Chiefs, 'Nuts have most All-Star starters

Bees boast five players at Midwest League midseason classic

South Bend's Yazy Arbelo leads the league with 14 homers and 43 RBIs. (Emily Jones/

By Josh Jackson / Special to | June 3, 2011 2:54 PM

It only makes sense that the Lansing Lugnuts and Burlington Bees, who enter the weekend atop of their respective divisions, are well-represented on the rosters for the Midwest League All-Star Game, which were announced Friday.

The Bees will send five players to the midseason showcase, set for June 21 at Quad Cities' Modern Woodmen Park. Although the Lugnuts have only four representatives, three were named starters on the Eastern Division squad.

The third-place Peoria Chiefs landed three starters on the Western Division roster, as well as two reserve players and a pitcher. Their total of six representatives matches the South Bend Silver Hawks, on the Eastern side, for tops in the league.

The Clinton LumberKings, who send hurler James Paxton, are the only club with fewer than three representatives.

League strikeout leader Josh Smith, who's fanned 76 for the Dayton Dragons, headlines an Eastern pitching staff that also includes Lansing's Steve Turnbull, who leads the loop with 13 saves.

The Western hurlers are also a formidable group. In addition to Paxton, Wisconsin's Tyler Thornburg, who's 4-0 and ranks second in the league with a 1.31 ERA, and Beloit's Adrian Salcedo are among those charged with shutting down the Eastern offense.

That's no easy task. The East squad includes South Bend's Yazy Arbelo, who leads the league with 14 homers and 43 RBIs, and Lake County's Anthony Gallas, who has a Midwest-best .350 batting average.

Peoria teammates Matthew Szczur and Pierre LePage join Beloit's Daniel Ortiz on the West's impressive offense.

The Eastern team will be managed by Lake County's Ted Kubiak, while Quad Cities' Johnny Rodriguez is the West skipper.

2010 Midwest League All-Star Teams
Eastern Division All-Star Team
Western Division All-Star Team
Starting Position Players
Rob Brantly C West Michigan Cody Stanley C Quad Cities
Yazy Arbelo 1B South Bend Michael Gonzales 1B Beloit
Hernan Perez 2B West Michigan Pierre LePage 2B Peoria
Jake Blackwood 3B Fort Wayne Greg Rohan 3B Peoria
Derek Dietrich SS Bowling Green Yordy Cabrera SS Burlington
Ender Inciarte* OF South Bend Daniel Ortiz OF Beloit
Marcus Knecht OF Lansing Travis Witherspoon OF Cedar Rapids
Jake Marisnick OF Lansing Matt Szczur OF Peoria
Michael Crouse DH Lansing Chris Dennis DH Wisconsin
Reserve Position Players
Alex Monsalve C Lake County Micah Gibbs C Peoria
Phil Wunderlich INF Bowling Green Richard Jones INF Peoria
Dominic D'Anna INF Dayton Nino Leyja INF Burlington
Argenis Martinez INF Lake County Mike Walker INF Wisconsin
Matt Helm INF South Bend Elliot Soto* INF Peoria
Zach Walters INF South Bend Starlin Rodriguez INF Quad Cities
Rymer Liriano* OF Fort Wayne Douglas Landaeta OF Burlington
C.J. Riefenhauser LHP Bowling Green Adrian Salcedo RHP Beloit
Eliazer Suero RHP Bowling Green Blake Hassebrock RHP Burlington
Josh Smith RHP Dayton Daniel Tenholder RHP Burlington
Daniel Corcino RHP Dayton Zach Thornton RHP Burlington
Keyvius Sampson RHP Fort Wayne Dakota Robinson LHP Cedar Rapids
Matt Jackson RHP Fort Wayne Max Russell LHP Cedar Rapids
Red Patterson RHP Great Lakes James Paxton LHP Clinton
Garrett Gould RHP Great Lakes Greg Billo RHP Kane County
Ryan Christenson LHP Great Lakes Chase Boruff* RHP Kane County
Mike Rayl LHP Lake County Leonel Santiago RHP Kane County
Mike Goodnight RHP Lake County Austin Kirk LHP Peoria
Clayton Ehlert RHP Lake County Anthony Ferrara LHP Quad Cities
Steve Turnbull RHP Lansing Justin Wright LHP Quad Cities
Tyler Green RHP South Bend Trevor Rosenthal RHP Quad Cities
David Holmberg LHP South Bend Austin Ross RHP Wisconsin
Bruce Rondon RHP West Michigan Tyler Thornburg RHP Wisconsin
Ted Kubiak Mgr. Lake County Johnny Rodriguez Mgr. Quad Cities
Jeff Harris Pitching Lake County Tim Leveque Pitching Quad Cities
Jim Rickon Batting Lake County Joe Kruzel Batting Quad Cities
Eric Bauer Trainer Quad Cities

* On June 14, the Midwest League announced that South Bend's Ender Inciarte will replace Lake County's Anthony Gallas in the Eastern Division starting lineup. Fort Wayne's Rymer Liriano replaces Gallas on the Eastern Division roster. Gallas is unable to play due to promotion. Peoria's Elliot Soto and Quad Cities' Starlin Rodriguez will replace Kane County's Gerard Hall and Quad Cities' Greg Garcia on the Western Division roster. Both Hall and Garcia were promoted.

On June 17, the Midwest League announced that Kane County pitcher Sugar Ray Marinon has been placed on the disabled list. Therefore, teammate Chase Boruff will replace him on the Western Division roster.

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.

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