It was announced Thursday that Sacramento River Cats starting pitcher Graham Godfrey will take the ball first when the two leagues play the annual Triple-A exhibition on July 11 in Buffalo, N.Y. Godfrey is 7-0 with a 2.11 ERA in 11 starts for the Cats; this is his third season pitching for the Oakland A's top affiliate.
The PCL squad comprises 30 total ballplayers: 13 "elected" by club managers and general managers, media members and through online fan voting; 17 "selected" by the league office; and at least one from each of the 16 clubs. The Omaha Storm Chasers, Albuquerque Isotopes and Reno Aces each send a game-high four players to participate. Among the Aces are starting infielders Jake Elmore and Ryan Wheeler, who lead the circuit in batting (.390) and RBIs (72) respectively.
Also featured will be potential star-in-the-making Wil Myers. MLB.com's No. 14 overall prospect leads the Minors with 25 home runs; he has hit 12 since joining the Storm Chasers. Oklahoma City RedHawks veteran baseman Mike Hessman, who is 34 and a dozen years older than Myers, leads the PCL with 23 long balls and will start at first base.
2012 Pacific Coast League All-Star Team
|Adeiny Hechavarria*||SS||Las Vegas||TOR|
|Mike Hessman*||1B||Oklahoma City||HOU|
|Luis Jimenez*||3B||Salt Lake||LAA|
|Jimmy Paredes||2B||Oklahoma City||HOU|
|Joey Butler||OF||Round Rock||TEX|
|Kole Calhoun||OF||Salt Lake||LAA|
|Matt McBride**||OF||Colorado Springs||COL|
|Chad Beck||RHP||Las Vegas||TOR|
|Tom Koehler||RHP||New Orleans||MIA|
|Marty Brown||Manager||Las Vegas||TOR|
|Heath Townsend||Athletic Trainer||Colorado Springs||COL|