Rosters Announced for Texas League All Star Game

Springer Leads South to Arvest Ballpark Showdown

By Naturals PR Department / Northwest Arkansas Naturals | June 11, 2013 7:07 AM ET

SPRINGDALE, ARK - Five Naturals have been selected to represent the host team at the 77th Annual Texas League All Star Game presented by Castrol on June 25th at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale, AR.


Texas League President Tom Kayser announced the 48 Players elected to the June 25th exhibition game between the North and South divisions that recognize the tops stars in the league.


Orlando Calixte leads the list of Naturals selected. The Shortstop is the Royals #5 Prospect according to Fueled by a May to remember, he will represent the Naturals as a starter for the North Division. Other Naturals selected include Angel Franco* and Mitch Canaham ,who will back-up the Infield positions and Catching position respectively. Matt Fields will also appear in the All-Star game, replacing Tulsa's Kent Matthes who was promoted to Triple-A RHP Yordano Ventura* was also voted to the team. After eleven starts for Northwest Arkansas to begin the season, the Royals promoted the right-hander to AAA-Omaha last week. Former Texas League Manager of the Year Brian Poldberg will lead his usual field staff of pitching coach Jim Brower, hitting coach Nelson Liriano, trainer Masa Koyanagi, and conditioning coach Nate Dine as the coaching representatives of the North Divison's squad.


Corpus Christi's phenom George Springer highlights the list of South Division All-Stars. The slugger is the Houston Astros' #3 prospect according to and currently leads the league in homeruns and RBI. The League's winningest pitcher David Martinez (9-0), ERA leader Jake Buchanan (0.80 ERA), and Catcher Rene Garcia also join Springer as representatives from Corpus. RHP Mike Foltynewicz, the #5 Houston prospect according to Baseball America, and OF Domingo Santana (Baseball America's #11 Astros Prospect) round out the selections from the first-place Hooks.


The eight Arkansas Travelers elected as All-Stars represent the most by any team. The Frisco Rough Riders are represented by seven players which count as the most selections on the South Division side. Frisco Manager Steve Buechele and his staff of pitching coach Jeff Andrews, hitting coach Jason Hart, athletic trainer Carlos Olivas, and strength and conditioning coach Eric McMahon will lead the South Division All-Stars.


In total fifteen players who sit in their respective organization's Top 30 Prospects lists, according to Baseball America, were chosen for the North-South Showdown. Players were selected through polling each division's managers and broadcasters. A voter was not allowed to choose players from their own club.


All-Star Festivities in Northwest Arkansas include a Gala at Razorback Stadium on Monday June 24th with proceeeds going to the Arkansas Children's Hospital, the Tyson Foods Home Run Derby at 6pm on Tuesday June 25th, and a Post-Game All-Star Fireworks Spectacular.


Some tickets are still available for these events by visiting, visiting the Arvest Ballpark Ticket Window or Guest Services during a Naturals Game, or by calling the Naturals Front Office at 479-927-4900.



77th Annual Texas League All-Star Rosters
North Division All-Star Team
South Division All-Star Team
Starting Position Players
Jett Bandy C Arkansas   Rene Garcia C Corpus Christi
C.J. Cron 1B Arkansas   Anthony Aliotti 1B Midland
Angelys Nina 2B Tulsa   Odubel Herrera 2B Frisco
Ruben Gotay 3B Springfield   Jake Blackwood 3B San Antonio
Orlando Calixte SS NW Arkansas   Dusty Coleman SS Midland
Kiel Roling  OF Tulsa   Teodoro Martinez OF Frisco
Chris Swauger OF Springfield   Rico Noel OF San Antonio
Roman Hernandez OF Naturals   George Springer OF Corpus Christi
Matt Fields DH NW Arkansas   Brett Nicholas DH Frisco
Reserve Position Players
Mitch Canham C NW Arkansas   Tomas Telis C Frisco
Rey Navarro INF NW Arkansas   Guilder Rodriguez INF Frisco
Taylor Lindsey INF Arkansas   Jeudy Valdez INF San Antonio
Randal Grichuk OF Arkansas   Jake Goebbert OF Midland
        D'Arby Myers OF Midland
Christian Bergman Tulsa   Matt Andriese San Antonio
Michael Cisco Arkansas   Jake Buchanan Corpus Christi
Tim Cooney Springfield   Michael Foltynewicz Corpus Christi
Heath Wyatt Springfield   David Martinez San Antonio
Brandon Hynick Arkansas   Carlos Pimentel Frisco
Kevin Johnson Arkansas   Jeremy McBryde San Antonio
Tyler Matzek Tulsa   Neil Ramirez Frisco
Mike Piazza Arkansas   Chris Rearick San Antonio
Kevin Thomas Springfield   Murphy Smith Midland
Santiago Garrido NW Arkansas   Matt Stites San Antonio
Brian Poldberg Manager NW Arkansas   Steve Bueschele Manager Frisco
Nelson Liriano Hitting Coach NW Arkansas   Jason Hart Hitting Coach Frisco  
Jim Brower Pitching Coach NW Arkansas   Jeff Andrew Pitching Coach Frisco
Masa Koyanagi Trainer NW Arkansas   Carlos Olivas Trainer Frisco
Nate Dine Strength & Conditioning Coach NW Arkansas   Eric McMahon Strength & Conditioning Coach Frisco

***All Star Roster (as of 6/23/13)

  1. RHP Santiago Garrido of NWA Naturals replaces RHP Yordano Ventura - 6/11/13
  2. LHP Tim Cooney of SPR Cardinals replaces RHP Keith Butler - 6/12/13
  3. OF Chris Swauger of SPR Cardinals replaces OF Thomas Pham - 6/12/13
  4. OF Teodoro Martinez of FRI RoughRiders replaces SA Missions OF Reymond Fuentes - 6/14/13
  5. RHP Jeremy McBryde of SA Missions replaces RHP Kevin Quackenbush - 6/17/13
  6. LHP Chris Rearick of SA Missions replaces FRI RoughRiders RHP Ben Rowen - 6/20/13
  7. INF Rey Navarro of NWA Naturals replaces INF Angel Franco - 6/20/13
  8. INF/DH Matt Fields of NWA Naturals replaces TUL Drillers OF Kent Matthes - 6/22/13
  9. OF D'Arby Myers of MID RockHounds replaces CC Hooks OF Domingo Santana - 6/22/13
  10. RHP Michael Cisco of Arkansas replaces RHP Lay Batista - 6/22/13
  11. RHP Heath Wyatt of SPR Cardinals replaces RHP Deryk Hooker - 6/23/13
  12. OF Roman Hernandez of NWA Naturals replaces TUL Drillers OF Kyle Parker - 6/23/13
  13. OF Mike O'Neill of SPR Cardinals is injured and will not be replaced in the game - 6/23/13

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals are the Double-A Texas League Affiliate of the Kansas City Royals and proud host of the 77th Annual Texas League All Star Game. The Naturals play at state-of-the-art Arvest Ballpark in Springdale, AR. For more information including statistics, ticket options, and more, please visit, and follow us on Twitter @NWANaturals and

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