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Carolina, Cal Leagues reveal All-Stars

Best from each circuit will battle June 22 in Myrtle Beach
June 10, 2010
The California and Carolina Leagues have revealed the rosters for their joint 2010 All-Star Game, which will feature some recent Draft picks and top prospects.

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans will host the contest on June 22 along with sending two pitchers to the game, Braves prospects Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado. The Pelicans' coaching staff, led by manager Rocket Wheeler, will man the Carolina League dugout.

Carolina's roster also features the circuit's top hitter, Kansas City's 2008 first-round pick, Eric Hosmer, who is batting .359 for Wilmington.

Winston-Salem's Seth Loman (White Sox), who leads the league with 14 home runs, will join Salem's Ryan Lavaranway (Red Sox), who tops the league with 48 RBIs.

Kinston's T.J. McFarland (Indians), who paces the Carolina League in wins (6) and ERA (2.08), will lead a stocked pitching staff that also includes Wilmington's Alex Caldera (5-2, 2.92) and Winston-Salem's Nevin Griffith (4-1, 2.77) and Greg Infante, who is tied for the league lead with eight saves.

The West Coast crew counters with an equally loaded roster. The California League's active batting leader, 2009 fifth-round pick Brandon Belt, takes his .378 average to Myrtle Beach, along with San Jose teammates Juan Perez, an outfielder batting .339, and pitchers Craig Westcott and Eric Surkamp. Giants manager Brian Harper and his field staff will lead the team.

High Desert first baseman Rich Poythress, Seattle's second-round pick last June, leads the Cal League with a dozen homers and rounds out an infield that also includes Rancho Cucamonga's Alexi Amarista (.339, 31 RBIs) and Lake Elsinore's Cole Figueroa (.347, 39 RBIs) and Drew Cumberland (.369, 7 HR, 31 RBIs).

The California League, known for being a rough destination for pitchers, features some elite arms. The Quakes' Tyler Chatwood, the Angels' second-round pick in 2008, owns some of the team's best pitching numbers, including a league-best seven wins and a sparkling 1.87 ERA. High Desert's Kenn Kasparek ranks second in wins (6) and owns the league's fourth-best ERA (2.34), while Westcott (3-0, 1.38) has allowed just eight earned runs in 52 innings this season.

The league's top closer, Lake Elsinore's Brad Brach (3-1, 1.91 ERA) has a circuit-leading 21 saves and will be a tough obstacle for Carolina hitters.

It's a quick return to Myrtle Beach for the All-Star Game, which was most recently hosted by the Pelicans in 2008 when the game drew a BB&T Coastal Field record of 6,599 fans. The '08 game featured several current Major Leaguers, including Pablo Sandoval and Matt Wieters.

2010 California/Carolina All-Star Teams
California League All-Stars
Carolina League All-Stars
Ethan Hollingsworth RHP Modesto T.J. McFarland LHP Kinston
Brad Brach RHP Lake Elsinore Randall Delgado RHP Myrtle Beach
Tyler Chatwood RHP Rancho Cucamonga Chris Dwyer* LHP Wilmington
Craig Westcott RHP San Jose Brock Huntzinger RHP Salem
Eric Surkamp LHP San Jose Alex Caldera RHP Wilmington
Ken Kasparek RHP High Desert Gregory Infante RHP Winston-Salem
Justin Fitzgerald RHP San Jose Jose Duran* RHP Frederick
Brian Woodall RHP Visalia J.J. Hoover RHP Myrtle Beach
Nathan Eovaldi RHP Inland Empire Brad Boxberger RHP Lynchburg
Julio Teheran RHP Myrtle Beach
Position Players
Jordan Pacheco C Modesto Ryan Lavarnway C Salem
Jose Felix C Bakersfield Salvador Perez C/UT Wilmington
Brandon Belt INF San Jose Eric Hosmer 1B Wilmington
Alexi Amarista INF Rancho Cucamonga Oscar Tejeda 2B Salem
Cole Figueroa INF Lake Elsinore Eduardo Escobar SS Winston-Salem
Drew Cumberland INF Lake Elsinore Will Middlebrooks 3B Salem
James Cesario INF Modesto Greg Miclat INF Frederick
Stephen Parker INF Stockton Jon Gilmore INF Winston-Salem
Rich Poythress INF High Desert Brandon Short OF Winston-Salem
Juan Perez OF San Jose Justin Greene OF Winston-Salem
Blake Tekotte OF Lake Elsinore Michael Burgess OF Potomac
Tyson Auer OF Rancho Cucamonga Ronnie Welty OF Winston-Salem
Jay Austin OF Lancaster Seth Loman OF Winston-Salem
Dan Robertson OF Lake Elsinore
Brian Harper Mgr. San Jose Rocket Wheeler Mgr. Myrtle Beach
Jerry Cram Pitching San Jose Rick Albert Coach Myrtle Beach
L.J. Petra Trainer San Jose Kent Willis Coach Myrtle Beach
Chas Miller Trainer Myrtle Beach
Missile Wheeler Bullpen Catcher Myrtle Beach

* On June 16, the Carolina League announced two changed to its All-Star roster. Pitcher Chris Dwyer replaced pitcher Nevin Griffith (Winston-Salem), and pitcher Jose Duran replaced pitcher Alex Wilson (Salem).

Danny Wild is a reporter for