Texas League All-Star teams named

Top prospects among Double-A circuit's midsummer honorees

The Rockies' Wilin Rosario is among eight Tulsa All-Stars. (Bodhi Hill/MiLB.com)

By Josh Jackson / Special to MLB.com | June 13, 2011 11:00 AM

A look at the rosters for the 2011 Texas League All-Star Game, which is set for June 29 at San Antonio's Wolff Stadium, suggests good news: the game's most highly touted up-and-comers are as well as expected.

Of the preseason picks to be named among MLB.com's Top 50 Prospects in all of baseball, five have been selected as All-Stars just in the Texas League, one of three Double-A circuits and 10 full-season leagues. Several other touted prospects, including former first-round picks, also appear on the rosters. The way they've lived up to the hype so far, these players are destined to make this year's midsummer showcase one to remember.

Angels prospect Mike Trout, who tops the MLB.com list, has been tabbed to start in the outfield for the North Division team. As of Saturday, Trout was second in the circuit with 19 stolen bases and is batting .307, and his Arkansas Travelers were first in the division.

The Travs had nine players named All-Stars, more than any other team in the Texas League. Trevor Reckling and Garrett Richards, considered two of the Angels' finest pitching prospects, are among five Arkansas hurlers on the North Division squad.

Also joining Trout on the North team will be Rockies prospects Wilin Rosario and Christian Friedrich, MLB.com's No. 41 and 50 Top Prospects, respectively. Their Tulsa teammate Juan Nicasio, who currently leads the league with a 2.22 ERA, was picked, too.

The South Division team can count on big things from big names, as well. Casey Kelly (MLB.com's No. 22 pick) is among eight San Antonio players honored with a selection. Entering Saturday's action, Kelly led the loop with 72 1/3 innings pitched and was 10 strikeouts behind league-leader Martin Perez, who'd fanned 65. Perez (No. 23) will join Kelly on the South staff, and it serves him right; he'd put up a 4-0 record and 2.60 ERA through 12 starts. The Rangers prospect will be joined by seven other Frisco players.

Midland's Jermaine Mitchell, who leads the league in runs scored, and Grant Green, who was a first-round pick of Oakland in 2009, should provide an offensive boost for the South Division, with San Antonio's Vincent Belnome (11 homers) and Sawyer Carroll (.554 slugging percentage) lending pop.

Missions fans can expect plenty of familiar faces at the All-Star Game. In addition to the eight San Antonio players, the San Antonio field staff, helmed by Doug Dascenzo, will guide the South Division team. Northwest Arkansas' Brian Poldberg and his staff are in charge of the North Division squad.

2011 Texas League All-Star Teams
Northern Division All-Star Team
Southern Division All-Star Team
Starting Position Players
Wilin Rosario C Tulsa Ali Solis C San Antonio
Matt Adams 1B Springfield Michael Spina 1B Midland
Anthony Seratelli* 2B NW Arkansas Jimmy Paredes* 2B Corpus Christi
Luis Jimenez 3B Arkansas James Darnell 3B San Antonio
Darwin Perez SS Arkansas Grant Green* SS Midland
Alex Castellanos OF Springfield Leonys Martin OF Frisco
Mike Trout OF Arkansas Jermaine Mitchell OF Midland
Tim Wheeler OF Tulsa J. D. Martinez OF Corpus Christi
Ben Paulsen* DH Tulsa Mike Bianucci DH Frisco
Reserve Position Players
Salvador Perez C NW Arkansas Jose Felix C Frisco
Wil Myers* OF NW Arkansas Jose Ruiz* INF Frisco
Ryan Jackson INF Springfield Tommy Mendonca INF Frisco
Jeff Bianchi* INF NW Arkansas Renny Osuna INF Frisco
Scott Beerer OF Tulsa Sawyer Carroll OF San Antonio
Orangel Arenas RHP Arkansas Erik Hamren* RHP San Antonio
Michael Blazek RHP Springfield Brad Brach RHP San Antonio
Ryan Brasier RHP Arkansas Xavier Cedeno LHP Corpus Christi
Sam Freeman LHP Springfield Adalberto Flores RHP Frisco
Joe Torres* LHP Tulsa Nick Vincent* RHP San Antonio
Christian Friedrich LHP Tulsa Casey Kelly RHP San Antonio
Kelvin Herrera* RHP NW Arkansas Dallas Keuchel LHP Corpus Christi
Trevor Reckling LHP Arkansas Justin Miller RHP Frisco
Garrett Richards RHP Arkansas Martin Perez LHP Frisco
Matt Shoemaker RHP Arkansas Jorge Reyes RHP San Antonio
Brian Poldberg Mgr. NW Arkansas Doug Dascenzo Mgr. San Antonio
Terry Bradshaw Coach NW Arkansas Jimmy Jones Coach San Antonio
Larry Carter Coach NW Arkansas Tom Tornicasa Coach San Antonio
Tony Medina Trainer NW Arkansas Nathan Stewart Trainer San Antonio

* On June 15, the Texas League announced that Arkansas second baseman Ryan Mount will not play in the Texas League All-Star Game due to injury. His place in the starting lineup will be filled by Northwest Arkansas' Anthony Seratelli, previously the starting DH. Tulsa infielder Ben Paulsen replaces Seratelli as the starting DH. Northwest Arkansas infielder Jeff Bianchi takes Mount's place on the North Division roster. In the South Division, Wladimir Sutil will not play in the game due to promotion. Midland shortstop Grant Green will replace Sutil in the starting lineup. Frisco infielder Jose Ruiz replaces Sutil on the roster.

On June 20, the Texas League announced that Midland pitcher Ethan Hollingsworth will not play for the South Division in the game due to injury. San Antonio's Josh Spence will replace him. For the North Division, Tulsa pitcher Juan Nicasio is not expected to play due to promotion. He will be replaced by Northwest Arkansas' Kelvin Herrera. Tulsa infielder Darin Holcomb is unable to play and will be replaced by Northwest Arkansas' Wil Myers.

On June 21, the Texas League announced that Springfield pitcher Maikel Cleto will not play for the North Division due to promotion. He will be replaced by teammate Sam Freeman.

On June 22, the Texas League announced that San Antonio pitcher Josh Spence will not play for the South Division due to promotion. Teammate Nick Vincent is Spence's replacement.

On June 23, the Texas League announced that Tulsa pitcher Stephen Dodson will not play for the North Division due to injury. Teammate Joe Torres replaces Dodson on the roster.

On June 24, the Texas League announced that San Antonio infielder Vince Belnome is unable to play for the South Division due to injury. Teammate Beamer Weems was announced as a replacement for him on the roster, but Weems became unavailable and was replaced by Corpus Christi's Jimmy Paredes.

On June 27, the Texas League announced that San Antonio pitcher Anthony Bass is unable to play for the South Division due to promotion. He has been replaced by teammate Erik Hamren.

Josh Jackson is a contributor to 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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