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RiverDogs quartet to play for Southern Division in 2014 All-Star Game on June 17 at Hickory

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The South Atlantic League has announced the rosters for the 55th Annual SAL All-Star Game, and four Charleston RiverDogs have been tabbed to represent the Southern Division for this year’s All-Star Game on June 17 at L.P. Frans Stadium in Hickory, NC.

First baseman Mike Ford and right fielder Aaron Judge were named Southern Division starters while pitchers Brady Lail and Caleb Smith also received All-Star designation.

Ford will be the Southern Division’s starting first baseman in the same ballpark that he made RiverDogs history in last month. Ford hit the first four-homer game in Charleston professional baseball history during a 17-10 triumph at the Hickory Crawdads on May 25. The 2013 free agent signee from Princeton has a team-high eight home runs, and he also leads the RiverDogs with an eight-game hit streak and a 15-game on-base streak, both from earlier this season.

Judge, the starting right fielder for the Southern Division, is in the midst of a successful professional debut with the RiverDogs. He has joined Ford with a team-best eight homers and also leads Charleston with a .321 average, 10 doubles, 31 walks, 35 runs batted in, a .416 on-base percentage, and a .515 slugging percentage. Judge, who was the 32nd overall pick in the first round last year out of Fresno State, has also homered in each of his last three games.

Lail co-leads the South Atlantic League with seven wins as he is tabbed to join the Southern Division pitching corps. Most of Lail’s victories came in a six-game win streak, the best mark for consecutive winning starts by a RiverDogs pitcher since Charleston became a New York Yankees affiliate in 2005. Lail, who is also fourth in the Sally League with 60 strikeouts, was drafted in 2012 in the 18th round out of Bingham (Utah) High School.

Smith joins Lail on the Southern Division squad after an impressive streak of his own. Smith compiled 23.1 consecutive scoreless innings early this season, placing sixth among the best RiverDogs streaks in the past decade. He also recorded a 13-strikeout performance at Delmarva on April 24, setting the mark for the most single-game strikeouts in Minor League Baseball this year. Smith was drafted in the 14th round of the 2013 Draft from Sam Houston State.

This year’s All-Stars were chosen through voting by managers, coaches, local media, front office executives, and fans. The Savannah Sand Gnats led the league with seven player selections in the Southern Division. In the Northern Division, the Greensboro Grasshoppers and the Hagerstown Suns each send six players to Hickory. First pitch of the 55th Annual South Atlantic League All-Star Game is scheduled for 7pm on June 17 at L.P. Frans Stadium in Hickory, NC.

2014 South Atlantic League All-Stars

NORTHERN DIVISION

MANAGER

Patrick Anderson

Hagerstown

COACH

Corey Ragsdale

Hickory

COACH

Sam Nerron

Hagerstown

COACH

Luis Ordaz

Hagerstown

PITCHERS

Hunter Harvey

Delmarva

Cody Forsythe

Lakewood

Domingo German

Greensboro

Cody Kendall

Hickory

Matt Milroy

Greensboro

Nick Pivetta

Hagerstown

Jake Sanchez

Kannapolis

Sebastian Vader

Delmarva

Austin Voth

Hagerstown

Jake Walsh

Hagerstown

Jimmy Yacabonis

Delmarva

CATCHERS

Chad Wallach

Greensboro

Spencer Kieboom

Hagerstown

Reese McGuire

West Virginia

FIRST BASEMAN

Felix Munoz

Greensboro

SECOND BASEMAN

Wilmer Difo

Hagerstown

THIRD BASEMAN

Drew Dosch

Delmarva

SHORTSTOP

J.P. Crawford

Lakewood

UTILITY INFIELDER

Erich Weiss

West Virginia

UTILITY INFIELDER

John Wooten

Hagerstown

RIGHT FIELD

Mike Yastrzemski

Delmarva

CENTER FIELD

Evan Van Hoosier

Hickory

LEFT FIELD

Carlos Lopez

Greensboro

UTILITY OUTFIELDER

Austin Dean

Greensboro

UTILITY OUTFIELDER

Samuel Hiciano

Lakewood

DESIGNATED HITTER

Willians Astudillo

Lakewood

TRAINER

Sean Fields

Hickory

SOUTHERN DIVISION

MANAGER

Luis Rojas

Savannah

COACH

Darren Fenster

Greenville

COACH

Paul Abbott

Greenville

PITCHERS

Matthew Lujan

Augusta

Dario Alvarez

Savannah

Robert Coles

Savannah

Miller Diaz

Savannah

Yean Carlos Gil

Rome

Joe Gunkel

Greenville

Brady Lail

Charleston

Kevin McGowan

Savannah

Akeel Morris

Savannah

Caleb Smith

Charleston

Luis Ysla

Augusta

CATCHERS

Jake Romanski

Greenville

Victor Caratini

Rome

Frank Schwindel

Lexington

FIRST BASEMAN

Mike Ford

Charleston

SECOND BASEMAN

Jeff McNeil

Savannah

THIRD BASEMAN

Ryan McMahon

Asheville

SHORTSTOP

Gavin Cecchini

Savannah

UTILITY INFIELDER

Jantzen Witte

Greenville

UTILITY INFIELDER

Carlos Asuaje

Greenville

RIGHT FIELD

Aaron Judge

Charleston

CENTER FIELD

David Dahl

Asheville

LEFT FIELD

Victor Reyes

Rome

UTILITY OUTFIELDER

Dominique Taylor

Lexington

UTILITY OUTFIELDER

Tyler Horan

Augusta

DESIGNATED HITTER

Correlle Prime

Asheville

TRAINER

Billy Whitehead

Asheville

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