Skaggs, Pomeranz highlight All-Stars

Star-studded Carolina staff will face host Cal squad June 21

Drew Pomeranz could oppose Cal League starter Tyler Skaggs. (Matt Burton, Ken Weisenberger)

By Danny Wild / | June 9, 2011 4:08 PM

NEW YORK -- The California League's top strikeout artist, Tyler Skaggs, will get the start June 21 when the Cal League hosts the best of the Carolina League in their annual All-Star showcase.

Of course, if Skaggs is a little off, hometown manager Jerry Weinstein will have plenty of options to turn to.

Skaggs was named the starter of the 2011 California/Carolina All-Star Game, which is set to be played in Modesto, Calif., marking the first time the Nuts have hosted the midsummer classic.

The D-backs prospect leads the league with 90 strikeouts, and he could be followed by Nuts ace Chad Bettis, who leads all 2010 Draft picks with 79 strikeouts.

The Cal League squad features several 2010 Draft picks, including San Jose outfielder Gary Brown, who leads the year's first-round picks in total bases, and Lake Elsinore third baseman Jedd Gyorko, who ranks first among all '10 selections in total bases.

The Carolina League did not announce its projected starter for the game, instead revealing a staff that includes former No. 2 overall Draft pick Drew Pomeranz. The Kinston left-hander will team with a pair of Rangers prospects, Joe Wieland and Robert Ross, as well as Wilmington ace Jake Odorizzi.

The Cal League counters with its top home run hitters, including High Desert's Vinnie Catricala and Lancaster's Kody Hinze, who are tied for the circuit lead with 14 longballs. Gyorko ranks second with 13.

Salem catcher Daniel Butler highlights the Carolina League lineup -- the Red Sox prospect has eight homers and leads the league with 46 RBIs in 45 games.

Full rosters are below:

2011 California/Carolina All-Star Teams
California League All-Stars
Carolina League All-Stars
Tyler Skaggs* LHP Visalia Robert Bundy RHP Frederick
Jake Buchanan RHP Lancaster Preston Guilmet RHP Kinston
Heath Hembree RHP San Jose Will Latimer^ LHP Salem
Craig Westcott LHP San Jose Michael Mariot RHP Wilmington
Chris Sorce RHP High Desert Jake Odorizzi RHP Wilmington
Zack Wheeler RHP San Jose Drew Pomeranz LHP Kinston
Dan Houston RHP Modesto Andre Rienzo RHP Winston-Salem
Kelvin Marte LHP San Jose Robert Ross LHP Myrtle Beach
Chad Bettis RHP Modesto Joe Wieland RHP Myrtle Beach
David Carpenter RHP Inland Empire
Position Players
Gorman Erickson* C Rancho Cucamonga Dan Butler* C Salem
Mike Zuanich* 1B Modesto John Whittleman*^ 1B Wilmington
Mario Martinez* 2B High Desert Rey Navarro* 2B Wilmington
Jedd Gyorko* 3B Lake Elsinore Joey Terdoslavich* 3B Lynchburg
Jake Lemmerman* SS Rancho Cucamonga Andrelton Simmons* SS Lynchburg
Adam Eaton* OF Visalia Jose Martinez* OF Winston-Salem
Gary Brown* OF San Jose Whit Merrifield* OF Wilmington
Angelo Songco* OF Rancho Cucamonga Ryan Strausborger* OF Myrtle Beach
Vinnie Catricala* DH High Desert Ian Gac* OF Winston-Salem
Yasmani Grandal C Bakersfield Zach Zaneski C Myrtle Beach
Kody Hinze 1B Lancaster Justin Toole INF Kinston
Mike Gilmartin 2B Lake Elsinore Andy Wilkins^ INF Frederick
Josh Fellhauer OF Bakersfield Adam Milligan^ OF Lynchburg
Destin Hood OF Potomac
Jerry Weinstein Mgr. Modesto Matthew LeCroy Mgr. Potomac
Darryl Scott Pitching Modesto Aaron Holbert Coach Myrtle Beach
Kevin Riggs Hitting Modesto Alan Wood Trainer Potomac
Chris Dovey Trainer Modesto

* denotes starter.

^ On June 15, the Carolina League announced the following changes to its roster. Salem's Chris Hernandez will be replaced by teammate Will Latimer. Salem's Reynaldo Rodriguez will be replaced on the roster and in the starting lineup by Wilmington's John Whittleman. Frederick's Tyler Townsend will be replaced by Winston-Salem's Andy Wilkins. Lynchburg's Todd Cunningham will be replaced by teammate Adam Milligan.

Note: In the California League, Bakersfield infielder Henry Rodriguez, Rancho Cucamonga pitcher Allen Webster and Lancaster infielder Jose Altuve all had enough votes to make the team, but have been promoted to Double-A. Inland Empire infielder Jean Segura was not named to the roster because of injury.

Danny Wild is an editor for This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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