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Sand Gnats boast six All-Stars

Fuller, Moore, Cohoon represent league's top pitching staff
June 7, 2010
Brandon Moore, Jimmy Fuller and Mark Cohoon, who have helped Savannah post the Minor Leagues' top team ERA, are among six Sand Gnats named to the Southern Division team for the South Atlantic League All-Star Game.

Joining the trio of pitchers are Sand Gnats catcher Kai Gronauer (.255, 2 HR, 16 RBIs), shortstop Wilmer Flores (.295, 5, 39) and outfielder Juan Lagares (.297, 4, 34).

The Hickory Crawdads have six representatives on the Northern Division roster, which was unveiled Monday. The midseason classic will be played on June 22 at Fluor Field, home of the Greenville Drive.

Moore (2-4, 2.29 ERA), Fuller (5-2, 1.70) and Cohoon (5-1, 1.62) rank 1-2-3 in the league in strikeouts. They anchor a pitching staff whose 2.43 ERA is more than half a run better than any other SAL team.

The Lexington Legends have four All-Stars, including the productive trio of outfielder J.D. Martinez (.364, 7, 41), first baseman Kody Hinze (.307, 12, 55) and second baseman Jose Altuve (.280, 5, 22).

Among the representatives of the first-place Crawdads are southpaw Robbie Ross (8-4, 1.92) and outfielder Miguel Velazquez (.287, 10, 44), who's tied for second in the league in RBIs.

Dave Machemer of the first-place Augusta GreenJackets will manage the South Division stars, while Hickory's Bill Richardson calls the shots for the North.

2010 South Atlantic League All-Star teams
North Division All-Star Team
South Division All-Star Team
Daniel Rosenbaum LHP Hagerstown Cory Rasmus* RHP Rome
Nick Hernandez LHP Lakewood Chris Masters RHP Rome
Robbie Ross LHP Hickory Jimmy Fuller LHP Savannah
Joe Serafin LHP Kannapolis Jorge Bucardo RHP Augusta
Trevor Hurley RHP Hickory Mark Cohoon LHP Savannah
Robbie Erlin LHP Hickory Kirk Clark RHP Lexington
Jesse Beal RHP Delmarva Brandon Moore RHP Savannah
Matt Thompson RHP Hickory Sheng-an Kuo RHP Asheville
Brandon Kloess RHP Kannapolis Jose Casilla RHP Augusta
Josh Zeid RHP Lakewood Dennis Neuman RHP Greenville
Ryan Flannery RHP Charleston
Alan DeRatt RHP Asheville
Position Players
Kyle Skipworth C Greensboro Dan Butler C Greenville
Sandy Leon C Hagerstown Kai Gronauer C Savannah
Ramon Cabrera C West Virginia Tommy Joseph C Augusta
Ian Gac INF Kannapolis Kody Hinze INF Lexington
Daniel Wagner INF Kannapolis Jose Altuve INF Lexington
Steven Souza INF Hagerstown Chris Dominguez INF Augusta
Jonathan Villar INF Lakewood Wilmer Flores INF Savannah
Garabez Rosa INF Delmarva Angelys Nina INF Asheville
Jeremy Barnes INF Lakewood Joe Sanders INF Asheville
Brian Conley OF Delmarva J.D. Martinez OF Lexington
Miguel Velazquez OF Hickory Eliezer Mesa OF Asheville
Destin Hood OF Hagerstown Juan Lagares OF Savannah
Kyle Colligan OF Kannapolis Ronald Bermudez OF Greenville
David Rubinstein OF West Virginia
Aaron Baker DH West Virginia Zoilo Almonte OF Charleston
Bill Richardson Mgr. Hickory Dave Machemer Mgr. Augusta
Matt LeCroy Coach Hagerstown Billy McMillon Coach Greenville
Brad Holman Coach Hickory Lipso Nava Coach Augusta
Jason Hart Coach Hickory Jim Czajkowski Coach Rome
Jeff Bodenhamer Trainer Hickory David Herrera Trainer Greenville

* On the North roster, Hagerstown pitcher Trevor Holder (promotion) and West Virginia pitcher Nathan Baker (injury) will not play and are not being replaced on the roster. Lakewood infielder Jeremy Barnes (injury) will also not play and will not be replaced. For the South, Cory Rasmus replaces Rome's Arodys Vizcaino (promotion) on the roster after Vizcaino was promoted to Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach. Christopher Masters replaces Vizcaino as the starting pitcher. Charleston's Luke Murton (injury) will not play. Zoilo Almonte will replace him as designated hitter in the starting lineup, and Murton's roster spot will note be filled.

Daren Smith is an editor for