Three Myrtle Beach Pelicans will be among the best the Carolina League has to offer at BB&T Coastal Field on June 22.
Starting right-handed pitchers Randall Delgado, J.J. Hoover and Julio Teheran were named Thursday to the Carolina League's 23-man roster for the 15th California-Carolina League All-Star Game on the Pelicans' home field.
It is the second time in three years the Pelicans will host the cross-country Class A all-star game.
The Pelicans have struggled mightily this season, going 22-38 entering Thursday's game at Kinston. But the three starters have led a recent resurgence, as the Pelicans have won eight of their past 12 through Wednesday and allowed times in those dozen contests.
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"We've got two young arms in J.J. and Julio who have really refueled us here in the past few weeks," Pelicans general manager Scott Brown said. "All three of them are great kids and we're proud to have them represent the Pelicans as the host of the all-star game."
Delgado has been the Pelicans' most consistent starter this year despite a 2-5 record. The Panamanian leads the Carolina League with 87 strikeouts, 78 innings pitched, and a 0.97 WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched), and ranks third in the circuit with a 2.42 ERA. His strikeout total ranks fourth in all of Minor League Baseball.
Hoover has been dominant since making some mechanical adjustments in the early part of May. Over his last six starts, the Elizabeth, Pa., native has gone 4-1 with a 0.92 ERA, striking out 34 batters against seven walks.
Teheran is the third-ranked prospect in the Atlanta Braves organization and has been tremendous in four Myrtle Beach starts since being promoted from low-A Rome in mid-May. The 19-year-old Colombian struck out 12 in his Carolina League debut and whiffed a Pelicans record-matching 14 Winston-Salem batters two starts later. Teheran has a 2-0 record and 1.04 ERA with the Pelicans.
The Pelicans' staff will coach the Carolina League. Rocket Wheeler is managing the all-star team for the third consecutive year and will be joined by hitting coach Rick Albert, pitching coach Kent Willis and trainer Chas Miller.
Winston-Salem, the Carolina League's Southern Division first-half leaders, pace all teams with seven players named to Carolina squad. Five Dash are in the Carolina League's top ten in batting average. Infielders Eduardo Escobar, Jon Gilmore and Seth Loman, the Carolina League home run leader with 14, join outfielders Brandon Short and Justin Greene of Goose Creek on the roster. Starting pitcher Nevin Griffith and Gregory Infante, the league's saves leader with eight, join their teammates.
Other Carolina League selections include Salem catcher Ryan Lavarnway, who leads the league with 48 RBIs, Wilmington first baseman Eric Hosmer, who leads the league with a .359 batting average, and Kinston southpaw T.J. McFarland, who has a 2.08 ERA and did not allow more than one earned run in his first seven starts.
For the California League, both the Lake Elsinore Storm, a San Diego Padres affiliate that started the season 40-20, and 2009 league champion San Jose Giants will send five players each. Lake Elsinor pitcher Brad Brach has converted 21 of 22 save opportunities and has a 1.91 ERA, while San Jose infielder Brandon Belt leads all All-Stars with a .379 batting average and right-hander Craig Westcott leads the California League with a 1.38 ERA in ten starts.
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes infielder Alexi Amarista leads his league with 78 hits and outfielder Tyson Auer has swiped a league-leading 31 bases. Visalia Rawhide pitcher Brian Woodall has a 0.33 ERA in 21 relief appearances and averages 13.17 strikeouts per nine innings, and Bakersfield Blaze catcher Jose Felix has thrown out 64 percent of baserunners attempting to steal.
"I've got 23 great players who are all prospects or they wouldn't be on this roster," said California League president Charlie Blaney. "We've got some pretty impressive guys who have done some great things."
The two-day All-Star Game festivities include a gala at the House of Blues at 7 p.m. on June 21, and pregame autograph sessions, batting practice, and a home run derby on Tuesday the 22nd. Game tickets are available at the BB&T Field box office or by calling 1-877-918-TIXX.
"Now that the rosters are out it become a lot more real," Brown said. "We've got a great couple days planned. It's going to be a lot of fun."