Topps Short-Season/Rookie All-Stars selected

Lopez, two other Orem standouts named to squad

Blue Jays prospect Roberto Lopez led Rookie League and Short-Season hitters with a .400 batting average. (Brent Asay/

By | December 3, 2008 10:00 AM ET

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Roberto Lopez, who led the classification in several offensive categories, is one of three Orem Owlz on the Topps Short-Season/Rookie All-Star Team. The best performances in all Minor League Baseball classifications are again being honored by the Topps Company of New York, N.Y., in conjunction with Minor League Baseball.

Curt Smith (22) led the Appalachian League with his .378 batting average and .418 on-base percentage. His 49 RBIs with the Johnson City Cardinals tied for tops in the league. The St. Louis Cardinals, who promoted Smith to Class A in the middle of August, drafted him in the 39th round in June out of the University of Maine.

Colt Sedbrook (23) hit .305 with nine doubles, five triples, two homers and 33 RBIs for the Batavia Muckdogs. His batting average and 84 hits ranked among the leaders in the NY-Penn League. The St. Louis Cardinals selected Sedbrook in the 22nd round in June out of the University of Arizona.

Luis Jimenez (20) had 49 extra base hits for the Orem Owlz to lead the classification. Lopez' 28 doubles tied for first, while his 15 home runs and 65 runs batted in ranked second. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim signed Jimenez as a free agent in 2005.

Tyler Kuhn (22) finished among the top five in the classification with a .375 average, 96 hits and nine triples for the Great Falls Voyagers. Kuhn was also among the best in the class with his .570 slugging percentage. The Chicago White Sox drafted Kuhn in the 15th round in June out of West Virginia University.

Charles Blackmon (22) finished in the top four in the Northwest League with his .338 average, 98 hits, 21 doubles and 28 extra-base hits. The Tri-City Dust Devils outfielder's hit total was third best in the classification. The Colorado Rockies chose Blackmon in the second round out of Georgia Tech in June.

Angel Morales (19) paced the Appalachian League with his 15 roundtrippers and .623 slugging percentage for the Elizabethton Twins. Morales' 28 extra base hits ranked among the league's top three. The Minnesota Twins drafted him in the third round in 2007 out of Puerto Rico.

Dan Robertson (23) hit .377 with three homers and 45 RBIs on his way to winning MVP honors in the Northwest League. The Eugene Emeralds outfielder topped the classification with 114 hits and finished in the top five with 59 runs and a .443 on-base percentage. The San Diego Padres took Robertson in the 33rd round out of Oregon State University in June.

Derek Norris (19) exhibited a keen eye at the plate, leading the New York-Penn League in walks (63) and on-base percentage (.444). Norris also showed a strong arm behind the dish for the Vermont Lake Monsters, as he led all league catchers by throwing out base stealers at rate of 47%. The Washington Nationals drafted Norris in the fourth round in 2007 out of high school.

Roberto Lopez (23) sits atop the classification with his .400 average, 72 RBIs, 68 runs and .667 slugging percentage. His 28 doubles tied him with his Orem Owlz teammate, Luis Jimenez, for first. Lopez, the Pioneer League MVP, was second in the classification with 108 hits and 43 extra-base hits. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim selected Lopez in the 25th round in June out of the University of Southern California.

Dexter Carter (21) led Pioneer League starters with a 2.23 ERA for the Great Falls Voyagers. The right-hander finished fourth in the classification with 89 strikeouts and a .182 batting average against. The Chicago White Sox picked him in the 13th round in June out of Old Dominion University.

Jayson Miller (23) was voted Pioneer League Pitcher of the Year for going 8-2 with a 2.33 ERA for the Orem Owlz. The left-hander showed outstanding control, walking only seven batters and fanning 68 in 81 innings. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim selected Miller in the 30th round in June out of Washington State University.

Kelvin Mota (20) went 2-0 with a 1.07 ERA and a Gulf Coast League-best 12 saves for the Twins. Mota walked nine and struck out 18 in 25.1 innings. The Minnesota Twins signed him as a free agent in June 2007.

1BCurt SmithJohnson City/APPSt. Louis.378849
2BColt SedbrookBatavia/NYPSt. Louis.305233
3BLuis JimenezOrem/PIOLA Angels.3311565
SSTyler KuhnGreat Falls/PIOChi White Sox.375346
OFCharlie BlackmonTri-City/NORColorado.338233
OFAngel MoralesElizabethtown/APPMinnesota.3011528
OFDan RobertsonEugene/NORSan Diego.377345
CDerek NorrisVermont/NYPWashington.2781038
DHRoberto LopezOrem/PIOLA Angels.4001472
RHPDexter CarterGreat Falls/PIOChi White Sox612.23
LHPJayson MillerOrem/PIOLA Angels822.33
RPKelvin MotaTwins/GCLMinnesota201.07

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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