The Coastal Plain League announced today the rosters for the 2014 All-Star game to be held in Morehead City, N.C. July 13-14 at Big Rock Stadium. This marks the 16th year the CPL has played an all-star game with last year’s being won by the East in Hampton, Va.
Players are separated by division and will be competing in front over a large contingency of scouts as well as fans. Since the game is being played in the Morehead City Marlins home ballpark, the East All-Stars will be the home team while the West All-Stars will serve as the visitors.
For the first time, the CPL turned to its fans to select their favorite of five candidates for the East and West All-Star teams respectively. The fan response was outstanding as over 3,000 fans voted in a 24-hour period. In the East, Jason Blum (Fayetteville), Justin Novak (Petersburg), Kyle Carroll (Morehead City), Michael Montville (Wilmington), and Sam Tidaback (Peninsula) earned a spot on the final vote ballot. In the West, Rouric Bridgewater (Asheboro), Devin Wenzel (Forest City), JD Crowe (Columbia), Steven Pallares (Forest City), and Jared Allen (HP-Thomasville) were named finalists.
In the East, Morehead City’s Kyle Carroll (Jefferson College) was the leading vote getter with 854 votes. Fayetteville’s Jason Blum (Southeast Missouri State) finished second with 611 votes. Meanwhile, in the West, Asheboro’s Rouric Bridgewater (Grand Canyon) finished with the lead after receiving 566 votes. Columbia’s JD Crowe (Francis Marion) took second with 279 votes.
With their Fan Final Vote selections, Carroll and Bridgewater have earned a spot as 2014 CPL All-Stars. Further, and due to two injuries to selected All-Stars Taylor Nichols (Wilson / Louisiana Tech) in the East and Weston Wilson (HPThomasville / Clemson) in the West; the CPL has decided to reward Blum and Crowe to fill those spots. Thus, Carroll will start at designated hitter/utility player and Blum as his reserve for the East All-Stars; while Bridgewater will go in as the reserve third baseman and Crowe as the reserve designated hitter/utility player for the West All-Stars.
Also on the team are the players originally voted in by head coaches, broadcasters and media representatives from all 14 CPL teams. Of those, five were 919 Marketing CPL Players of the Week during the first half of the season: starting West outfielder Anthony Marks (Week 2), reserve East first baseman Seth LeRue (Week 4), starting West pitcher Jared Cheek (Week 3), reserve East pitcher Josh Roeder (Week 4), and reserve East pitcher Christian Slazinik (Week 5).
The rosters are stocked full of talent elsewhere as well, including multiple category leaders: Anthony Marks (.398 avg. and .479 on-base %), Orlando Olivera (39 hits), Ben Schmucker (26 RBIs), Kyle Nowlin and Gene Cone (nine doubles), Garrett Brooks and Taylor Ostrich (three triples), Hunter Bryant (five home runs and 58 total bases), Steven Linkous (20 stolen bases), Gunner Kines (42 strikeouts), Ryan Griffith (seven wins), and Michael Morrison (12 saves).
Starting pitchers for the game will be Jared Cheek (Gastonia) of Georgia for the West, and Cal Quantrill (Morehead City) of Stanford for the East.
In addition to the All-Star game, the Morehead City Marlins and Coastal Plain League will host a fan fest with live entertainment and home run derby on the night of Sunday July 13. Home Run Derby contestants will be announced early next week.
The East versus West All-Star Game will take place the following night, Monday July 14 and the full rosters can be found below. Starters are noted by asterisks (*) and players that were named all-stars but are unable to attend are marked with a pound sign (#).
|C||Lane Paul*||Fayetteville||5-11||210||Murray State||Fr.|
|1B||Taylor Ostrich*||Peninsula||6-3||215||Old Dominion||Jr.|
|2B||Ryan Raslowsky*||Edenton||5-9||170||Cal State Northridge||Jr.|
|SS||Evan Rogers||Edenton||5-11||165||Mars Hill||So.|
|3B||Steven Linkous*||Wilmington||6-0||175||UNC Wilmington||So.|
|3B||Johnny Caputo||Morehead City||6-2||195||Stony Brook||Jr.|
|DH/UTL||Kyle Carroll*||Morehead City||6-2||190||Jefferson||So.|
|DH/UTL||Jason Blum||Fayetteville||6-0||180||Southeast Missouri State||Jr.|
|DH/UTL||Taylor Nichols#||Wilson||6-3||195||Louisiana Tech||Jr.|
|OF||Ben Schmucker*||Wilson||6-2||205||UNC Pembroke||Jr.|
|OF||Orlando Olivera*||Edenton||6-0||220||Missouri Baptist||Jr.|
|OF||Norm Donkin||Fayetteville||6-0||195||Delaware State||Jr.|
|OF||Kyle Kempf||Peninsula||5-10||180||Southern Indiana||RS-So.|
|OF||Garrett Brooks||Peninsula||5-9||185||East Carolina||So.|
|RHP||Cal Quantrill*||Morehead City||6-3||190||Stanford||Fr.|
|RHP||Christian Slazinik||Wilson||6-0||190||Eastern Illinois||RS-Jr.|
|LHP||Gunner Kines||Edenton||6-4||220||Mount Olive||Jr.|
|RHP||Jonathan Olczak||Wilmington||6-0||190||N.C. State||So.|
|RHP||Jordy Farthing||Fayetteville||6-5||220||Mount Olive||Jr.|
|RHP||Kyle Stout||Wilmington||6-0||190||Oral Roberts||Fr.|
|C||Chris Robinson*||Gastonia||5-10||180||Morehead State||RS-Jr.|
|1B||Hunter Bryant*||Forest City||6-4||235||UNC Asheville||Jr.|
|SS||Jordan Gore*||Florence||6-1||165||South Carolina||Fr.|
|SS||Joey Hawkins||Forest City||6-0||175||Missouri State||Jr.|
|3B||Allen Staton*||Columbia||5-10||190||North Greenville||Jr.|
|3B||Rouric Bridgewater||Asheboro||6-2||225||Grand Canyon||Jr.|
|DH/UTL||Gavin Stupienski*||Martinsville||6-2||215||UNC Wilmington||RS-Fr.|
|DH/UTL||JD Crowe||Columbia||6-0||210||Francis Marion||RS-So.|
|OF||Anthony Marks*||Asheboro||5-8||170||Coastal Carolina||So.|
|OF||Brandon Rawe*||Florence||6-2||190||Morehead State||Jr.|
|OF||Kyle Nowlin||Martinsville||6-0||220||Eastern Kentucky||So.|
|OF||Gene Cone||Florence||6-1||165||South Carolina||Fr.|
|OF||Chase Shelton||Columbia||6-5||230||Charleston Southern||Jr.|
|RHP||Brock Goodling||Forest City||6-2||195||Winthrop||RS-So.|
|RHP||Matt Smith||Forest City||6-4||225||Georgetown||So.|
|RHP||Michael Morrison Jr.||Florence||6-2||190||Coastal Carolina||Jr.|
|RHP||Craig Pearcy||Gastonia||6-1||180||Morehead State||RS-So.|