Lookouts Prepare To Host Southern League All-Star Game And Home Run Derby

HR Derby Monday at Engel Stadium; All-Star game Tueday at AT&T Field

Sunday, June 15, 2014

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. 

North Division

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

South Division

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

CATCHERS                 
Kevan Smith*        C     Birmingham     CWS
Shawn Zarraga     C     Huntsville     MIL

INFIELDERS                 
 
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

OUTFIELDERS                 

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

DESIGNATED HITTER                 

Jason Rogers*         DH     Huntsville     MIL

PITCHERS                 

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
* Starter

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

CATCHERS                 

Matt Kennelly     C     Mississippi     ATL
Luke Maile*        C     Montgomery     TB

INFIELDERS                 

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

OUTFIELDERS                 

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

DESIGNATED HITTERS

Rey Navarro*              DH     Pensacola     CIN

PITCHERS                 

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
* Starter

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