Five Intimidators make SAL All-Star Game

Pitchers Hansen, Lambert, Morrison join Zavala, Booker in representing Kannapolis at league's mid-summer classic

By Josh Feldman / Kannapolis Intimidators | June 6, 2017 10:30 AM ET

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (June 6, 2017) - The Kannapolis Intimidators are sending five players to the 58th Annual South Atlantic League All-Star Game on Tuesday, June 20, at Spirit Communications Park in Columbia, S.C. Starting pitchers Alec Hansen and Jimmy Lambert join closer Mike Morrison, catcher Seby Zavala, and center fielder Joel Booker as members of the Northern Division team that will face the Southern Division squad in the intra-league exhibition.

Hansen, 22, has continued to pile up strikeouts in his first full season, ranking second in the SAL with 74 strikeouts through his first 11 starts. He finished the month of May with consecutive double-digit strikeout games, including a career-high 15 with no walks over 7.0 innings against Greensboro on May 28. Hansen, the White Sox No. 10 Prospect, is 5-3 with a 2.82 ERA (19 ER/60.2 IP) in 11 games with Kannapolis in 2017. The White Sox selected Hansen in the second round of the June 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of Oklahoma.

Lambert, 22, leads a strong Intimidators pitching staff with a team-high six wins, including a four-start winning streak earlier in the season. He is 6-2 with a 2.63 ERA (18 ER/61.2 IP) and 37 strikeouts compared to just seven walks in 10 games (10 starts) including a complete game in 2017. The Intimidators Opening Night starter not only ranks third in the SAL in innings pitched, he leads all starting pitchers in lowest walks/9 IP ratio at 1.02 (7 BB/61.2 IP). The White Sox selected Lambert in the fifth round of the June 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of Fresno State.

Morrison, 23, has been one of the most dominant relief pitchers in the Minor Leagues in 2017, opening his season with 25.0 consecutive scoreless innings over his first 17 appearances. He has posted a 0.67 ERA (2 ER/27.0 IP) and 36 strikeouts compared to five walks in 18 games for the Intimidators. Morrison, the White Sox 27th round pick in the June 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of Coastal Carolina, ranks second in the SAL in saves and tied for fifth in games for pitchers. Among the league's relievers, he has the lowest batting average (.071) and fewest base runners per 9 IP ratio at 4.33 (13 base runners/27.0 IP).

Booker, 22, has been a consistent table-setter at the top of the Intimidators line up in 2017. The team's centerfielder and leadoff man in batting .313 (63-201) through his first 51 games, seventh best in the SAL, and he ranks second in the league in runs scored (42) and fourth in hits. He has an on-base percentage of .379 while slugging .408 and leading the Intimidators with 12 stolen bases this season. The White Sox selected Booker in the 22nd round of the June 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of Iowa.

Zavala, 23, earns his second straight SAL Mid-Season All-Star selection. While Zavala made his name known around the league for his defense in 2016, this season, he has emerged as one of the league's most dangerous home run threats. He leads Kannapolis and ranks tied for second in the league with 10 home runs and leads the league in best HR/at-bat ratio at 1/14.30. After a slow start to the season at the plate in April, he came on strong in May, batting .311 (23-74) in 21 games that month to bolster his case to make his second straight All-Star Game. The White Sox selected Zavala in the 12th round of the June 2015 First-Year Player Draft out of San Diego State University. He helped lead the Arizona League White Sox to the AZL championship in his professional debut in 2015.

The Intimidators five All-Star selections are tied for third-most in the SAL this season behind Hagerstown and Columbia (each with six). Kannapolis last placed five players on the Northern Division All-Star Team in 2010 when Brandon Kloess, Joseph Serafin, Ian Gac, Daniel Wagner, and Kyle Colligan were selected to the game. 

The 58th Annual South Atlantic League All-Star Game takes place at Spirit Communications Park in Columbia, S.C, home of the SAL's Columbia Fireflies, on Tuesday, June 20, at 7:05 p.m. For ticket and All-Star promotional events, please visit ColumbiaFireflies.com.

About the Intimidators

The Intimidators are currently playing the 23rd season of professional baseball in Kannapolis and 17th season as a Chicago White Sox affiliate. Since the team's inception in 1995, a total of 96 players have gone from Kannapolis to the Major Leagues. The team plays at Intimidators Stadium supported by Carolinas HealthCare System located off I-85, Exit 63 in Kannapolis. Single-game tickets are available by calling the F&M Bank Box Office at (704) 932-3267 or by visiting IntimidatorsBaseball.com.

 NORTHERN DIVISION

TEAM

POSITION

SOUTHERN DIVISION

TEAM

Patrick Anderson

Hagerstown

MANAGER

Jose Leger

Columbia

Sam Narron

Hagerstown

COACH

Wilton Veras

Greenville

Amaury Garcia

Hagerstown

COACH

Jonathan Hurst

Columbia

 

 

COACH

Tanner Miracle

Columbia

 

 

 

 

 

Nick Fanti

Lakewood

PITCHERS

Jordan Humphreys

Columbia

Trevor Bettencourt

Lakewood

 

Logan Boyd

Greenville

ALEC HANSEN

KANNAPOLIS

 

Merandy Gonzalez

Columbia

JIMMY LAMBERT

KANNAPOLIS

 

J.D. Hammer

Asheville

McKenzie Mills

Hagerstown

 

Brian Keller

Charleston

MIKE MORRISON

KANNAPOLIS

 

Max Kuhns

Columbia

JoJo Romero

Lakewood

 

Domenic Mazza

Augusta

Ranger Suarez

Lakewood

 

Stephen Nogosek

Greenville

Cam Vieaux

West Virginia

 

Alejandro Requena

Asheville

Tyler Watson

Hagerstown

 

Jace Vines

Lexington

Alex Wells

Delmarva

 

Bryce Wilson

Rome

 

 

 

 

 

SEBY ZAVALA

KANNAPOLIS

CATCHERS

Brett Cumberland

Rome

Edgar Cabral

Lakewood

 

Roldani Baldwin

Greenville

Ricky Valencia

Hickory

 

Donny Sands

Charleston

Aldrem Corredor

Hagerstown

FIRST BASEMAN

Dash Winningham

Columbia

Trae Albert

West Virginia

SECOND BASEMAN

Michael Paez

Columbia

James Nelson

Greensboro

THIRD BASEMAN

Colton Welker

Asheville

Carter Kieboom

Hagerstown

SHORTSTOP

Jose Gomez

Asheville

Chris Clare

Delmarva

UTILITY INFIELDER

Kelvin Beltre

Augusta

Sheldon Neuse

Hagerstown

UTILITY INFIELDER

Hoy Jun Park

Charleston

Daniel Johnson

Hagerstown

RIGHT FIELD

Randy Ventura

Rome

Jake Ring

Delmarva

CENTER FIELD

Cristian Pache

Rome

Ty Moore

West Virginia

LEFT FIELD

Kort Peterson

Lexington

JOEL BOOKER

KANNAPOLIS

UTILITY OUTFIELDER

Vince Fernandez

Asheville

Yanio Perez

Hickory

UTILITY OUTFIELDER

Blake Rutherford

Charleston

Boo Vazquez

Greensboro

DESIGNATED HITTER

Max George

Asheville

Takayuki Sakurai

Lakewood

TRAINER

Kiyoshi Tada

Columbia

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