Cowgill, LaHair headed to Salt Lake

PCL's top run producer Ransom leads All-Star team lineup

Collin Cowgill was received the most votes among PCL All-Stars. (David Calvert/Reno Aces)

By Danny Wild / | June 29, 2011 12:49 PM

NEW YORK -- For Collin Cowgill, batting .363 through the end of June was a boost to his All-Star candidacy. Having the entire nation behind him helped, too.

Cowgill is headed to Salt Lake as the top vote-getter for the Pacific Coast League in Triple-A All-Star Game voting after the league announced its roster for the July 13 event.

Cowgill, with 12 homers and 52 RBIs for Reno, anchors a PCL lineup that will include Iowa first baseman Bryan LaHair, who is tied for the league's lead in home runs with 21, Omaha second baseman Johnny Giavotella, Round Rock third baseman Brian Barden and Reno shortstop Cody Ransom, who leads the PCL with 70 RBIs.

Memphis' Andrew Brown and Albuquerque's Trayvon Robinson will join Cowgill in the outfield, and Omaha's Clint Robinson was voted in as designated hitter.

Las Vegas lefty Brad Mills will get the start on the mound, and his battery mate will be Sacramento's Anthony Recker.

Isotopes skipper Lorenzo Bundy will draw up the lineup for the game, which is set for Wednesday, July 13, at Spring Mobile Ballpark in Salt Lake City.

Reno's Wily Mo Pena had been the top vote-getter for much of the online voting process but was left off the team after being promoted to Arizona earlier this month. At the time of the announcement, Pena was tied with LaHair for the league lead in home runs and trailed only Ransom in RBIs. He has also hit three home runs for the D-backs.

Rosters were assembled after fans voted online for their favorite players -- 13 All-Stars were elected to the squad by the balloting of the club's field managers and general managers, members of the media and online fan voting, and 17 more were selected by the Pacific Coast League office.

The International League will announce its roster Thursday afternoon. Full rosters for the PCL team are below:

2011 Pacific Coast League All-Star Team
C Anthony Recker* Sacramento Oakland
1B Bryan LaHair* Iowa Chicago (NL)
2B Johnny Giavotella* Omaha Kansas City
SS Cody Ransom* Reno Arizona
OF Andrew Brown* Memphis St. Louis
OF Collin Cowgill* Reno Arizona
OF Trayvon Robinson* Albuquerque Los Angeles (NL)
DH Clint Robinson* Omaha Kansas City
LHP Brad Mills* Las Vegas Toronto
Reserve Position Players
C Welington Castillo Iowa Chicago (NL)
C Konrad Schmidt Reno Arizona
INF Tony Abreu Reno Arizona
INF David Cooper Las Vegas Toronto
INF Jeff Baisley^ Salt Lake Los Angeles (AL)
INF Eric Sogard Sacramento Oakland
INF Gil Velazquez Salt Lake Los Angeles (AL)
OF Aaron Cunningham Tucson San Diego
OF/C Vinny Rottino^ New Orleans Florida
OF J.B. Shuck^ Oklahoma City Houston
Reserve Pitchers
LHP Dana Eveland Albuquerque Los Angeles (NL)
RHP Cody Eppley^ Round Rock Texas
RHP Willie Eyre* Sacramento Oakland
LHP John Gaub* Iowa Chicago (NL)
RHP Andrew Kown* Fresno San Francisco
RHP Josh Lueke Tacoma Seattle
RHP Luis Mendoza Omaha Kansas City
RHP Jim Miller Colorado Springs Colorado
LHP Sam Narron Nashville Milwaukee
Field Staff
Manager Lorenzo Bundy Albuquerque Los Angeles (NL)
Coach Tommy Gregg Omaha Kansas City
Coach Keith Johnson Salt Lake Los Angeles (AL)
Trainer Brian Reinker Salt Lake Los Angeles (AL)

* denoted elected to team by a combination of fan voting and the votes of general managers field managers and members of the media.

^ On July 6, the Pacific Coast League announced the following roster changes. Round Rock infielder Brian Barden will not play after opting out of his contract with the Texas Rangers. New Orleans outfielder Bryan Petersen will not play due to promotion. Oklahoma City pitcher David Carpenter will not play due to promotion. New Orleans pitcher Victor Garate will not play due to injury. Nashville pitcher Mark DiFelice will not play due to injury. Salt Lake infielder Jeff Baisley and New Orleans outfielder/catcher Vinny Rottino have been added to the roster. Round Rock's Chris Davis will start at third base in Barden's place.

On July 8, the Pacific Coast League added Oklahoma City outfielder J.B. Shuck to its roster.

^ On July 9, the Pacific Coast League replaced Round Rock's Chris Davis with the same team's Cody Eppley.

Danny Wild is an editor for This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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