2014 Eastern League All-Star Rosters Announced

By Mike Passanisi / Altoona Curve | July 7, 2014 1:00 PM ET

ALTOONA, Pa. - The Altoona Curve, in conjunction with the Eastern League of Professional Baseball, are pleased to announce the rosters for the 2014 Eastern League All-Star Stop presented by UPMC Health Plan, which will take place July 15-16 in Altoona, Pa. The Eastern Division and Western Division All-Stars will first square off in the Ghostman Games & Hitting Challenge on July 15 before the All-Star Clash to wrap up the two-days of festivities on July 16 at 7 p.m.

Both the Eastern Division and Western Division will have 24 players in the annual Eastern League mid-summer classic with the Western Division serving as the home team since the game is being hosted in Altoona. Between the two rosters, there are a combined four former first-round picks, six of the Top-100 prospects according to Baseball America entering 2014, six of the MLB.com Top-100 prospects entering 2014 and eight players that have been selected to participate in the 2014 SiriusXM Futures Game in Minnesota on July 13.

Headlining the Western Division roster is Akron's shortstop and the No. 1 overall prospect in the Indians' system according to Baseball America in Francisco Lindor. Lindor, 20, had a brief stint with Akron at the end of 2013 before beginning this season back in the Rubber City. He'll be joined on the roster by teammates Shawn Armstrong and Joe Colon.

Also making a splash on the Western Division roster will be a few of the league's best home run hitters in Christian Walker (Bowie) Michael A. Taylor (Harrisburg) and Steven Moya (Erie). Walker, a fourth-round pick in 2012, Taylor, a sixth-round selection in 2009, and Moya, a non-drafted free agent signed in 2008, are all among the top three in the league in home runs.

For the home squad, Curve fans will get to see six members of the team partake in this year's All-Star Stop with RHP Adrian Sampson leading the way. Sampson, who has been among the league-leaders in ERA all season, will be joined on the team by reliever Ryan Beckman, catcher Elias Diaz, outfielder Willy Garcia (No. 14 BA), shortstop Alen Hanson (No. 6 BA) and IF/OF Drew Maggi. It's the first career All-Star nod for Beckman, Diaz, Garcia, Maggi and Sampson while it's the third in the career of Hanson, who was selected to the mid-season All-Star team in 2012 (South Atlantic League) and 2013 (Florida State League).

"As a franchise we're honored to host the 2014 Eastern League All-Star Stop," said Curve GM Rob Egan. "To have many of the best players in the world in our ballpark and community is a rare treat. We look forward to a great two-day event that fans will enjoy and remember for a long time to come."

From the Eastern Division, fans will get a look at some of the top talents in the league from the circuit's best team, the Portland Sea Dogs, with LHP Henry Owens, C Blake Swihart, LHP Brian Johnson, IF Sean Coyle and IF/OF Derrik Gibson all named to the team. Owens entered the campaign as the second-best prospect in the Red Sox' system according to Baseball America and currently leads all of MiLB in wins with 12 (which is also tied with Masahiro Tanaka for the lead in all of pro baseball). He leads the Eastern League in ERA (2.21), complete games (three), strikeouts (111) and WHIP (1.03).

Joining the Red Sox farmhands on the team will be Yankees prospect catcher Gary Sanchez, who has spent the entire season with Double-A Trenton. Sanchez entered the 2014 season as the top prospect in the Yankees' system according to Baseball America. He will be joined by teammates Ben Gamel, Peter O'Brien, who ranks among the leaders in the Minor Leagues in home runs with 25 (third in all of MiLB) at the time of release, and LHP Matt Tracy.

Of the 48 total players, eight of them will be taking part in the Futures game as mentioned above. Those eight players are: Dariel Alvarez, Coyle, Lindor, Moya, O'Brien, Owens, Taylor and Kennys Vargas.

Curve manager Carlos Garcia and his staff will manage the Western Division squad in the game while Trenton Thunder skipper Tony Franklin and his staff will manage the Eastern Division squad after representing the Eastern Division in last year's Eastern League Championship (which they won). Players participating in the Home Run Derby portion of the Ghostman Games & Hitting Challenge will be announced closer to the event itself.

A full listing of both Eastern and Western Division All-Stars is below. The teams were comprised in a vote of the league's managers, media members and fans. Players who were selected by the fan vote are denoted with a ^.

Brian Johnson, Portland
Hoby Milner^, Reading
Henry Owens^, Portland
Taylor Rogers^, New Britain
Matt Tracy^, Trenton
Dustin Antolin, New Hampshire
Randy Boone^, New Hampshire
Cole Johnson, New Britain
Cody Satterwhite^, Binghamton
Jon Velasquez, Binghamton

Gary Sanchez, Trenton
Blake Swihart^, Portland

Carlos Alonso, Reading
Jon Berti^, New Hampshire
Brian Burgamy, Binghamton
Albert Cartwright^, Reading
Sean Coyle, Portland
Peter O'Brien^, Trenton
Tony Thomas, New Britain
Kennys Vargas^, New Britain

Ben Gamel, Trenton
Derrik Gibson, Portland
Kyle Johnson^, Binghamton
Reynaldo Rodriguez, New Britain

Tim Berry, Bowie
Ty Blach^, Richmond
Jack Snodgrass, Richmond
Shawn Armstrong, Akron
Ryan Beckman, Altoona
Joe Colon^, Akron
Oliver Drake^, Bowie
Neil Holland, Harrisburg
Adrian Sampson^, Altoona
Jose Valdez^, Erie

Ramon Cabrera, Erie
Elias Diaz, Altoona

Matt Duffy^, Richmond
Cutter Dykstra, Harrisburg
Alen Hanson^, Altoona
Corey Jones^, Erie
Francisco Lindor^, Akron
Mario Lisson, Richmond
Drew Maggi, Altoona
Christian Walker^, Bowie

Dariel Alvarez, Bowie
Willy Garcia, Altoona
Steven Moya, Erie
Michael A. Taylor^, Harrisburg

Ticket packages for both days of the Eastern League All-Star Stop presented by UPMC Health Plan are available now by calling 877.99.CURVE, visiting AltoonaCurve.com or stopping by the box office windows at Peoples Natural Gas Field. The All-Star Clash will be broadcast live on WTAJ-TV locally in the Altoona-Johnstown market, via the web on MiLB.tv, over the airwaves in the Altoona area on ESPN Radio 1430 WVAM and online via the TuneIn Radio App.

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

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