2016 COASTAL PLAIN LEAGUE ALL-STAR EAST AND WEST ROSTERS ANNOUNCED
HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C.
The Coastal Plain League announced today the rosters for the 2016 All-Star Game to be held in Fayetteville, N.C. at J.P. Riddle Stadium. This marks the 18th year the CPL has played an all-star game, with last year’s ending in a 4-4 tie between the East and the West.
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 Fayetteville SwampDogs home ballpark, the East All-Stars will be the home team while the West All-Stars will serve as the visitors.
For the third straight year, the CPL will turn to its fans to select their favorite of five candidates for the East and West All-Star teams respectively. In the East, Chad Frazier (Wilson and Concord), Trey Vickers (Fayetteville and Wichita State), Devin Ruiz (Holly Springs and UNC Greensboro), Kyle McPherson (Peninsula and James Madison) and Chris Graham (Wilmington and UNC Greensboro) earned a spot on the final vote ballot. In the West, Jackson Mims (Gastonia and Charlotte), Ivan Acuna (Martinsville and Winston-Salem State), Jordan Wren (Lexington County and Georgia Southern), Ryan Colombo (Asheboro and Drury) and Daniel Sullivan (High Point-Thomasville and Gardner-Webb) were named finalists.
The Fan Final will take place over a 24-hour period from Tuesday, July 5, at 3 p.m. to Wednesday, July 6, at 3 p.m. Any votes cast after the 3 p.m. time period will not be counted. Once votes are tabulated, the Fan Final Vote winners will be announced and added to the official roster. Below you will see one additional DH/UTL spot empty, this is where the Fan’s Final Vote winners will be placed.
The team is comprised of players voted in by head coaches, broadcasters and media representatives from all 16 CPL teams. Of those, three were CPL Players of the Week during the first half of the season: reserve West starting catcher Zac Almond (Week three), East starting outfielder Will Shepherd (East week four) and West starting outfielder Jameson Hannah (Week Five).
The West will be led by four of the top five hitters by batting average in the league with Brett Auckland of Lexington County leading the way with a .444 average through 20 games played. The junior out of Presbyterian has been a force for the Blowfish all year having notched four doubles and three home runs to go along with 16 RBI, 49 total bases and a .605 slugging percentage. He is joined in the top five of batting average by Carson Jackson (HP-Thomasville / High Point), Logan Moody (Savannah / Georgia) and Jameson Hannah (Savannah / Dallas Baptist.)
On the mound the West will be led by Brady Feigl of the Asheboro Copperheads as he will get the starting nod and pitch the first two innings on Monday. Feigl, a redshirt-freshman at Mississippi, currently holds a 2.08 ERA over four starts and five appearances with a 2-1 record and 21 strikeouts over 21 2/3 innings pitcher for a .228 opponent’s batting average.
Meanwhile the East offense is dominated by power hitters, with two of the top three slugging percentages, and four of the top five in home run hitters all coming from the East. Both Alec Bohm (Wichita State) of Wilmington and Trey Hair (Evansville) of Edenton lead the league with eight home runs. Bohm also sits second in RBIs with 30, trailing his fellow East teammate Will Shepherd (Liberty) of the Peninsula Pilots who has 31.
Taking the mound as the starting pitcher in the East will be Mike Castellani of the Wilmington Sharks who currently leads the league in earned run average (1.97), innings pitched (45.2) and wins (6). In total the Bucknell junior has a 6-1 record over seven starts with 34 strikeouts and a .214 opponent’s batting average. Castellani will pitch the first two innings of Monday’s game while the remaining seven pitches on the East will pitch one inning each.
In addition to those players, the rosters are stocked full of talent elsewhere as well, including multiple other category leaders: Dillon Stewart, Holly Springs (.640 slugging pct), Brett Auckland, Lexington County (On-base pct.), T.J. Nichting, Asheboro (27 runs scored), T.J. Nichting, Asheboro (43 hits), T.J. Nichting, Asheboro (63 total bases), Mark Donadio, Wilmington (21 walks), David Marriggi, Fayetteville (.188 opponent’s batting avg.), Connor Riley, Wilmington (59 batters struck out), Bryan Blanton, Asheboro (seven saves), David Marriggi, Fayetteville (16 hits allowed) and Steven Bower, High Point-Thomasville (six earned runs allowed).
In addition to the All-Star game, the Fayetteville SwampDogs and Coastal Plain League will host a fan fest with entertainment and home run derby on the night of Sunday July 10. Home Run Derby contestants will be announced later this week.
The game will be broadcast live on the Time Warner SportsChannel as well as streamed live online at www.coastalplain.com
The East versus West All-Star Game will take place the following night, Monday July 11, the full rosters can be found below, with exception of the pending Fan Final Vote player. Starters are noted by asterisks (*).
Coastal Plain League 2016 East All-Star Roster
Position Name Team Ht. Wt. School Yr. C *Hunter Dolshun Fayetteville 6-1 245 Maryland-Baltimore County Jr. C Franco Guardascione Peninsula 6-0 210 Jacksonville Jr. 1B *Darien Carpenter Peninsula 6-1 220 Virginia Commonwealth Jr. 1B Matt Lahn Fayetteville 5-11 200 Lock Haven Jr. 2B *Trey Hair Edenton 5’9 175 Evansville Jr. 2B Ryan Cox Petersburg 6-1 180 Kutztown Jr. 2B Christian Campbell Morehead City 6-2 185 Rutgers Jr. SS *Cletis Avery Wilmington 5-10 185 Presbyterian Jr. SS Cole Austin Peninsula 6’1 220 West Virginia Jr. 3B *Alec Bohm Wilmington 6-5 230 Wichita State Fr. 3B Cameron Balego Wilson 6-0 200 Mercyhurst Jr. DH/UTL *Kurt Sinnen Peninsula 5-11 200 Old Dominion Jr. DH/UTL Bobby Schuman Edenton 6-3 210 CSU-Northridge RS-Jr. DH/UTL TBD by Fan Final Vote OF *Will Shepherd Peninsula 5-10 195 Liberty Jr. OF *Tyler Weyenburg Morehead City 5-9 175 Presbyterian Jr. OF *James Latona Wilson 6’1 195 Mercyhurst Jr. OF Mark Donadio Wilmington 6-0 195 Fordham Jr. OF Richard Cunningham Edenton 5-10 185 Baylor RS-Fr. OF Dillon Stewart Holly Springs 6-1 200 UNC Greensboro Jr. OF CJ Ballard Wilson 6-0 185 Georgia Southern Fr. LHP *Mike Castallani Wilmington 6-4 185 Bucknell Jr. RHP Luke Watts Morehead City 6-3 220 Appalachian State So. RHP Perry DellaValle Edenton 6-0 185 Seton Hill So. RHP Jake Lewis Wilson 6-2 205 UNC Greensboro Fr. RHP Ryan Kelly Wilmington 6-4 210 Saint Joseph’s Jr. LHP Devin Hemmerick Peninsula 6-2 190 Norfolk State Jr. LHP David Marriggi Fayetteville 5-9 160 Towson So. RHP Connor Riley Wilmington 5-11 190 USC Aiken Jr.
Coastal Plain League 2016 West All-Star Roster
Position Name Team Ht. Wt. School Yr. C *Zachary Almond HP-Thomasville 6-3 205 Catawba So. C Adan Ordonez Forest City 5-8 170 North Carolina A&T So. 1B *Logan Moody Savannah 6-3 205 Georgia Fr. 1B Collin Fleischer Martinsville 6-2 220 Virginia Military Institute So. 2B *Zachary Files Florence 6-3 210 Florida International Jr. 2B Joshua Smith Martinsville 5-11 180 Grand Valley State So. SS *Colin Rosenbaum Asheboro 6-0 180 Belmont Abbey So. SS Adam Renwick Lexington County 6-2 180 Clemson So. 3B *Connor Lind Asheboro 6-0 210 Northwestern So. 3B Matt Simmons Gastonia 6-1 215 Gardner-Webb Jr. DH/UTL *Carson Jackson HP-Thomasville 6-1 215 High Point So. DH/UTL Clay Dungan Savannah 6-0 180 Indiana State Fr. DH/UTL TBD by Fan Final Vote OF *Brett Auckland Lexington County 5-8 185 Presbyterian Jr. OF *T.J. Nichting Asheboro 5-11 185 Charlotte Jr. OF *Jameson Hannah Savannah 5-10 185 Dallas Baptist Fr. OF Clint Hardy Savannah 6-1 215 Augusta Jr. OF Kyle Smith Asheboro 6-0 190 Catawba So. OF Brad Jarreau High Point-Thomasville 5-10 185 Middle Tennessee State Jr.*********** OF Chris Singleton Lexington County 6-1 175 Charleston Southern So. OF Reece Hampton Florence 170 Charlotte Fr. RHP *Brady Feigl Asheboro 6-4 220 Mississippi RS-Fr. LHP Steven Bower HP-Thomasville 6-2 225 North Georgia Fr. RHP Beau Sulser Savannah 6-2 195 Dartmouth Jr. RHP Ryan Hedrick Lexington County 5-11 185 Presbyterian So. RHP Chaz Miller Forest City 6-0 185 Bluefield College Jr. RHP Barrett Loseke Gastonia 6-1 195 Arkansas Fr. RHP Taylor Sugg HP-Thomasville 6-2 170 North Carolina Fr.**************** RHP Bryan Blanton Asheboro 5-11 190 Catawba So.