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Mobile duo headlines Southern Stars

Home run leaders Marte, Davidson voted to All-Star roster
June 7, 2012
Southern League pitchers who've faced Mobile this season will have a familiar task on their hands on June 19: how do you stop Alfredo Marte and Matt Davidson?

The BayBears duo lead the Southern League in home runs and were both voted to the South Division's All-Star roster on Thursday as the league unveiled it's participants for the 2012 Southern League All-Star Game, which is scheduled for June 19 in Tennessee.

Marte, who leads the league with 13 homers, and Davidson, the D-backs' first-round pick from 2009 who ranks second with 12 longballs, headline a South squad that also includes Marlins catcher Kyle Skipworth and Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who is currently in the Majors.

Jacksonville will send four players to the South team, with outfielder Jake Smolinski and pitchers A.J. Ramos and Evan Reed joining Skipworth, the No. 6 overall pick in 2008.

Ramos is one of two relievers earning All-Star honors as he's compiled a 3-0 record with an 0.92 ERA in 23 appearances this season. Reed, who is currently tied in saves with Mobile's Evan Marshall and Pensacola's Donnie Joseph, has saved 12 games for the Suns this season and boasts a 3-1 record with a 2.05 ERA.

The host Smokies will send outfielder Jim Adduci, designated hitter Justin Bour and pitchers Frank Batista and Kevin Rhoderick on the North Division team. Jackson's Taijuan Walker, the Mariners' No. 2 prospect, joins Danny Hultzen, Seattle's No. 1 prospect, on a North pitching staff that also features Huntsville's Tyler Thornburg and Chattanooga's Ethan Martin.

Mobile skipper Turner Ward will manage the South team while Tennessee's Buddy Bailey mans the North dugout.

Full rosters for both teams are below:

North Division All-Stars
Denny Almonte CF Jackson
Jared Mitchell LF Birmingham
Nick Franklin SS Jackson
Hunter Morris 1B Huntsville
Jesus Sucre C Jackson
Justin Bour DH Tennessee
Pedro Baez 3B Chattanooga
Blake Smith RF Chattanooga
Scooter Gennett 2B Huntsville
Damaso Espino C Birmingham
Jim Adduci OF Tennessee
J.T. Wise INF Chattanooga
Alfredo Marte UTIL OF Mobile
Steven Ames* RHP Chattanooga
Frank Batista RHP Tennessee
Carter Capps RHP Jackson
Danny Hultzen (SP) LHP Jackson
Ryan Kussmaul* RHP Birmingham
Red Patterson* RHP Chattanooga
Matt Magill RHP Chattanooga
Ethan Martin RHP Chattanooga
Kevin Rhoderick RHP Tennessee
Jesus Sanchez RHP Huntsville
Tyler Thornburg RHP Huntsville
Taijuan Walker RHP Jackson
Field Staff
Buddy Bailey Manager Tennessee
Jeff Fassero Pitching Coach Tennessee
Marinao Duncan Hitting Coach Tennessee
Nate Maldonado Coach Tennessee
Aaron Larson Athletic Trainer Tennessee
Tyler Evans Strength Coach Tennessee

* Birmingham's Ryan Kussmaul replaced teammate Jose Quintana, who was promoted to the Chicago White Sox. Jackson's Bobby LaFramboise replaced Birmingham's Pedro Hernandez, who is injured. Chattanooga Lookouts righthanded pitchers Steven Ames and Red Patterson have been named to replace Huntsville's Evan Anundsen and Jackson's Bobby LaFromboise, respectively. Anundsen was placed on the disabled list effective June 11, and LaFromboise has been promoted to Triple-A Tacoma.
South Division All-Stars
Ryan LaMarre CF Pensacola
David Nick** 2B Mobile
Matt Davidson 3B Mobile
Marc Krauss 1B Mobile
Alfredo Marte RF Mobile
Kyeong Kang DH Montgomery
Todd Cunningham LF Mississippi
Kyle Skipworth C Jacksonville
Didi Gregorius** SS Pensacola
Christian Bethancourt C Mississippi
Joel Guzman 1B Pensacola
Jake Smolinski OF Jacksonville
Omar Luna INF Montgomery
Chase Anderson RHP Mobile
Ryan Buchter LHP Mississippi
Daniel Corcino RHP Pensacola
Shane Dyer RHP Montgomery
Sean Gilmartin LHP Mississippi
Donnie Joseph LHP Pensacola
Evan Marshall RHP Mobile
Gary Moran RHP Mississippi
A.J. Ramos RHP Jacksonville
Evan Reed RHP Jacksonville
Tyler Skaggs (SP) LHP Mobile
Zeke Spruill RHP Mississippi
Field Staff
Turner Ward Manager Mobile
Dan Carlson Pitching Coach Mobile
Jay Bell Hitting Coach Mobile
Ben Fraser Athletic Trainer Mobile

** Mobile second baseman David Nick was named to replace Pensacola's Henry Rodriguez, who is injured. Pensacola shortstop Didi Gregorius was named to replace Mississippi shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who was promoted to the Majors.

Danny Wild is an editor for