Ford, Judge, Lail, Smith Earn SAL All-Star Honors

RiverDogs quartet to play for Southern Division in 2014 All-Star Game on June 17 at Hickory

By Charleston RiverDogs | June 3, 2014 11:48 AM

CHARLESTON, SC - The South Atlantic League has announced the rosters for the 55th Annual SAL All-Star Game, and four Charleston RiverDogs have been tabbed to represent the Southern Division for this year's All-Star Game on June 17 at L.P. Frans Stadium in Hickory, NC.

First baseman Mike Ford and right fielder Aaron Judge were named Southern Division starters while pitchers Brady Lail and Caleb Smith also received All-Star designation.

Ford will be the Southern Division's starting first baseman in the same ballpark that he made RiverDogs history in last month. Ford hit the first four-homer game in Charleston professional baseball history during a 17-10 triumph at the Hickory Crawdads on May 25. The 2013 free agent signee from Princeton has a team-high eight home runs, and he also leads the RiverDogs with an eight-game hit streak and a 15-game on-base streak, both from earlier this season.

Judge, the starting right fielder for the Southern Division, is in the midst of a successful professional debut with the RiverDogs. He has joined Ford with a team-best eight homers and also leads Charleston with a .321 average, 10 doubles, 31 walks, 35 runs batted in, a .416 on-base percentage, and a .515 slugging percentage. Judge, who was the 32nd overall pick in the first round last year out of Fresno State, has also homered in each of his last three games.

Lail co-leads the South Atlantic League with seven wins as he is tabbed to join the Southern Division pitching corps. Most of Lail's victories came in a six-game win streak, the best mark for consecutive winning starts by a RiverDogs pitcher since Charleston became a New York Yankees affiliate in 2005. Lail, who is also fourth in the Sally League with 60 strikeouts, was drafted in 2012 in the 18th round out of Bingham (Utah) High School.

Smith joins Lail on the Southern Division squad after an impressive streak of his own. Smith compiled 23.1 consecutive scoreless innings early this season, placing sixth among the best RiverDogs streaks in the past decade. He also recorded a 13-strikeout performance at Delmarva on April 24, setting the mark for the most single-game strikeouts in Minor League Baseball this year. Smith was drafted in the 14th round of the 2013 Draft from Sam Houston State.

This year's All-Stars were chosen through voting by managers, coaches, local media, front office executives, and fans. The Savannah Sand Gnats led the league with seven player selections in the Southern Division. In the Northern Division, the Greensboro Grasshoppers and the Hagerstown Suns each send six players to Hickory. First pitch of the 55th Annual South Atlantic League All-Star Game is scheduled for 7pm on June 17 at L.P. Frans Stadium in Hickory, NC.

2014 South Atlantic League All-Star Rosters

  NORTHERN DIVISION
MANAGER Patrick Anderson Hagerstown
COACH Corey Ragsdale Hickory
COACH Sam Nerron Hagerstown
COACH Luis Ordaz Hagerstown
     
PITCHERS Hunter Harvey Delmarva
  Cody Forsythe Lakewood
Domingo German Greensboro
  Cody Kendall Hickory
  Matt Milroy Greensboro
  Nick Pivetta Hagerstown
  Jake Sanchez Kannapolis
  Sebastian Vader Delmarva
  Austin Voth Hagerstown
  Jake Walsh Hagerstown
  Jimmy Yacabonis Delmarva
     
CATCHERS Chad Wallach Greensboro
  Spencer Kieboom Hagerstown
  Reese McGuire West Virginia
FIRST BASEMAN Felix Munoz Greensboro
SECOND BASEMAN Wilmer Difo Hagerstown
THIRD BASEMAN Drew Dosch Delmarva
SHORTSTOP J.P. Crawford Lakewood
UTILITY INFIELDER Erich Weiss West Virginia
UTILITY INFIELDER John Wooten Hagerstown
RIGHT FIELD Mike Yastrzemski Delmarva
CENTER FIELD Evan Van Hoosier Hickory
LEFT FIELD Carlos Lopez Greensboro
UTILITY OUTFIELDER Austin Dean Greensboro
UTILITY OUTFIELDER Samuel Hiciano Lakewood
DESIGNATED HITTER Willians Astudillo Lakewood
TRAINER Sean Fields Hickory
     
  SOUTHERN DIVISION
MANAGER Luis Rojas Savannah
COACH Darren Fenster Greenville
COACH Paul Abbott Greenville
     
PITCHERS Matthew Lujan Augusta
  Dario Alvarez Savannah
Robert Coles Savannah
  Miller Diaz Savannah
  Yean Carlos Gil Rome
  Joe Gunkel Greenville
  Brady Lail Charleston
  Kevin McGowan Savannah
  Akeel Morris Savannah
  Caleb Smith Charleston
  Luis Ysla Augusta
     
CATCHERS Jake Romanski Greenville
  Victor Caratini Rome
  Frank Schwindel Lexington
FIRST BASEMAN Mike Ford Charleston
SECOND BASEMAN Jeff McNeil Savannah
THIRD BASEMAN Ryan McMahon Asheville
SHORTSTOP Gavin Cecchini Savannah
UTILITY INFIELDER Jantzen Witte Greenville
UTILITY INFIELDER Carlos Asuaje Greenville
RIGHT FIELD Aaron Judge Charleston
CENTER FIELD David Dahl Asheville
LEFT FIELD Victor Reyes Rome
UTILITY OUTFIELDER Dominique Taylor Lexington
UTILITY OUTFIELDER Tyler Horan Augusta
DESIGNATED HITTER Correlle Prime Asheville
TRAINER Billy Whitehead Asheville

--RIVERDOGS--

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