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5 RiverDogs Players Named to 2012 SAL All-Star Team

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The South Atlantic League has announced that the Charleston RiverDogs will have five players and their entire coaching staff in uniform for the 53rd annual SAL All-Star Game on June 19 at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park in Charleston.

The Southern Division team will be guided by RiverDogs manager Carlos Mendoza, who has guided the RiverDogs to a winning record so far this season. He will have all his deputies at his side, including Charleston hitting coach Greg Colbrunn, pitching coach Danny Borrell, infield coach Brian Baisley and trainer Jorge Vargas. This is the first time that one team's entire coaching staff has been selected for the SAL All-Star Game.

Mendoza will have several familiar faces at his disposal in the people of RiverDogs right fielder Tyler Austin, catchers Gary Sanchez and Francisco Arcia, starting pitcher Bryan Mitchell and reliever Pedro Guerra. Sanchez received more votes than any player on either squad.      

Austin has been one of the SAL's most dangerous hitters this season and currently leads the league in home runs with 14. A former 13th round draft pick who was rated as the Yankees No. 15 prospect by MLB.com, Austin has led the RiverDogs in almost every offensive category, including slugging and RBIs, throughout much of the season. He also put together a team-high 13-game hit streak in April.

Sanchez, who is in his second season with the RiverDogs, has been one of the steadiest hitters on the team, having a batting average above .300 for most of the season. He found his power stroke in May and racked up a team high seven homers in the month. A native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Sanchez is batting .304 so far this year with 17 doubles, eight homers and 40 RBIs.

Francisco Arcia has served as the RiverDogs second catcher for much of the season, but he has always produced when called upon. Arcia, who is from Venezuela, is hitting a team high .385 this season with 11 extra base hits and 22 RBIs in just 21 games. He is also leading Charleston in on-base percentage and OPS and recently put together a twelve-game hitting streak.

Bryan Mitchell has been the team's most reliable starting pitcher so far this season and will be in the bullpen for the All-Star Game. Mitchell, who was drafted by the Yankees from Reidsville, North Carolina, is 4-3 with a 3.26 ERA so far this season and has struck out 53 in 49.2 innings. He had a 1.55 ERA in the month of May, which was good for third in the South Atlantic League.

Pedro Guerra will be joining Mitchell in the bullpen, where he has served as a force for the RiverDogs this season. Guerra is from Cagua, Venezuela and was signed by the Yankees as a minor league free agent this off-season. He is 3-1 on the year with two saves and a 1.98 ERA in 27.1 innings. He has walked only nine while striking out 31. He had a string of five consecutive outings in May where he didn't allow a hit.

The Greensboro Grasshoppers topped the SAL with eight players selected. Lexington will be sending seven players, while Charleston and Asheville each had five players selected.

 

2012 South Atlantic League All-Stars

 

 

 

POSITION

NORTHERN DIVISION

 

MANAGER

David Berg

Greensboro

COACH

Brian Daubach

Hagerstown

COACH

Blake McGinley

Greensboro

 

 

 

PITCHERS

Jose Fernandez

Greensboro

 

Aaron Barrett

Hagerstown

Matt Benedict

West Virginia

 

Adam Conley

Greensboro

 

Kevin Cravey

Greensboro

 

Phil Klein

Hickory

 

Colin Klevin

Lakewood

 

Nicholas Martinez

Hickory

 

Gregory Nappo

Greensboro

 

Victor Payano

Hickory

 

Blair Walters

Kannapolis

 

 

 

CATCHERS

Austin Barnes

Greensboro

 

Adrian Nieto

Hagerstown

 

Kevan Smith

Kannapolis

FIRST BASEMAN

Nick Delmonico

Delmarva

SECOND BASEMAN

Alen Hanson

West Virginia

THIRD BASEMAN

Rangel Ravelo

Kannapolis

SHORTSTOP

Hanser Alberto

Hickory

UTILITY INFIELDER

Josh Adams

Greensboro

UTILITY INFIELDER

Matthew Skole

Hagerstown

RIGHT FIELD

Gregory Polanco

West Virginia

CENTER FIELD

Brent Keys

Greensboro

LEFT FIELD

Christopher Grayson

Hickory

UTILITY OUTFIELDER

Mark Haddow

Kannapolis

UTILITY OUTFIELDER

Caleb Ramsey

Hagerstown

DESIGNATED HITTER

Matt Smith

Greensboro

TRAINER

Will Lawhorn

Delmarva

 

 

 

 

 

 

POSITION

SOUTHERN DIVISION

 

MANAGER

Carlos Mendoza       

Charleston

COACH

Greg Colbrunn     

Charleston

COACH

Brian Baisley                            

Charleston

               COACH                    

Danny Borrell       

Charleston

PITCHERS

Michael Foltynewicz

Lexington

 

T.J. Chism

Savannah

Jason Chowning

Lexington

 

David Filak

Rome

 

Pedro Guerra

Charleston

 

Cody Hall

Augusta

 

Bryan Mitchell

Charleston

 

Navery Moore

Rome

 

Miguel Pena

Greenville

 

Carlos Quevedo

Lexington

 

Nicholas Tropeano

Lexington

 

 

 

CATCHERS

Gary Sanchez

Charleston

 

William Swanner

Asheville

 

Francisco Arcia

Charleston

FIRST BASEMAN

Harold Riggins

Asheville

SECOND BASEMAN

Delino DeShields, Jr.

Lexington

THIRD BASEMAN

Matt Duffy

Lexington

SHORTSTOP

T.J. Rivera

Savannah

UTILITY INFIELDER

Garin Cecchini

Greenville

UTILITY INFIELDER

Samuel Mende

Asheville

RIGHT FIELD

Tyler Austin        

Charleston

CENTER FIELD

Delta Cleary, Jr.      

Asheville

LEFT FIELD

Keury De La Cruz

Greenville

UTILITY OUTFIELDER

Tyler Massey

Asheville

UTILITY OUTFIELDER

Travis Taijeron

Savannah

DESIGNATED HITTER

Zachary Johnson

Lexington

TRAINER

Jorge Vargas

Charleston

 

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