Villalona among Giants' seven Single-A All-Stars

Villalona among Giants' seven Single-A All-Stars
June 7, 2013, 4:15 pm
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Angel Villalona is currently tied for the California League lead with 14 home runs and has a team leading 36 RBI. (AP)

SAN JOSE -- The California League and Carolina League announced their All-Star rosters today in anticipation of the 2013 California-Carolina League All-Star Game at Municipal Stadium on June 18. Voting for each league was completed by the two leagues' managers, general managers and select media members.

The San Jose Giants received the most players on either roster as seven players were selected to take the field for the California League. Left-handed pitchers Ty Blach, Edwin Escobar and Josh Osich, first baseman Angel Villalona and catcher Jeff Arnold will all take the field at Municipal Stadium on June 18. Right-handed pitcher Hunter Strickland and infielder Ryan Cavan were also both selected to the team, but will be unable to participate due to injury. The Giants are joined by the Visalia Rawhide (4), Lancaster JetHawks (3) and High Desert Mavericks (3) as teams who received multiple players on the California League roster.

Blach (6-2, 3.02 ERA) and Escobar (3.62 ERA, 64 SO) have anchored a strong San Jose starting rotation, while Osich (1-0, 1.27 ERA, 6 SV) has served as a late-inning shutdown arm out of the bullpen. On offense, Angel Villalona will start for the California League as the designated hitter. He is currently tied for the California League lead with 14 home runs and has a team leading 36 RBIs. Behind the plate, Jeff Arnold has been the signal-caller for the league's best pitching staff while maintaining a batting average above .270 with nine home runs. Despite being unable to participate in the All-Star Game because of injury, both Hunter Strickland (0.86 ERA, 9 SV) and Ryan Cavan (.313 AVG, 13 2B, 31 RBI) have had standout performances in the first half.

"I am extremely honored and excited to be leading the California League in the 17th California-Carolina League All-Star Game at Municipal Stadium", said California League and San Jose Giants Manager Andy Skeels. "With five San Jose Giants on the active roster and many other top prospects, I look forward to this team taking the field against the Carolina League."

The 2013 California-Carolina League All-Star Game will be played in San Jose, CA at Municipal Stadium, the home of the San Jose Giants. It will mark the first time that the team has hosted this event. Baseball's top prospects, representing 18 Major League teams and 18 Minor League affiliates, will descend upon Municipal Stadium on June 18 as two of the nation's elite Class-A Advanced leagues matchup in the 17th California-Carolina League All-Star Game. After last year's 9-1 victory by the Carolina League in Winston-Salem, N.C., the two Class-A Advanced circuits are deadlocked in the game's history with identical 7-7-2 records.

Courtesy San Jose Giants media services

 

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