The Southern League's 38th All-Star game will be held at AT&T Field Tuesday, June 17, at 7:15 p.m. with gates opening at 5 p.m. This is the first time the Lookouts have hosted the event since 2004.
Home Run Derby: The Home Run Derby at Engel Stadium Monday, June 16, at 7 p.m. with gates opening at 5:00 p.m. Prior to the Home Run Derby the Lookouts will also host a Fan Fest at Engel Stadium that will feature an autograph session from the North and South Division All-Stars.
All-Star Luncheon: Along with the All-Star Game, the Lookouts will hold a luncheon to recognize the All-Stars, coaches, managers and umpires. This special event is open to the public. The luncheon is noon Tuesday, June 17 at the Chattanooga Convention Center and feature former Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop and 1962 National League MVP Maury Wills as the guest speaker. All proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the RBI Program of Chattanooga. Tickets for this special event are $30 and for more information about the Luncheon please contact All-Star Game Coordinator Morgan Billups by email, or by phone at 423-267-2208.
Huntsville, which ran away with the first-half North Division title, will send eight players.
The most outstanding player of the first-half is Cubs No. 2 prospect Kris Bryant. He leads the league in average (.351), on-base percentage (.455), slugging percentage (.688), homers (18) and RBIs (49). He's an easy choice to start at third base for the North Division.
The Lookouts will be represented by six players: infielders Darnell Sweeney, O'Koyea Dickson and outfielder Scott Schebler, along with pitchers Chris Reed, Tyson Brummett, and Juan Ramon Noriega
The South Division side is not without some big names of its own, especially on the pitching side.
Robert Stephenson, the Reds' top and MLB.com's No. 16 overall prospect, makes the squad after posting a 3.39 ERA with 67 strikeouts in 12 appearances (12 games). The Marlins placed top-four prospects and Jacksonville left-handers Andrew Heaney (4-2, 2.35 ERA) and Justin Nicolino (5-2, 3.23 ERA) on the staff, although the former won't appear in the All-Star Game itself after being promoted to Triple-A New Orleans in late May.
The South Division's starting corner infielders will both come from Mobile and will bring plenty of teeth to the order. First baseman Jon Griffin, who homered four times in one game May 21, trails only Bryant for the league lead with 13 dingers this season, while third baseman Jake Lamb sits behind the Smokies slugger with a second-best .963 OPS.
Here are the rest of the Southern League All-Stars:
North Division All-Stars
Kevan Smith* C Birmingham CWS
Shawn Zarraga C Huntsville MIL
Nick Ramirez* 1B Huntsville MIL
Darnell Sweeney* 2B Chattanooga LAD
Kris Bryant* 3B Tennessee CHC
Ketel Marte* SS Jackson SEA
O'Koyea Dickson UT INF Chattanooga LAD
Michael Earley* OF Birmingham CWS
Josh Prince OF Huntsville MIL
Josh Richmond OF Birmingham CWS
Scott Schebler* OF Chattanooga LAD
Trayce Thompson OF Birmingham CWS
Jason Rogers* DH Huntsville MIL
Tyson Brummett RHP Chattanooga LAD
Hunter Cervenka LHP Tennessee CHC
Tyler Cravy* RHP Huntsville MIL
Drew Gagnon RHP Huntsville MIL
David Goforth RHP Huntsville MIL
Stephen Kohlscheen RHP Jackson SEA
Mayckol Guaipe RHP Jackson SEA
Juan Ramon Noriega RHP Chattanooga LAD
Chris Reed LHP Chattanooga LAD
Armando Rivero RHP Tennessee CHC
Brent Suter LHP Huntsville MIL
Cody Winiarski RHP Birmingham CWS
Tennessee C Rafael Lopez, OF John Andreoli, 2B Stephen Bruno and RHP Corey Black, Chattanooga OF Jeremy Hazelbaker and Huntsville P Taylor Jungmann and Arcenio Leon were first-team selections, but are unavailable due to promotion or injury.
South Division All-Stars
Matt Kennelly C Mississippi ATL
Luke Maile* C Montgomery TB
Jon Griffin* 1B Mobile ARI
Ryan Brett* 2B Montgomery TB
Jake Lamb* 3B Mobile ARI
Elmer Reyes* SS Mississippi ATL
Sean Jamieson UTL IF Mobile ARI
Mycal Jones* OF Mississippi ATL
Taylor Motter* OF Montgomery TB
Yorman Rodriguez OF Mobile ARI
Brady Shoemaker* OF Jacksonville MIA
Steve Selsky UTL OF Pensacola CIN
Rey Navarro* DH Pensacola CIN
Jake Barrett RHP Mobile ARI
Blake Cooper RHP Mobile ARI
Santiago Garrido RHP Montgomery TB
James Hoyt RHP Mississippi ATL
Michael Lorenzen RHP Pensacola CIN
Victor Mateo RHP Montgomery TB
A.J. Schugel RHP Mobile ARI
Justin Nicolino LHP Jacksonville MIA
Aaron Northcraft RHP Mississippi ATL
Williams Perez* RHP Mississippi ATL
Robert Stephenson RHP Pensacola CIN
Jose Urena RHP Jacksonville MIA