Peoria's Mercado among Midwest All-Stars

Lugnuts' Tellez, Hot Rods' Conrad among sluggers starting in classic

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com | June 4, 2015 6:00 PM

Oscar Mercado's speed on the bases this spring has ensured the shortstop will be in a familiar place on the infield when the rest of the Midwest League's best talents roll into Peoria later this month.

Chiefs fans will get to cheer for the hometown favorite after the Cardinals' No. 25 prospect was voted a starter in this year's Midwest League All-Star Game on Thursday. The 20-year-old, who ranks second in the Midwest League with 22 stolen bases, will highlight the Western Division All-Stars on June 23 when Peoria hosts the 51st MWL All-Star Classic at Dozer Park.

Peoria pitchers Daniel Poncedeleon, Austin Gomber and Luis Perdomo will also join Mercado on the roster along with manager Joe Kruzel and the Chiefs' entire field staff. The All-Stars were nominated and selected by league field managers earlier this season.

Other notable All-Stars in this year's game include West Michigan outfielder Michaell Gerber, a Tigers prospect who leads the league in hitting with a .369 average, and Bowling Green's Jace Conrad, who was voted the starting second baseman after leading the league with nine home runs. Both will start for the Eastern Division All-Stars alongside first baseman Rowdy Tellez, who leads the league with 41 RBIs with Lansing.

The Western squad will feature Cedar Rapids' first baseman Trey Vavra, who ranks second in the league with a .346 average, and Beloit designated hitter Sandber Pimentel, who is tied with Conrad for the league lead in homers.

The full rosters and coaching staffs are below:

2015 MIDWEST LEAGUE EASTERN DIVISION ALL-STARS
NAME POS TEAM MLB ORG
Cael Brockmeyer C South Bend CHC
Rowdy Tellez 1B Lansing TOR
Jace Conrad 2B Bowling Green TB
Zach Shepherd 3B West Michigan DET
Gleyber Torres SS South Bend CHC
Anthony Alford OF Lansing TOR
Charcer Burks OF South Bend CHC
Michael Gerber OF West Michigan DET
Ryan McBroom DH Lansing TOR
RESERVES      
NAME POS TEAM MLB ORG
Nick Ciuffo C Bowling Green TB
Casey Gillaspie INF Bowling Green TB
Michael Ahmed INF Great Lakes LAD
Claudio Bautista INF Lake County CLE
Grant Kay INF Bowling Green TB
Coty Blanchard INF Bowling Green TB
Nick Torres OF Fort Wayne SD
PITCHERS      
NAME POS TEAM MLB ORG
Brent Honeywell P Bowling Green TB
Hunter Wood P Bowling Green TB
Chris Pike P Bowling Green TB
Brian Hunter P Dayton CIN
Tejay Antone P Dayton CIN
Tyler Mahle P Dayton CIN
Thomas Dorminy P Fort Wayne SD
J.D. Underwood P Great Lakes LAD
Grant Holmes P Great Lakes LAD
Justus Sheffield P Lake County CLE
Shane Dawson P Lansing TOR
James Farris P South Bend CHC
Jeremy Null P South Bend CHC
Joe Jimenez P West Michigan DET
Spencer Turnbull P West Michigan DET
FIELD STAFF      
NAME POS TEAM MLB ORG
Shaun Larkin Manager Lake County CLE
Steve Karsay Pitching Coach Lake County CLE
Larry Day Hitting Coach Lake County CLE
Matthew Beauregard Trainer Lake County CLE

2015 MIDWEST LEAGUE WESTERN DIVISION ALL-STARS
STARTERS      
NAME POS TEAM MLB ORG
Jacob Nottingham C Quad Cities HOU
Trey Vavra 1B Cedar Rapids MIN
Mott Hyde 2B Quad Cities HOU
Nick Tanielu 3B Quad Cities HOU
Oscar Mercado SS Peoria STL
Caleb Adams OF Burlington LAA
Estarlyn Morales OF Clinton SEA
Colin Bray OF Kane County ARI
Sandber Pimentel DH Beloit OAK
RESERVES      
NAME POS TEAM MLB ORG
Carlos Leal C Wisconsin MIL
Marty Herum INF Kane County ARI
Andrew Daniel INF Burlington LAA
Cody Regis INF Kane County ARI
Yairo Munoz INF Beloit OAK
Jake Yacinich INF Burlington LAA
Natanael Delgado OF Burlington LAA
PITCHERS      
NAME POS TEAM MLB ORG
Brett Graves P Beloit OAK
Jeremy Rhoades P Burlington LAA
Jared Wilson P Cedar Rapids MIN
Cam Booser P Cedar Rapids MIN
Felix Jorge P Cedar Rapids MIN
Trevor Hildenberger P Cedar Rapids MIN
Lukas Schiraldi P Clinton SEA
Cody Geyer P Kane County ARI
Ethan Elias P Kane County ARI
Markus Solbach P Kane County ARI
Daniel Poncedeleon P Peoria STL
Austin Gomber P Peoria STL
Luis Perdomo P Peoria STL
Austin Chrismon P Quad Cities HOU
Cy Sneed P Wisconsin MIL
FIELD STAFF      
NAME POS TEAM MLB ORG
Joe Kruzel Manager Peoria STL
Dernier Orozco Pitching Coach Peoria STL
Jobel Jimenez Hitting Coach Peoria STL
Brian Pruitt Coach Peoria STL
Brent Neuharth Trainer Peoria STL
Kevin Schmalzried Strength Coach Peoria STL

Danny Wild is an editor for MiLB.com. Follow his MLBlog column, Minoring in Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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