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 (#).


Coastal Plain League 2014 East All-Star Roster
Position Name Team Ht. Wt. School Yr.
C Lane Paul* Fayetteville 5-11 210 Murray State Fr.
C Alex Close Peninsula 6-3 230 Liberty Jr.
1B Taylor Ostrich* Peninsula 6-3 215 Old Dominion Jr.
1B Seth LaRue Wilson 6-1 200 Campbell Jr.
2B Ryan Raslowsky* Edenton 5-9 170 Cal State Northridge Jr.
2B P.J. Higgins Peninsula 5-11 175 Campbell Jr.
SS Andres Nelo* Peninsula 5-8 165 Lee 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 Jeremy Wolf* Petersburg 6-3 200 Trinity So.
OF Orlando Olivera* Edenton 6-0 220 Missouri Baptist Jr.
OF Norm Donkin Fayetteville 6-0 195 Delaware State Jr.
OF Nate Moorhouse Wilmington 5-8 185 Mercer 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.
LHP Brandon Vick Peninsula 6-6 215 Longwood 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.
RHP Josh Roeder Edenton 5-11 180 Nebraska Jr.


Coastal Plain League 2014 West All-Star Roster
Position Name Team Ht. Wt. School Yr.
C Chris Robinson* Gastonia 5-10 180 Morehead State RS-Jr.
C Austin Bossart Asheboro 6-2 210 Pennsylvania Jr.
1B Hunter Bryant* Forest City 6-4 235 UNC Asheville Jr.
1B Joseph Bialkowski Florence 6-3 180 Georgetown Fr.
2B Henry Rundio* Gastonia 6-0 175 Gardner-Webb Jr.
2B Alec Paradowski HP-Thomasville 5-8 165 Wofford So.
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.
3B Weston Wilson# HP-Thomasville 6-3 195 Clemson Fr.
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 Des Roberts* HP-Thomasville 6-1 205 Charlotte RS-Jr.
OF Weston Lawing Gatonia 6-3 220 Lander 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 Jared Cheek* Gastonia 5-11 180 Georgia Jr.
RHP Trevor Richards Asheboro 6-3 180 Drury Jr.
RHP Brock Goodling Forest City 6-2 195 Winthrop RS-So.
RHP Jacob Milliman Florence 6-5 235 Auburn Jr.
RHP Ryan Griffith Florence 5-11 175 Furman 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.