Springfield, MO - The Texas League announced on Monday the rosters for the 78th Annual Texas League All-Star Game, and the Springfield Cardinals will be represented by five players on the North Division Team - OF James Ramsey, 1B Jonathan Rodriguez, C Cody Stanley, RHP Joey Donofrio and LHP Kyle Hald.
The 2014 Texas League All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday, June 24 at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock, Arkansas, the home of the Arkansas Travelers.
Ramsey, 24, got off to one of the best starts to the 2014 season in all of Double-A baseball. Through just the first 10 games of the season, the Alpharetta, Georgia native collected four home runs, 11 RBIs and eight extra-base hits while hitting .410, claiming the Texas League's first Player of the Week Award this year. Ramsey continued his torrid pace until going down with an injury on May 17. At that time, he was tied for the lead in Double-A with 11 home runs, which is still tied for 2nd in the Texas League. In addition to the 11 homers, Ramsey is hitting .305 on the season with 28 RBIs, 34 runs and a league-leading .583 slugging percentage through 40 games. Ranked as the Cardinals #8 prospect, he was originally selected by St. Louis in the 1st Round of the 2012 June Draft out of Florida State.
Rodriguez, 24, took the Texas League by storm in April, hitting .346 with nine doubles, four home runs and 15 RBIs during the season's first month. He was not only named the Texas League Player of the Week for April 21-26, but also won the Cardinals Minor League Player of the Month Award for April. The San Juan, Puerto Rico native is hitting .252 with five home runs, 23 RBIs and 10 doubles through 42 games on the season. After missing the first half of May due to an injury, he is heating back up with a .389 average (7x18) and five RBIs through his last five games. Rodriguez, a 2013 Florida State League Midseason and Postseason All-Star, was selected by the Cardinals in the 17th Round of the 2009 June Draft out of Manatee Community College in Florida.
Stanley, 25, has not only been one of the best defensive catchers in the Texas League this season, but also caught fire at the plate throughout the month of May. In 23 games in May, the Clinton, North Carolina native ranked 3rd in the league with a .364 average (32x88), along with four home runs and eight RBIs. His great month included an impressive eight-game hitting streak with 15 hits from May 6 - 16. Stanley is also currently 2nd in the league and 1st in the North Division with a 42.4% caught-stealing percentage, nabbing 14 of 33 would-be base stealers on the season. He was selected by St. Louis in the 4th Round of the 2010 June Draft out of the University of North Carolina - Wilmington.
In his first Double-A campaign, Donofrio, 25, has been one of the league's top relievers all season. The Los Gatos, CA native has gone 2-2 with a 1.33 ERA through 24 outings this year. With 34 strikeouts through 27.0 innings, Donofrio has the 4th-highest strikeout-per-nine innings ratio in the league at 11.33. He is also 5th in the league with a .194 batting-average-against, while ranking 4th with 24 appearances. Donofrio put together an incredible stretch of 18 consecutive outings from April 14 - June 1 without allowing an earned run, and has only surrendered four earned runs on the campaign. He was selected by the Cardinals in the 31st Round of the 2012 June Draft out of the University of California - Berkeley.
Hald, 25, has been one of the Texas League's top starting pitchers since being promoted from High-A Palm Beach on April 20. The Springfield, Virginia native has gone 5-1 with a 2.58 ERA, the 5th-best ERA in the league, through nine starts. In 52.1 total innings of work, he has allowed only 16 runs (15 earned) on 44 hits, while striking out 38 and walking only 20. The Texas League's Pitcher of the Week for May 5 - 11, Hald has limited his opponents to three runs or fewer in eight of his nine starts, including a 7.0-inning shutout start on May 6 and a 6.2-inning scoreless performance on June 4. He was selected by the Cardinals in the 18th Round of the 2011 June Draft out of Old Dominion University.
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Guarantee Individual Promo Items with the brand-new Promo Seats
With the current homestand through Saturday, June 14 full of must-have Promotional Items, now is the time to get your Promo Seats and guarantee individual Promo Items!
The brand-new Promo Seats Package includes one Diamond Box Ticket for a game featuring a Promotional Item and guarantees that you receive one of that night's Promotional Items, plus a portion of the ticket sales will benefit the Hamels Foundation Cardinals Youth Initiative to provide tickets for area youth and non-profit organizations.
By purchasing the Promo Seats, fans will have an item reserved for them regardless of where they are in line or what time they arrive at the game. And, for the first time, out-of-town fans that order a Promo Seat Package can choose to have their Promotional Item mailed to them for an additional shipping and handling charge of $10 per item. Both out of town fans and those unable to make the game may donate their game ticket to the Hamels Foundation Cardinals Youth Initiative.
Promo Seat Packages are just $28 each and there are only 61 available for each game. Call the Ticket Office at (417) 863-2143 right now to order yours!
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The homestand continues with Tyler Lyons' Rehab Start tonight!
The Cardinals continue the homestand against the Drillers tonight at 7:10pm, with St. Louis Cardinals LHP Tyler Lyons scheduled to make a Rehab Start for Springfield. Gates open at 6:10pm.
The homestand also includes...
-Six Flags St. Louis Free Kids Admission Pass Giveaway (2,500) and Great Southern Bank $1 Dog Day on Tuesday. First Pitch is 7:10pm, gates open at 6:10pm.
-Wednesday Night Baseball vs. Northwest Arkansas this Wednesday at 7:10pm. Gates open at 6:10pm.
-417 Magazine Trevor Rosenthal Bobblehead Giveaway (2,500) and "Buck a Brat" Night with $1 bratwursts this Thursday. First Pitch is 7:10pm, gates open at 6:10pm.
-AM Pyrotechnics Friday Night Fireworks featuring the Superstars of Country Music this Friday. First Pitch is 7:10pm, gates open at 6:10pm.
-Mid Missouri Credit Union / Fort Leonard Wood Military Appreciation Night with Military Appreciation Fireworks after the 7:10pm game on Saturday, June 14, as well as a Camo Themed Jersey Auction during the game. Gates open at 6:10pm.
For information about becoming a Season Ticket Holder, organizing a Group Outing, booking a The Cup Birthday Party or ordering Individual Game Tickets right now, call the Front Office at (417) 863-2143 or visit SpringfieldCardinals.com.
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