FSL All-Star teams announced

Dunedin's Kreuzer, Tampa's Wordekemper earn top honors

(Jerry Hale)

August 27, 2007 2:21 PM

With just one week to go in the regular season, the Florida State League announced its 2007 Postseason All-Star Team on Monday afternoon.

The 18-member squad is highlighted by the presence of Dunedin's Josh Kreuzer and Tampa's Eric Wordekemper, who were named the league's Most Valuable Player and Pitcher, respectively.

Wordekemper, a 24-year-old reliever, was one of four members of the Tampa Yankees to be named to the team. The Iowa native is 2-0 with a microscopic 0.60 ERA over 41 appearances, and has accumulated a league-leading 31 saves. He is joined by three of his Tampa teammates: right-handed starter Daniel McCutcheon, catcher Francisco Cervelli and right fielder Jose Tabata.

McCutchen, now with Double-A Trenton, went 11-2 with a 2.50 ERA over 17 FSL appearances. Cervelli, a 21-year-old backstop, hit .279 over 290 at-bats with Tampa, while Tabata hit .307 and stole 15 bases over 411 at-bats. Both Cervelli and Tabata are currently on the disabled list.

League MVP Kreuzer, Dunedin's 24-year-old first baseman, ranks in the league's top five in batting average (.307), home runs (20), doubles (34), on-base percentage (.428), slugging percentage (.541) and runs scored (92). Dunedin is also represented by left fielder Jacob Butler, who leads the league with 23 home runs.

Joining McCutchen in the starting rotation are Palm Beach's Adam Ottavino (12-7, 3.07 ERA), Vero Beach's Jacob McGee (league-leading 145 strikeouts) and Clearwater's Josh Outman (10-4 with a league-leading 2.45 ERA). Palm Beach's Luke Gregorson (26 saves in 30 opportunities) joins Wordekemper in the bullpen.

At second base is Lakeland's Will Rhymes, who hit .304 and stole 24 bases before earning a promotion to Double-A Erie. His double-play partner is shortstop Jose Castro, who hit .318 for the St. Lucie Mets before moving to the Reds organization as part of the trade that brought Jeff Conine to New York.

Palm Beach's Allen Craig got the nod at the hot corner after hitting .313 with 21 home runs and 76 RBIs. Brevard County's Mat Gamel, primarily a third baseman, was chosen as "utility infielder." The 22-year-old is hitting .302 and has pounded out 52 extra-base hits.

Cameron Maybin -- now with the Detroit Tigers -- hit .310 with 10 home runs and 44 RBIs for Lakeland and was named the team's center fielder. Erik Lis of the Fort Myers Miracle earned a well-deserved selection as "utility outfielder." The Illinois native has driven in a league-leading 91 runs.

Clearwater's Lou Marson joins Cervelli as one of the team's All-Star catchers, while Vero Beach's Sergio Pedroza was named at designated hitter after bashing 22 home runs.

Brevard County skipper John Tamargo was named All-Star manager after leading his club to a first-half East Division title. Tampa's Luis Sojo and Sarasota's Joe Ayrault got the nod as coaches.

Benjamin Hill is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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