Hamilton, Roach among Cal All-Stars

Blaze shortstop, with 71 steals, leads team to Winston-Salem

Right-hander Donn Roach is 10-1 wth a 1.97 ERA for Inland Empire. (Mike Andruski/Mavericks)

By Danny Wild / MLB.com | June 11, 2012 1:37 PM

Baseball's fastest man will lead the California League across the country into Winston-Salem on June 19 after the league revealed it's All-Stars on Monday for the 2012 Carolina/California League All-Star Game.

Bakersfield shortstop Billy Hamilton, who leads all of baseball with 71 stolen bases, headlines a Cal League roster that also includes High Desert catcher John Hicks, Stockton first baseman Miles Head and Rancho Cucamonga third baseman C.J. Retherford, who ranks second in the league with 14 home runs.

Other starters include Visalia's Chris Owings, High Desert's Stefen Romero and Julio Morban, Lancaster's George Springer and Lake Elsinore's Rico Noel. Lake Elsinore right-hander Donn Roach, who leads the league with a 10-1 record and ranks second with a 1.97 ERA, was voted as the team's starter.

The squad will play against the Carolina League's All-Stars on June 19 in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Hamilton, who has more than three times as many steals as Major League theft leader Emilio Bonifacio, is batting .320 with 79 hits in 60 games for the Blaze as he follows up a 2011 campaign in which he stole 103 bases at Class A Dayton.

The league did not designate positions for infielders or designated hitter. Teams were voted upon managers, team executives and local media, with three ballots distributed out to each Cal League club.

Several players voted to the team will not participate due to promotion or injury, including High Desert outfielder Corey Dickerson, Visalia left-hander David Holmberg and Bakersfield southpaw Tony Cingrani. Lancaster first baseman Telvin Nash, who leads all Class A Advanced hitters with 18 home runs, did not make the team.

Lake Elsinore Storm skipper Shawn Wooten will manage the team after the Padres affiliate won the Cal League crown last summer. Below is the full roster:

California League All-Stars
John Hicks C High Desert
Miles Head INF Stockton
C.J. Retherford INF Rancho Cucamonga
Chris Owings INF Visalia
Billy Hamilton INF Bakersfield
Stefen Romero INF High Desert
Julio Morban OF High Desert
Rico Noel OF Lake Elsinore
George Springer OF Lancaster
Raywilly Gomez C Visalia
Brad Miller INF High Desert
Cory Spangenberg INF Lake Elsinore
Rymer Liriano OF Lake Elsinore
Travis Witherspoon OF Inland Empire
Christian Bergmann RHP Modesto
Andrew Chafin LHP Visalia
Bobby Doran RHP Lancaster
Tyler Matzek LHP Modesto
Kevin Quackenbush RHP Lake Elsinore
Donn Roach (SP) RHP Lake Elsinore
Chad Rogers RHP Bakersfield
Jack Snodgrass LHP San Jose
Brian Pearl RHP Bakersfield
Field Staff
Shawn Wooten Manager Lake Elsinore
Bronswell Patrick Pitching Coach Lake Elsinore
David Newhan Batting Coach Lake Elsinore

The following players were voted to the squad but will not play due to injury or promotion: Tony Cingrani (LHP, Bakersfield), David Holmberg (LHP, Visalia), Jack Marder (C, High Desert), Donald Lutz (RHP, Bakersfield), Corey Dickerson (RHP, Modesto).

Danny Wild is an editor for 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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