The 2011 Triple-A All-Star Game takes place July 13 at Salt Lake's SpringMobile Ballpark, with the top competitors from the International and Pacific Coast Leagues showcasing their talents.
Once again, fans will have a say in determining which players make the trip to this annual midsummer exhibition. Voting begins Friday on MiLB.com and runs through June 25. (Vote now!)
The ballot is packed with big names and intriguing choices, but no matter whom you choose, you'll have incentive to do so. Sponsor Pert Plus has teamed with MiLB.com to create a Triple-A All-Star Game sweepstakes. Fans can enter to win Triple-A All-Star merchandise and MiLB.TV subscriptions, with the grand prize consisting of a Triple-A All-Star Game fan pack (with autographed memorabilia), one official cap from all 30 Triple-A clubs and an MiLB.TV subscription.
As always, the Triple-A ballot features rising prospects and Major League veterans alike. Twenty-one-year-old Padres prospect Anthony Rizzo would seem to be a lock at first base for the PCL, as he's hitting .371 with 15 homers and 60 RBIs. But Bryan LaHair (Iowa Cubs) and David Cooper (Las Vegas 51s) have been spectacular at the position as well, proving that when it comes to assembling an All-Star roster, there's no such thing as an easy decision.
Tough choices also abound on the IL side of the equation. Yankees prospect Jesus Montero or Reds prospect Devin Mesoraco at catcher? And who should patrol the outfield, when candidates include Brandon Guyer, Justin Maxwell, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Todd Frazier and Alex Presley (among many others).
And unlike Major League Baseball, fans get a say in who will toe the rubber as well. Worthy starters include Pawtucket's resurgent Andrew Miller (2.47 ERA) and PCL ERA leader Graham Godfrey of Sacramento. Out in the bullpen is a most intriguing choice in 38-year-old comeback kid Marc Kroon of the Fresno Grizzlies.
Ready to make your All-Star selections? Click here to make your voice heard, and register to win while doing so. Vote as often as you like before the polls close July 25.
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