This past week, coaches and league officials voted on the players who they believe have shined the brightest through the first half of the summer. The ballots are in and the 2011 Florida League All-Stars have been selected.
Some of the notable selections for the two All-Star teams are Leesburg's Thomas Sicking (Texas Pan-American) who leads the Florida League in hitting (.423 avg, 11 RBI), Winter Park's Teddy Blackman (Lake Brantley High School, Coastal Carolina: .377 avg, .563 obp, 14 SB), the Florida League's leader in wins, Jeremy Strawn (former River Rat, State College of Florida: 3-0, 2.02 ERA), and Nic Kovacs (Lake Sumter: 2-1, 13:1 strikeout to walk ratio).
The All-Stars will be divided into a North team and a South team. Coach David Therneau of Leesburg will head the All-Star North squad comprised of players from Sanford, DeLand and Leesburg, while Diamond Dawg head coach Kevin Davidson will lead the All-Star South team made up of players from Orlando, Winter Haven and Winter Park.
Here are the starters and reserves for the 2011 Florida League All-Star Game:
Pitcher _ Austin Jackson, DeLand Suns (Florida Southern)
Catcher _ Mike Albaladejo, Leesburg Lightning (Florida Atlantic)
1B _ Kevin Lindheim, Suns (Stetson University)
2B _ JT Warmoth, Suns (Lake Brantley High School, Embry-Riddle)
SS _ Jacob Tillotson, Lightning (Florida)
3B _ Thomas Sicking, Lightning (Texas Pan-American)
LF _ Alex Mendez, Sanford River Rats (South Florida)
CF _ Steven Bellantoni, Suns (USC- Aiken)
RF _ Brett Knief, who is not available for the game, Suns (Stetson University)
Catcher _ Ryan Woodrey, River Rats (Nova Southeastern)
Infielders _ TJ Gavlik, River Rats (North Florida); Aaron Silbar, Suns (Columbia)
Outfielders _ Hunter Mayfield, Lightning (Rollins College); Johnny Mazur, River Rats (Florida Tech); James Ramsay, River Rats (South Florida)
Pitchers _ Ethan Bader, Lightning (Lake-Sumter CC); Max Rusch, Lightning (Flagler College); Dylan Hathcock, Lightning (UNC-Greensboro); Dylan Ortega, Lightning (Brevard CC); Chad Rood, Suns (Stetson University); Adam Albers, River Rats (St. Leo University); Taylor Smith, River Rats (Rollins College).
SOUTH ALL STARS
Pitcher _ Jeremy Strawn, Winter Park Diamond Dawgs (State College of FL)
Catcher _ Austin Chubb, Diamond Dawgs (Lake Mary High, River Rats, Florida Southern)
1B _ BJ Zimmerman, Diamond Dawgs (River Rats, State College of FL)
2B _ Anthony Caronia, Orlando Freedom (University of Tampa)
SS _ Dustin Demuth, Diamond Dawgs (Indiana University)
3B _ Kevin Lehane, Freedom (Jacksonville)
LF _ Michael Danner, Diamond Dawgs (Polk State College)
CF _ Teddy Blackman, Diamond Dawgs (Lake Brantley High, Coastal Carolina)
RF _ Sam Halpern, Winter Haven Loggerheads (Barry University)
Catcher _ Matt Mattone, Freedom (Palm Beach State)
Infielders _ Michael Heller, Loggerheads (Miami-Dade); Kevin Clements, Loggerheads (Trinity University)
Outfielders _ Zach Houck, Freedom (Jacksonville); Justin Burgess, Loggerheads (Montevallo)
Pitchers _ Chad Modomo, Diamond Dawgs (WV Wesleyan); Garrett Nuss, Freedom (UCF); Ben Brown, Diamond Dawgs (State College of FL); Peter Miller, Loggerheads (Florida State); Chris Waltermire, Diamond Dawgs (Polk State College); Brady Rodriguez, Loggerheads (Abilene Christian); Taylor Hammond, Freedom (Samford); Edward Brandsema, Freedom (Montevallo)
The Homerun Derby contestants have also been determined for Tuesday's long ball contest.
* Kevin Lindheim, Suns (Stetson University)
* Andre Colon, Suns (Lynn University)
* Mike Miller, Lightning (Dallas Baptist)
* Chase Durham, Lightning (Howard College)
* Matt Mattone, Freedom (Palm Beach State)
* Kevin Lehane, Freedom (Jacksonville)
* Ian MacGeorge, River Rats (Embry-Riddle)
* James Ramsay, River Rats (South Florida)
* Cody Slaughter, Loggerheads (Brown University)
* Sam Halpern, Loggerheads (Barry University)
* BJ Zimmerman, Diamond Dawgs (State College of FL)
* Brad Hutton, Diamond Dawgs (Ohio State)
The gates at Historic Sanford Memorial Stadium will open at 4 p.m. and the Home Run Derby will start at 6 p.m. The All Star game is set to begin shortly after at 7 p.m.
The cost is $5 per person, with kids 6-and-Under free.
If you cannot make it out to Historic Sanford Memorial Stadium, you will still have a chance to enjoy the All-Star game. Aaron Vargas will call the game online at FloridaLeague.com and Brighthouse Sports Network will televise the game as well.
Brighthouse sports anchor David Baumann will have the call along with former All-Star and St. Louis Cardinal outfielder Ray Lankford and former Colorado Rockies outfielder Dante Bichette, who will bring Major League insight into the booth.
The Florida League would like to invite kids above eight years old to come out and shag fly balls during the Homerun Derby. If you know of kids or youth teams that would like a chance to play the outfield and field fly balls hit by the top homerun hitters in the Florida League, please email Brandon Kline at email@example.com or call him at 301-524-7187.
For more information on the All-Star festivities, complete stats, or any Florida League information please visit FloridaLeague.com.