Five Columbia Fireflies players will have a chance to play at home in the South Atlantic League All-Star game.
Infielder Michael Paez, first baseman Dash Winningham and pitchers Jordan Humphreys, Merandy Gonzalez and Max Kuhn were picked for the June 20 game to be held at Spirit Communications Park, the home of the Fireflies.
Fireflies’ Jose Leger will be the manager for the South squad and will be joined by pitching coach Jonathan Hurst and strength and conditioning coach Tanner Miracle. Kiyoshi Tada will be the trainer.
Paez leads the team with a .306 average and six homers and 33 RBI. He is tied for the league lead with 19 doubles. Winningham, a fan, favorite, leads the team with seven homers and 38 RBI.
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Humphreys leads the league with eight wins and a 1.40 ERA. Gonzalez is tied for second in wins with seven and a 1.73 ERA. Kuhns is 1-0 with a 2.38 ERA and three saves.
Former Gilbert and Coastal Carolina standout Mike Morrison also will be back in the Midlands for the game. Morrison, a pitcher with the Kannapolis Intimidators, was selected on the North squad and is second in the league with eight saves.
Tim Tebow was on the fan vote but wasn’t selected. There is a chance Tebow might participate in the home run derby June 19. The home run derby lineup and rosters for the celebrity all-star game will be released this week.
South Atlantic League All-Star Rosters
Manager: Patrick Anderson, Hagerstown
Coaches: Sam Narron, Hagerstown, Amaury Garcia, Hagerstown
Pitchers: Nick Fanti, Lakewood; Trevor Bettencourt, Lakewood; Alec Hansen, Kannapolis; Jimmy Lambert, Kannapolis; McKenzie Mills, Hagerstown; Mike Morrison, Kannapolis; JoJo Romero, Lakewood; Ranger Suarez, Lakewood; Cam Vieaux, West Virginia; Tyler Watson, Hagerstown; Alex Wells, Delmarva
Catchers: Seby Zavala, Kannapolis; Edgar Cabral, Lakewood; Ricardo Valencia, Hickory
First Baseman: Aldrem Corredor, Hagerstown
Second Baseman: Trae Arbet, West Virginia,
Third Baseman: James Nelson, Greensboro
Shortstop: Carter Kieboom, Hagerstown
Utility Infielders: Chris Clare, Delmarva; Sheldon Neuse, Hagerstown
Right Field: Daniel Johnson, Hagerstown
Center Field: Jake Ring, Delmarva
Left Field: Ty Moore, West Virginia
Utility Outfielders: Joel Booker, Kannapolis, Yanio Perez, Hickory
Designated Hitter: Boo Vazquez, Greensboro
Trainer: Takayuki, Sakurai, Lakewood
Manager: Jose Leger, Columbia
Coaches: Wilton Veras, Greenville; Jonathan Hurst, Columbia; Tanner Miracle, Columbia
Pitchers: Jordan Humphreys, Columbia; Logan Boyd, Greenville; Merandy Gonzalez, Columbia; J.D. Hammer, Asheville; Brian Keller, Charleston; Max Kuhns, Columbia; Domenix Mazza, Augusta; Stephen Nogosek, Greenville; Alejandro Requeno, Asheville; Jace Vines, Lexington; Bryse Wilson, Rome
Catchers: Brett Cumberland, Rome; Roldani Baldwin, Greenville; Donny Sands, Charleston
First Baseman: Dash Winningham, Columbia
Second Baseman: Michael Paez, Columbia
Third Baseman: Colton Welker, Asheville
Shortstop: Jose Gomez, Asheville
Utility Infielders: Kelvin Beltre, Augusta, Hoy Jun Park, Charleston
Right Field: Randy Ventura, Rome
Center Field: Christian Pache, Rome
Left Field: Kort Peterson, Lexington
Utility Outfielders: Vince Fernandez, Ashevillel Blake Rutherford, Charleston
Designated Hitter: Max George, Asheville
Trainer: Kiyoshi Tada, Columbia