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Southern League reveals 2010 All-Stars

Speedsters and sluggers look to awe Huntsville crowd
June 30, 2010
Huntsville's Joe Davis Stadium better get ready for some fireworks, because the Southern League All-Star Game is comin' to town.

The July 12 event at the home of the Milwaukee Brewers' Double-A affiliate, the Huntsville Stars, will feature some of the heaviest hitting prospects around, including Jacksonville's Brandon Tripp and hometown favorite Lorenzo Cain of the Stars. This will be Tripp's third All-Star Game in his short career, and he has risen quickly through the ranks since getting traded to the Marlins organization. He is second in the league in both batting average (.322) and slugging percentage (.517) and has seen his production soar when batting with runners in scoring position. Cain has dazzled the Huntsville crowd all season with his speed and ability to get on base. Cain is in the top five in the league in stolen bases (19), average (.319) and on-base percentage (.404).

Both squads feature a slew of sluggers who will provide some major firepower for their respective sides. The North Division will rely on West Tenn first baseman Johan Limonta (10 HR, .511 SLG, 52 RBIs) -- whose 25 doubles lead the league -- as well as the league's RBI leader, Chattanooga third basemen Corey Smith (8 HR, 58 RBI, .482 SLG).

Although the South Division has seen many of its best hitters promoted in recent weeks -- notably Mike Stanton -- many fresh faces will try to make an impact. A plethora of Mobile players pepper the Southern roster and have been responsible for the team's streaking second-half start. Konrad Schmidt has been spectacular as the Mobile backstop this season and finds himself tied for fifth in the league with a .319 average. Evan Frey, Schmidt's teammate, should anchor the Southern squad's outfield as he does Mobile's. Frey is in the top 10 league-wide in average (.310), on-base percentage (.386) and stolen bases (20).

On the mound, the North squad will turn to the right arm of Matt Klinker to set the pace. The Carolina Mudcat leads the league in ERA (1.75), is second in WHIP (.097) and has fanned 71 batters. Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Ryan Buchter, David Cales and Hung-Wen Chen -- Tennessee Smokies all -- make up a large portion of the pitching staff that has issued the fewest walks in the Southern League this year, and they will be heavily relied upon for the North.

The South division squad will need Jacksonville's Elih Villanueva's iron arm to produce several innings of proficient pitching to keep the North squad's hitters at bay. Villanueva leads the Southern League in innings pitched with 101 1/3 and led his Suns to the first-half division championship. Pairing the stamina of Villanueva with the heat of the Biscuits Alexander Torres, who leads the league in strikeouts with 86, will prove tough for North hitters.

2010 Southern League All-Star Teams
North Division All-Star Team
South Division All-Star Team
Position Players
Robinson Chirinos C Tennessee Orlando Mercado C Mississippi
Steve Clevenger C Tennessee Konrad Schmidt C Mobile
Johan Limonta 1B West Tenn Jim Gallagher** 1B Birmingham
Jake Kahaulelio 2B Carolina Drew Anderson 2B Montgomery
Brett Lawrie* 2B Huntsville Matt Dominguez 3B Jacksonville
Corey Smith 3B Chattanooga Jacob Elmore SS Mobile
Alex Liddi* 3B West Tenn Willie Cabrera OF Mississippi
Carlos Triunfel SS West Tenn Evan Frey OF Mobile
Tony Campana OF Tennessee Emeel Salem** OF Mobile
Sean Henry OF Carolina Brandon Tripp OF Jacksonville
Carlos Peguero* OF West Tenn Collin Cowgill** DH Mobile
David Sappelt OF Carolina Mauro Gomez* UTL INF Mississippi
Blake Lalli DH Tennessee Salvador Sanchez UTL OF Birmingham
Mike Costanzo UTL INF Carolina
Trayvon Robinson UTL OF Chattanooga
Michael Bowman** RHP Huntsville Brandon Beachy RHP Mississippi
Ryan Buchter LHP Tennessee Anthony Carter RHP Birmingham
Tom Cochran LHP Carolina Josh Collmenter RHP Mobile
Jon Huber** RHP Chattanoogs Matt Gorgen RHP Montgomery
Kenley Jansen RHP Chattanooga Jeremy Hall RHP Montgomery
Amaury Rivas RHP Huntsville Daniel Jennings LHP Jacksonville
Mauricio Robles** LHP West Tenn Tom Koehler RHP Jacksonville
Luke Sommer LHP Tennessee Leyson Septimo** LHP Mobile
Anthony Varvaro RHP West Tenn Miguel Socolovich RHP Birmingham
Elih Villanueva RHP Jacksonville
Selected But Unable to Play
Jesus Castillo (P) RHP Chattanooga Darin Downs (P) LHP Montgomery
Brandon Kintzler (P) RHP Huntsville Barry Enright (P) RHP Mobile
Alex Liddi (F) 3B West Tenn Osvaldo Martinez (F) SS Jacksonville
Carlos Peguero (F) OF West Tenn Mike Minor (F/P) LHP Mississippi
Michael Pineda (P) RHP West Tenn Brent Morel (P) 3B Birmingham
Ty Wright (P) OF Tennessee Matt Peterson (P) RHP Jacksonville
Dee Gordon (F) SS Chattanooga Alex Sanabia (P) RHP Jacksonville
Lorenzo Cain (P) OF Huntsville Mike Stanton (P) OF Jacksonville
Austin Bibens-Dirkx (P) RHP Tennessee Bryan Byrne (DL) 1B Mobile
David Cales (P) RHP Tennessee Ollie Linton (DL) OF Mobile
Hung-Wen Chen (P) RHP Tennessee Cody Johnson (DL) DH Mississippi
Steven Hensley (U) RHP West Tenn Tim Torres (P) UTL INF Jacksonville
Matt Klinkler (P) RHP Carolina Alexander Torres (F) LHP Montgomery

* Will play in the All-Star Game as well as the Futures Game if travel allows.
** Added to the roster after June 30.
P denotes a player will not play because he has been promoted.
F denotes a player will not play because he has been selected to play in the Futures Game.
U denotes a player is unavailable for other reasons.

Griffin Zucosky is an associate reporter for