All-Star Classic Rosters Announced

Eastern Division Roster Features Six Reading Players

June 28, 2012 2:13 PM ET

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(Reading, Pa.)---In conjunction with the Eastern League, the Reading Phillies have announced the Eastern and Western Division rosters for the Baseballtown All-Star Classic, including six Reading Phillies named to the Eastern Division roster. The Baseballtown All-Star Classic will be played at FirstEnergy Stadium on Wednesday, July 11 at 7:05 p.m.

The top stars and prospects from the twelve Eastern League teams will highlight the Baseballtown All-Star Classic. The two-day event pits the Eastern League's Eastern Division (Reading Phillies, Trenton Thunder, New Britain Rock Cats, Binghamton Mets, Portland Sea Dogs, and New Hampshire Fisher Cats) against the Western Division (Akron Aeros, Harrisburg Senators, Bowie Baysox, Erie SeaWolves, Altoona Curve, and Richmond Flying Squirrels) in a nine-inning showcase. 

Members of each team will also be participating in the Baseballtown All-Star Classic Home Run Derby and Autograph Session benefitting the United Way of Berks County one night prior to the game on Tuesday, July 10 at 7:05 p.m. 

The Eastern and Western Division rosters are each comprised of 24 players with at least three players from each team. At least one position player and one pitcher representing each team were selected through online and stadium balloting. Remaining roster spots were then filled through voting by Eastern League media, managers, and officials.

Reading Phillies manager Dusty Wathan and his coaching staff will lead the Eastern Division against the Western Division led by Richmond Flying Squirrels manager Dave Machemer and his coaching staff. 

Darin Ruf, Cesar Hernandez, Justin Friend, Sebastian Valle, Troy Hanzawa, and Julio Rodriguez will represent the Reading Phillies in the two-day event. Ruf and Friend were selected to the team via the Eastern League Fan Balloting.

Three members selected to the Baseballtown All-Star Classic were also selected to the MLB All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, July 8. Those players are Zack Wheeler of Binghamton, Tommy Joseph of Richmond, and Rodriguez of Reading.

Tickets for the Baseballtown All-Star Classic and its events can be purchased online at, by phone at 610-370-BALL, and in person at the R-Phils Ticket Office at FirstEnergy Stadium. 

The Baseballtown-All Star Classic is proudly sponsored by All-Star Distributing, Crowne Plaza Reading, Susquehanna Bank, Betty's Salads, READING AIR, Y102 Rock Hits, Penske, Service Electric, 830 AM WEEU, VF Outlet, Comcast SportsNet, 69 News Berks Edition, The Works Wyomissing, and the Reading Eagle.

Below are the rosters for the Baseballtown All-Star Classic. The United Way of Berks County hitting challenge follow participating hitters in parentheses. Easter Seals, Camp Fire USA Adahi Council, and American Red Cross will be represented by surprise guest hitters.

Eastern Division All-Stars


Pos Player Team United Way Partner Agency
P  Andrew Albers NB
P Sam Dyson* NH*
P Justin Friend* REA
P B.J. Hermsen* NB
P Chris Hernandez* POR
P Brett Marshall* TRE
P Kelvin Perez TRE
P Yohan Pino NH
P Julio Rodriguez REA
P Zack Wheeler* BNG
C Sebastian Valle REA Children's Home of Reading
C Chris Herrmann* NB Literacy Council
OF Abraham Almonte TRE Family Guidance Center
OF Cody Johnson TRE Co-County Wellness/Berks AIDS
OF Bryce Brentz POR Berks Visiting Nurse Assoc.
INF Ryan Goins NH  Jewish Family Service
INF Eric Campbell* BNG American Cancer Society
INF Troy Hanzawa REA BerksTalkline
INF Cesar Hernandez REA Centro Hispano
INF Kevin Mahoney* TRE Opportunity House
INF Jefry Marte BNG Berks Deaf and Hard of Hearing
INF Mike McDade* NH Greater Reading Mental Health
INF Reynaldo Rodriguez POR Arc Alliance
*Eastern League Fan Balloting Selection
Western Division All-Stars


Pos Player Team United Way Partner Agency
P James Avery* ERI
P Brett Bochy RIC
P Zach Clark* BOW
P Brandon Cumpton ALT
P Chris Heston* RIC
P Kyle Landis AKR
P Kevin Pucetas HAR
P  Danny Rosenbaum* HAR
P Pedro Viola BOW
P Steven Wright* AKR
C Ramon Cabrera ALT Girl Scouts
C Tommy Joseph RIC Habitat for Humanity
OF Thomas Neal AKR Olivet's Boys and Girls Club
OF Robbie Widlansky* BOW BCPS/BerksConnections
OF Eury Perez HAR YMCA
OF Chris Rahl* HAR Council on Chemical Abuse
INF Buck Britton BOW Berks Encore
INF Brock Holt* ALT Big Brothers/Big Sisters
INF Chun Chen* AKR Threshold
INF Jeff Kobernus HAR Berks Women in Crisis
INF Jordan Lennerton* ERI Salvation Army
INF Daniel Mayora* RIC Hawk Mtn. Boy Scout Council
INF Niuman Romero ERI Birdsboro Community Center
INF  Jonathan Schoop  BOW Friends Inc. Community Services
*Eastern League Fan Balloting Selection

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

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