All-Star Game boasts Big Apple bushel

Yanks, Cyclones sending 13 to New York-Penn League bash

Brooklyn All-Star Darrell Ceciliani leads the league with a .387 average. (Kevin Pataky/

By Josh Jackson / Special to | August 7, 2010 3:51 PM

Staten Island Yankees fans will see plenty of their favorite players as well as some of their least favorite players at the New York-Penn League All-Star Game.

The rosters for the midsummer classic have been released and the Yankees will have six representatives on the American League affiliates squad for the Aug. 17 showdown at Richmond County Bank Ballpark. Only the rival Brooklyn Cyclones, with eight, boast more All-Stars.

Pitchers Michael O'Brien, Preston Claiborne and Chase Whitley account for 60 percent of the Staten Island selections. Shortstop Jose Mojica and outfielder Eduardo Sosa are the Yankees' other representatives.

Darrell Ceciliani, who leads the league in hits (74), batting average (.387) and runs scored (44), combines with RBI leader Cory Vaughn to headline the group from Brooklyn.

Marcell Ozuna, who's tied with Vaughn for the league lead with 12 homers, is one of two Jamestown Jammers named to the National League affiliates team. Jose Garcia and Felix Sanchez are the representative of the Lowell Spinners, and the Tri-City ValleyCats are sending second baseman Ben Orloff and third baseman Tyler Burnett.

Hudson Valley Renegades shortstop Derek Dietrich was selected to the AL squad, but he'll likely miss the game due to an injury.

Williamsport Crosscutters right-hander Eric Pettis is 6-0 with a league-best 1.30 ERA. He and Brooklyn's Angel Cuan, who's 5-0 with a 1.66 ERA a league-leading 48 strikeouts, make for an intimidating N.L. pitching tandem.

The A.L. affiliates can counter with Casey Lawrence and Andrew Hutchison of the Auburn Doubledays, who lead the circuit with 404 strikeouts.

Brooklyn's first-year skipper, Wally Backman, will manage the N.L. team and will be opposed by Staten Island's Josh Paul.

2010 New York-Penn League All-Star Teams
N.L. Affiliates All-Star Team
A.L. Affiliates All-Star Team
Eric Pettis RHP Williamsport Casey Lawrence RHP Auburn
Angel Cuan LHP Brooklyn Michael O'Brien RHP Staten Island
Yohan Almonte RHP Brooklyn Alex Kaminsky RHP Mahoning Valley
Justin Edwards LHP Batavia Owen Dew RHP Mahoning Valley
Chase Johnson RHP Williamsport Andrew Hutchison RHP Auburn
Jordan Conley RHP Jamestown Tim Adleman RHP Aberdeen
Ryan Fraser RHP Brooklyn Preston Claiborne RHP Staten Island
Chase Reid RHP Batavia Wilmer Almonte RHP Hudson Valley
Neil Holland RHP Vermont Chase Whitley RHP Staten Island
Jhonathan Ramos LHP State College Austin Hubbard RHP Hudson Valley
Position Players
David Freitas C Vermont Carlos Perez C Auburn
Jeff Lanning* C Williamsport Julio Rodriguez C Connecticut
Matthew Curry 1B State College Philip Wunderlich 1B Hudson Valley
Jeff Flagg 1B Brooklyn James Robbins 1B Connecticut
Cesar Hernandez 2B Williamsport Robby Price 2B Hudson Valley
Ben Orloff 2B Tri-Cities Daniel DeGeorge 2B Mahoning Valley
Joe Bonfe 3B Brooklyn Adam Gaylord 3B Aberdeen
Tyler Burnett 3B Tri-Cities Matt Perry 3B Connecticut
Blake Kelso SS Vermont Jose Mojica SS Staten Island
Yunier Castillo* SS Batavia Jose Garcia* SS Lowell
Adalberto Santos OF State College Kipp Schutz OF Aberdeen
Miguel Alvarez OF Williamsport PJ Polk OF Connecticut
Darrell Ceciliani OF Brooklyn Felix Sanchez OF Lowell
Nicholas Longmire OF Batavia Eduardo Sosa OF Staten Island
Marcel Ozuna OF Jamestown Yeico Aponte OF Auburn
Cory Vaughn OF Brooklyn Trent Mummey OF Aberdeen
Joseph Bergman DH Batavia Ryan Enos DH Connecticut

The Brooklyn Cyclones coaching staff, headed by manager Wally Backman, will work with the National League All-Stars. The host Staten Island Yankees coaching staff, led by manager Josh Paul, will handle coaching duties for the American League All-Stars.

* On the American League roster, Lowell shortstop Jose Garcia replaces Hudson Valley's Derek Dietrich, who is injured. For the National League, Batavia shortstop Yunier Castillo replaces Brooklyn's Rylan Sandoval, who is injured. Williamsport catcher Jeff Lanning replaces Batavia's Audry Perez, who is injured.

Josh Jackson is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

View More