At any level of professional baseball, participating in a midsummer classic signifies that your career in headed in the right direction. For those playing in the New York-Penn League, the honor represents the first vestige of success and justification within a fledgling career. On Saturday, those tokens of recognition were rewarded proudly for dozens in the New York-Penn League after the rosters were announced for the upcoming All-Star Game at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Maryland on Tuesday August 18th.

The coaching staffs for the North and South All-Stars will be comprised of members of the host Aberdeen Ironbirds and the Lowell Spinners. Former Detroit Tigers manager Luis Pujols, Calvin Pickering, Shawn McGill, and Justin Lord will coach the South All-Stars, representing the Aberdeen Irobirds. Former major leaguers Joe Oliver and Lance Carter will coach the North All-Stars, alongside fellow Lowell Spinners coaches Luke Morton and Iggy Suarez.

The Williamsport Crosscutters, the short-season affiliate of the Philadephia Phillies, sporting the league’s best record, will send eight players to the midsummer classic, pacing the circuit. Pitcher Mitch Gueller, a first round draft pick of the Phillies in 2012 will be making his second consecutive All-Star appearance, after participating in last year’s affair at MCU Park in Brooklyn, New York. Gueller is the highest selection on either team and will headline the South roster. Other notable All-Stars for the South squad include Staten Island Yankees outfielder Jhalan Jackson. A seventh round pick out of Division II Florida Southern, Jackson currently leads the Baby Bombers with home runs and RBI and will be joined by teammates, Luis Cedeno, Junior Valera, and Thairo Estrada. Third Baseman Nathan Winfrey, a 28th round pick of the Cleveland Indians is the lowest selection for the North All-Stars and will be one of two Mahoning Valley Scrappers in Aberdeen.

The Hudson Valley Renegades and the Batavia Muckdogs, affiliates of the Tampa Bay Rays and the Miami Marlins, pace the North All-Stars with ten of the 28 players selected for their squad. Jake Cronenworth, a former two-way player at the University of Michigan is currently fifth in the New York-Penn League in batting with a .322 average in his first season exclusively as a second baseman. Cronenworth will be joined by Renegades teammate Roel Ramirez, who ranks third in the New York-Penn League with a 2.22 earned run average in eight starts, as well as Cade Gotta, Joe McCarthy, and Angel Yepez. Nestor Bautista, a 32nd round pick of the Miami Marlins, representing the Batavia Muckdogs is currently leads in the New-York Penn League in ERA among qualifiers, despite being the lowest drafted player on either side. Tyler Alexander, a second round pick of the Detroit Tigers out of TCU, is the highest drafted player on the North roster and is currently holding batters to a microscopic .082 average and a 0.45 WHIP in seven starts for the Connecticut Tigers.

Below is a full list of the 2015 New York-Penn League All-Stars

NORTH

NAME POS TEAM MLB ORG
PITCHERS
Tyler Alexander LHP Connecticut DET
Nestor Bautista LHP Batavia MIA
Steven Farnworth RHP Batavia MIA
Edwar Garcia RHP Lowell BOS
Jordan Halloway RHP Batavia MIA
Roel Ramirez RHP Hudson Valley TB
Drew Smith RHP Connecticut DET
Spenser Watkins RHP Connecticut DET
Alex Winkelman LHP Tri-City HOU
Angel Yepez RHP Hudson Valley TB
CATCHERS
Will Allen C Connecticut DET
Nick Collins C Vermont OAK
INFIELDERS
Victor Acosta 3B Lowell BOS
Jake Cronenworth 2B Hudson Valley TB
Chad De La Guerra 2B Lowell BOS
Kelvin Gutierrez 3B Auburn WAS
Brad Haynal 1B Batavia MIA
Josh Ockimey 1B Lowell BOS
Anfernee Seymour SS Batavia MIA
Bobby Wernes 3B Tri-City HOU
OUTFIELDERS
Seth Brown OF Vermont OAK
Stone Garrett OF Batavia MIA
Cade Gotta OF Hudson Valley TB
Joe McCarthy OF Hudson Valley TB
Victor Padron OF Connecticut DET
Pat Porter OF Tri-City HOU
DESIGNATED HITTERS
Luis Alexander Basabe DH Lowell BOS
Dexture McCall DH Tri-City HOU

SOUTH

NAME POS TEAM MLB ORG
PITCHERS
Dario Agrazal RHP West Virginia PIT
Gaby Almonte RHP Brooklyn NYM
Alejandro Arteaga RHP Williamsport PHI
Landon Beck RHP State College STL
Luis Cedeno RHP Staten Island NYY
Mitch Gueller RHP Williamsport PHI
Ryan Meisinger RHP Aberdeen BAL
Alex Palsha RHP Brooklyn NYM
Juan Perez RHP State College STL
Robert Tasin RHP Williamsport PHI
CATCHERS
Austin Bossart C Williamsport PHI
Daniel Salters C Mahoning Valley CLE
INFIELDERS
Ricardo Andujar SS Aberdeen BAL
Daniel Arribas 3B West Virginia PIT
Casey Grayson 1B State College STL
Brendon Hayden 1B Williamsport PHI
Leobaldo Pina SS State College STL
Vincent Siena 2B Brooklyn NYM
Josh Tobias 2B Williamsport PHI
Nathan Winfrey 3B Mahoning Valley CLE
OUTFIELDERS
Zachary Coppola OF Williamsport PHI
Logan Hill OF West Virginia PIT
Jhalan Jackson OF Staten Island NYY
Ty Moore OF West Virginia PIT
Michael Pritchard OF State College STL
Junior Valera OF Staten Island NYY
DESIGNATED HITTERS
Thairo Estrada DH Staten Island NYY
Mark Laird DH Williamsport PHI

Chart courtesy of MiLB.com

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