Eight Drillers, including third baseman and slugger Nolan Arenado, will lead the North Division squad against the South at ONEOK Field. The South's Frisco RoughRiders, which also have a game-high eight players participating, will have the opportunity to hold the Drillers and their peers down: Four RoughRiders pitchers were named to the team, including starters Barret Loux (11-0) and Justin Grimm (8-3), who room together and are first and second in the league in wins.
If, however, the 2011 All-Star Gameis any indication, Tulsa will enjoy its home-field advantage. The Missions' James Darnwell was named MVP in the South's win last year in San Antonio.
In terms of prospects, the game will also be star-studded. The North's Arenado (Rockies), Jean Segura (Angels), Oscar Taveras and Kolten Wong (Cardinals) and the South's Jurickson Profar and Mike Olt (Rangers) and Jonathan Singleton (Astros) are all among MLB.com's Top 100 . Fellow heralded farmhands Jarred Cosart (Astros), Michael Choice and Sonny Gray (A's) weren't voted to the team, while Jedd Gyorko (Padres), Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi (Royals) likely would have made it if not for their recent promotions to the Pacific Coast League -- not mention Robbie Erlin (Padres), who is injured.
The rosters, which were announced Thursday afternoon, were selected by polling each division's managers and broadcasters.
|John Whittleman||1B||NW Arkansas|
|Nolan Arenado||3B||NW Arkansas|
|Yem Prades||OF||NW Arkansas|
|Carlo Testa||OF||NW Arkansas|
|Christian Colon||DH||NW Arkansas|
|Patrick Keating||RHP||NW Arkansas|
|Justin Marks||LHP||NW Arkansas|
|Dave Schuler||Pitching Coach||Tulsa|
|Kevin Riggs||Batting Coach||Tulsa|
|Austin O'Shea||Athletic Trainer||Tulsa|
|Ali Solis||C||San Antonio|
|Nate Freiman||1B||San Antonio|
|Jose Martinez||2B||Corpus Christi|
|Jonathan Singleton||DH||Corpus Christi|
|Dean Anna||INF||San Antonio|
|Jonathan Villar||INF||Corpus Christi|
|Kevin Chapman||LHP||Corpus Christi|
|Brett Oberholtzer||LHP||Corpus Christi|
|Jason Stoffel||RHP||Corpus Christi|
|John Gibbons||Manager||San Antonio|
|Tom Tornicasa||Coach||San Antonio|
|Nathan Stewart||Athletic Trainer||San Antonio|
** Midland's Shane Peterson was named to replace injured Austin Wates of Corpus Christi as a starter. Midland's Conner Crumbliss was named to replace Shane Peterson as the reserve outfielder.