Eight Drive players among SAL All-Stars

Red Sox prospects dot South roster; seven Crawdads to play for North

Rafael Devers ranks fifth among Minor League third base prospects according to MLB.com. (Greenville Drive)

By Sam Dykstra / MiLB.com | June 9, 2015 12:00 PM

When the Greenville Drive Opening Day roster was announced back in April, it was easy to see that it had potential to be great, given the number and quality of prospects the Red Sox sent to their Class A affiliate. When the South Atlantic League All-Star Game rosters were announced Tuesday, those expectations were confirmed.

The Drive will send a league-best eight players to the SAL All-Star Game on June 23 at Asheville's McCormick Field, the circuit revealed Tuesday.

The most noteworthy of the bunch is No. 5 Red Sox prospect Rafael Devers. Playing in his first full season in the Minors, the 18-year-old third baseman ranks third in the Sally League with a .321 average and has added three homers, a triple, 14 doubles and an .808 OPS in 47 games with the Drive. Shortstop Javier Guerra (.294/.349/.494) and utility infielder Mauricio Dubon (.294/.340/.421) join Devers in the Southern Division infield. Left fielder Derek Miller (.388 OBP) and catchers Jordan Procyshen (.708 OPS) and Ben Moore (.319 average) fill out the team's position-player contributions.

After putting up a 3.11 ERA with 44 strikeouts in 37 2/3 innings, 2014 first-rounder and No. 13 Red Sox prospect Michael Kopech makes his first All-Star team and is joined by right-handed reliever Mario Alcantara (1.53 ERA) on the Southern Division pitching staff.

Also found on the Southern Division is MLB.com's No. 92 prospect Ozahino Albies, who is batting .317 with 21 steals for Rome and Lexington first baseman Ryan O'Hearn, who leads the Sally League with 12 homers. 

The Northern Division roster is dominated by the Hickory Crawdads, who placed seven players (Ariel Jurado, John Fasola, Yohander Mendez, Luis Ortiz, Colin Wiles, Jose Trevino, Luke Tendler) on the squad. All except Trevino and Tendler are pitchers, which should be no surprise given Hickory leads the Sally League with a collective 2.76 ERA and 1.18 WHIP.

Lakewood's Rhys Hoskins earned his spot at first base by leading the circuit in all three slash-line categories (.337/.416/.530). 

Here are the complete South Atlantic League All-Star Game rosters:

SAL NORTHERN DIVISION ALL-STAR TEAM
POSITION PLAYERS      
NAME POS TEAM MLB ORG
Arturo Rodriguez C Greensboro MIA
Brett Austin C Kannapolis CWS
Jose Trevino C Hickory TEX
Rhys Hoskins 1B Lakewood PHI
Stephen Wilkerson 2B Delmarva BAL
Grant DeBruin 3B Hagerstown WAS
Malquin Canelo SS Lakewood PHI
Eddy Alvarez UT INF Kannapolis CWS
Jomar Reyes UT INF Delmarva BAL
Luke Tendler RF Hickory TEX
Carlos Tocci CF Lakewood PHI
K.J. Woods LF Greensboro MIA
Conor Bierfeldt UT OF Delmarva BAL
Elvis Escobar UT OF West Virginia PIT
Austen Smith DH Greensboro MIA
PITCHERS      
NAME POS TEAM MLB ORG
Ariel Jurado RHP Hickory TEX
Joey DeNato LHP Lakewood PHI
John Fasola RHP Hickory TEX
Yeudy Garcia RHP West Virginia PIT
Junior Lopez RHP West Virginia PIT
Yohander Mendez LHP Hickory TEX
Luis Ortiz RHP Hickory TEX
Alexis Rivero RHP Lakewood PHI
Drew Van Orden RHP Hagerstown WAS
Collin Wiles RHP Hickory TEX
Austen Williams RHP Hagerstown WAS
FIELD STAFF      
NAME POS TEAM MLB ORG
Corey Ragsdale Manager Hickory TEX
Francisco Matos Coach Hickory TEX
Oscar Marin Coach Hickory TEX
Sean Fields Trainer Hickory TEX

SAL SOUTHERN DIVISION ALL-STAR TEAM
POSITION PLAYERS      
NAME POS TEAM MLB ORG
Jordan Procyshen C Greenville BOS
Aramis Garcia C Augusta SF
Ben Moore C Greenville BOS
Ryan O'Hearn 1B Lexington KC
Jonathan Johnson 2B Savannah NYM
Rafael Devers 3B Greenville BOS
Javier Guerra SS Greenville BOS
Ozhaino Albies UT INF Rome ATL
Mauricio Dubon UT INF Greenville BOS
Elier Hernandez RF Lexington KC
Johneshwy Fargas CF Augusta SF
Derek Miller LF Greenville BOS
Joseph Daris UT OF Rome ATL
Alfredo Escalera-Maldonado UT OF Lexington KC
Connor Spencer DH Charleston NYY
PITCHERS      
NAME POS TEAM MLB ORG
Helmis Rodriguez LHP Asheville COL
Mario Alcantara RHP Greenville BOS
Pedro Fernandez RHP Lexington KC
Kyle Kinman LHP Rome ATL
Michael Kopech RHP Greenville BOS
Zach Lovvorn RHP Lexington KC
Casey Meisner RHP Savannah NYM
Raymundo Montero RHP Augusta SF
David Roseboom LHP Savannah NYM
Matthew Strahm LHP Lexington KC
Jerry Vasto LHP Asheville COL
FIELD STAFF      
NAME POS TEAM MLB ORG
Warren Schaeffer Manager Asheville COL
Mark Brewer Coach Asheville COL
Vinny Castilla Coach    
Casey Papas Trainer Asheville COL

Sam Dykstra is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @SamDykstraMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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