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Prospect trio heads PCL All-Star squad

Pederson, Alcantara, Nelson to take field July 16 in Durham
July 3, 2014

We know who will represent the International League at the 2014 Triple-A All-Star Game in Durham on July 16. Now we know who their opposition will be.

Joc Pederson, Arismendy Alcantara and Jimmy Nelson, each of whom are among the top-100 prospects in baseball according to, highlight the 2014 Pacific Coast League All-Star roster, the league announced Thursday. 

Pederson, who was one of 13 players elected to the team by fans, media and field/general managers, is probably the biggest name of the bunch. Ranked No. 29 overall by, the 22-year-old outfielder has been one of the league's outstanding players in the first half in his first go-round with the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate in Albuquerque. Pederson has shown off a whole toolshed of skills with the Isotopes, leading the league in OBP (.437), OPS (1.005) and ranking among the top five in home runs (17, fourth), stolen bases (20, third) and slugging (.568, third).

He hasn't played since June 24, however, when he suffered a separated shoulder diving for a ball in center field and landing on his right arm. The Los Angeles Times reported that the injury was likely to keep the prized Dodgers prospect out for "at least 10 games," which would pin his return at a little less than two weeks before the All-Star Game. 

Also elected to start for the PCL was Cubs No. 6 and's No. 71 overall prospect Arismendy Alcantara. The 22-year-old second baseman has taken well to the hitter-friendly climates of the western Triple-A circuit and, like Pederson, has shown an impressive combination of power and speed with Iowa. His 11 triples lead the PCL, rank second among all Minor Leaguers and are a big reason why he's been able to put up a .546 slugging percentage, good enough for fifth in the league despite his power getting a 45 grade on last offseason.

Alcantara's 10 home runs mark only the second time in four tries that he's hit double-digits in the category while playing in a full-season league. His 20 steals stand as the third straight season he's been able to hit that mark. His .310 average would be a career high and has been fueled by a recent scorching run. Alcantara is on a 22-game on-base streak and is batting .415 with a .462 OBP in that time. 

Filling out the PCL starting lineup will be stolen-base leader and Omaha outfielder Paulo Orlando (24 steals), Tacoma third baseman Gabriel Noriega (.328 average, third in league) and Las Vegas DH Allan Dykstra (.427 OBP, second behind Pederson).

It won't be only hitters showing off their stuff for the PCL, however. Nelson has been arguably the best pitcher in Triple-A ball this season. The Nashville right-hander leads the circuit in ERA (1.56), strikeouts (110), average-against (.176) and ranks second in K/9 (9.5), FIP (2.86) and WHIP (0.92). It's a marked improvement for the Brewers' top prospect, who put up a 3.67 ERA with a 9.8 K/9 in 2013 for the Sounds but struggled with command (5.4 BB/9). That rate is down to 2.6 through 104 innings this season. 

New Orleans right-hander Elih Villanueva (8-5, 3.13 ERA) was the other starting pitcher elected to the squad while Iowa right-hander Blake Parker (18 saves, 1.44 ERA) and Omaha right-hander Spencer Patton (14 saves, 4.54 ERA) were voted in as relievers. 

Here is the complete 2014 PCL All-Star roster:

Francisco Pena C Omaha KC
Mike Jacobs 1B Reno ARI
Gabriel Noriega 3B Tacoma SEA
Chris Taylor SS Tacoma SEA
Joc Pederson OF Albuquerque LAD
Paulo Orlando OF Omaha KC
Shane Peterson OF Sacramento OAK
Allan Dykstra DH Las Vegas NYM
Elih Villanueva SP New Orleans MIA
Blake Parker RP Iowa CHC
Spencer Patton RP Omaha KC
Max Stassi C Oklahoma City HOU
Andrew Susac C Fresno SF
Nick Franklin INF Tacoma SEA
Jonathan Galvez INF El Paso SD
Shawn O'Malley INF Salt Lake ANA
Ben Paulsen INF Colorado Springs COL
Gregorio Petit INF Oklahoma City HOU
Jared Hoying OF Round Rock TEX
Stephen Piscotty OF Memphis STL
Angel Castro RHP Memphis STL
Mike Fiers RHP Nashville MIL
Donovan Hand RHP Nashville MIL
Heath Hembree RHP Fresno SF
Kyle Hendricks RHP Iowa CHC
Logan Kensing RHP Tacoma SEA
Paul Smyth RHP Sacramento OAK
Tsuyoshi Wada LHP Iowa CHC
Bob Mariano Manager Fresno SF
Glenn Dishman Coach Albuquerque LAD
Bob Skube Coach Nashville MIL
Jason Roberts Trainer Round Rock TEX

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