ERA (3.16). He tossed the first complete-game shutout by a Hooks pitcher in two years when he blanked the Travelers 4-0 at Arkansas on May 29. Keuchel was selected as the Texas League's Pitcher of the Week for the period April 7-17. He has seven quality starts and has held the opposition to three or fewer runs in nine of his 11 outings.
Sutil has been voted to the South Division All-Star squad three consecutive years.
Balloting was conducted among league managers, broadcasters, selected beat writers and media relations directors.
South Division All-Stars
North Division All-Stars