Crawford, Bell highlight EL All-Stars

Top Phillies prospect, Pirates slugger lead Eastern, Western rosters

If all goes according to plan, J.P. Crawford and Josh Bell could be playing in opposite ends of Pennsylvania in the Majors.

By Sam Dykstra / MiLB.com | July 1, 2015 1:15 PM

The 2015 Eastern League All-Star will take place at Hadlock Field in Portland, Maine, but the two headliners could give the game a definite Pennsylvania feel.

Top Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford (Reading) and third-ranked Pirates farmhand Josh Bell (Altoona) headline the 2015 Eastern League Eastern and Western Division All-Star rosters, respectively, as announced by the Double-A circuit Wednesday. The 2015 Sullivan Tire All-Star Classic is scheduled for Wednesday, July 15, at 7 p.m. ET.

Crawford missed the beginning of the season with an oblique strain and joined the Fightin Phils on May 30 after a stint at Class A Advanced Clearwater. In 30 games with the club, the 20-year-old shortstop has a .268/.376/.409 line with two homers, two triples, eight doubles, 12 RBIs and a favorable 15-to-22 K/BB ratio. He's ranked as MLB.com's No. 16 overall prospect but will likely move up those rankings later this summer.

Bell, MLB.com's No. 28 overall prospect, is spending his second straight season with Altoona after playing 24 games with the Curve at the end of last season. The switch-hitter has a .321/.393/.437 line with three homers, six triples, 11 doubles and a 31-to-35 K/BB ratio in 71 games upon his return. A second-round pick in 2011, Bell is in his first season as a full-time first baseman after making the move to the position in last year's Arizona Fall League.

Last week, Crawford and Bell were both named to the US Team for the upcoming All-Star Futures Game. They'll be joined there by fellow Eastern League All-Stars Gary Sanchez (Trenton) and Brandon Nimmo (Binghamton), who feature on the Eastern Division roster with Crawford. 

Here are the complete Eastern League Eastern and Western Division All-Star rosters:

Eastern Division
NAME POS TEAM MLB ORG
Pitchers
Danny Barnes^ RHP New Hampshire TOR
Shane Carle^ RHP New Britain COL
Luis Cessa RHP Binghamton NYM
William Cuevas^ RHP Portland BOS
Zach Eflin^ RHP Reading PHI
Nick Goody^ RHP Trenton NYY
Austin House RHP New Britain COL
Eric Ruth RHP Trenton NYY
Robby Scott LHP Portland BOS
Paul Sewald^ RHP Binghamton NYM
Catchers
Tom Murphy^ C New Britain COL
Gary Sanchez** C Trenton NYY
Infielders
Carlos Asuaje 2B Portland BOS
J.P. Crawford SS Reading PHI
Jorge Flores SS New Hampshire TOR
Marco Hernandez SS Portland BOS
Eric Jagielo^ 3B Trenton NYY
Josh Rodriguez^ 3B Binghamton NYM
Brock Stassi 1B Reading PHI
Jantzen Witte 1B Portland BOS
Outfielders
Jake Cave OF Trenton NYY
Brandon Nimmo OF Binghamton NYM
Cameron Perkins OF Reading PHI
Roman Quinn% OF Reading PHI
Dwight Smith Jr.^ OF New Hampshire TOR
Western Division
NAME POS TEAM MLB ORG
Pitchers
Joe Biagini^ RHP Richmond SF
Jason Creasy^ RHP Altoona PIT
Paul Demny RHP Harrisburg WAS
Terry Doyle RHP Bowie BAL
Mychal Givens^** RHP Bowie BAL
Jeff Johnson^ RHP Akron CLE
Kelvin Marte LHP Richmond SF
Josh Turley^ LHP Erie DET
Austin Voth^ RHP Harrisburg WAS
Catchers      
Rossmel Perez C Bowie BAL
Pedro Severino^ C Harrisburg WAS
Infielders      
Josh Bell 1B Altoona PIT
Yandy Diaz^ 3B Akron CLE
Adam Frazier SS Altoona PIT
Dan Gamache 3B Altoona PIT
Dean Green 1B/DH Erie DET
Todd Hankins 2B Akron CLE
Rando Moreno^ SS Richmond SF
Max Moroff^ 2B Altoona PIT
Ricky Oropesa 1B Richmond SF
Outfielders      
Wynton Bernard^** OF Erie DET
Anthony Gallas OF Akron CLE
Mike Yastrzemski^ OF Bowie BAL

^=fan vote, %=inactive player, **=on Major League 40-man roster

Sam Dykstra is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @SamDykstraMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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