Salisbury, Md. - The South Atlantic League announced on Monday the participants for the 2010 SAL All-Star Game, which will be contested at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina on June 22. Three Delmarva Shorebirds players have been selected to the Northern Division squad. Right-handed starter Jesse Beal, right fielder Brian Conley and shortstop Garabez Rosa will represent the Shorebirds. Conley will get the starting nod in right field, while Rosa was selected as a utility infielder.
Conley, who will be making his first professional all-star appearance, has led the Shorebirds in batting average the entire season. Through 56 games, Conley is hitting .297 with 13 RBIs. Conley ranks 12th in the league average, second in the loop in on-base percentage (.423) and second in the league in walks (41). The Gaithersburg, Maryland native also paces the 'Birds in hits with 55. The 17th round selection of the Orioles in 2008 had a stellar month of April. He hit .338 with five doubles, a homer and four RBIs.
Rosa, the second youngest everyday position player on the Shorebirds roster, will also be making his first all-star appearance. The Higuey, Dominican Republic native is batting .278 with 20 doubles and 22 runs-batted-in. Rosa leads the Shorebirds in doubles and ranks second on the club in RBIs. The 20-year old had a fine month April, posting a .333 batting average in 20 games.
Beal has been the most consistent Shorebirds starting pitcher. He leads the Shorebirds staff in wins (4), innings pitched (67.1) and ranks third on the staff with 41 strikeouts. Beal posted eight straight quality starts between April 21 and May 30. He became the first Shorebirds pitcher to accomplish that since 2005. The Fairfax Station, Virginia native went 3-0 with a 2.27 ERA in May.
"They are all very deserving of the honor because they have each been very consistent for us on a day in and day out basis," said manager Ryan Minor. "Conley has done been our most consistent offensive player, Rosa has played a great shortstop for us and Beal has been our workhorse on the hill."
Hagerstown, Hickory and Kannapolis led the led the Northern Division with five all-star selections.