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Nolan Jones, Mario Feliciano Lead 2019 Carolina League All-Stars



The Carolina League's all-star field is led by one Top 100 prospect and a catcher who is putting himself on the precipice of the list with a scorching first half. The game will be hosted by Frederick on June 18.

The game's overall field has been hit hard by promotions and injuries—Nick Madrigal, Daniel LynchBrady SingerDeMarcus EvansJoe Barlow and Jarren Duran all were elected to the game but are unable to participate—leaving the torch to be carried by Indians infield prospect Nolan Jones. The 21-year-old has showed excellent on-base skills in his return to the Carolina League, where he's struck out just seven more times than he's walked (55 to 48). His .438 on-base percentage is second only to Duran among CL players.

Jones checked in as Baseball America's No. 75 prospect in the most recent iteration of the Top 100. 

He's followed by Brewers standout backstop prospect Mario Feliciano, who led the most recent Hot Sheet and has eclipsed Jake Adams (also a CL all-star) for the league's home run lead. Feliciano also shows an intriguing split in his statistics. He's incredible at the plate on days he gets to strap on the catcher's gear (.357/.402/.687) and pedestrian when he starts at DH (.206/.275/.374) while teammate and fellow CL all-star Payton Henry gets to take his turn behind the plate.

All three of Wilmington's standout arms at Wilmington—Singer, Lynch and Jackson Kowar—were elected to the game, but only Kowar is able to participate. Singer was promoted to Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Lynch is on the injured list. Kowar, who was part of a massive haul of college pitching talent drafted by the Royals in 2018, has used a mid-90s fastball and dynamite changeup to produce a 3-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (60 whiffs, 20 walks), and an overall mark of 5-3, 3.76.

The league's ERA leader, Down East righthander Jason Bahr, got an all-star nod as well. Bahr was acquired from the Giants as part of a three-player package with reliever Cory Gearrin and outfielder Austin Jackson in the summer of 2018. He's produced well since moving organizations, and nears the end of the first half with a 6-1, 1.71 mark and 58 strikeouts in as many innings.

Bahr's teammate Leody Taveras, who continues to be one of the best defenders in the CL, will help anchor the Southern Division. In a return to high Class A, Taveras, who is still just 20 years old, is hitting .303/.377/.393 with Down East. 

NORTHERN DIVISION

Name Position Team MLB Org
PITCHERS      
Michael Baumann RHP Frederick Orioles
Kutter Crawford RHP Salem Red Sox
Juan Hillman LHP Lynchburg Indians
Steven Klimek RHP Frederick Orioles
Jackson Kowar RHP Wilmington Royals
David Lebron RHP Frederick Orioles
Tad Ratliff RHP Wilmington Royals
Adam Scott LHP Lynchburg Indians
Cody Sedlock LHP Frederick Orioles
Tyler Zuber RHP Wilmington Royals
Robert Broom RHP Lynchburg Indians
Andrew Lee RHP Potomac Nationals
Daniel Lynch LHP Wilmington Royals
Brady Singer RHP Wilmington Royals
CATCHERS      
Jakson Reetz C Potomac Nationals
MJ Melendez C Wilmington Royals
INFIELDERS      
Pedro Castellanos 1B Salem Red Sox
Ryan Fitzgerald SS Salem Red Sox
Cole Freeman 2B Potomac Nationals
Nolan Jones 3B Lynchburg Indians
Willy Yahn 3B Frederick Orioles
OUTFIELDERS      
Nick Banks OF Potomac Nationals
Oscar Gonzalez OF Lynchburg Indians
Zach Jarrett OF Frederick Orioles
Cole Billingsley OF Frederick Orioles
Jarren Duran OF Salem Red Sox
DESIGNATED HITTER      
Aldrem Corredor DH Potomac Nationals

SOUTHERN DIVISION

Name Position Team MLB Org
PITCHERS      
Javier Assad RHP Myrtle Beach Cubs
Jason Bahr RHP Down East Rangers
Rodrigo Benoit RHP Carolina Brewers
Jesus Camargo RHP Myrtle Beach Cubs
Matt Hardy RHP Carolina Brewers
Will Kincanon RHP Winston-Salem White Sox
Luis Ledo RHP Winston-Salem White Sox
John Parke LHP Winston-Salem White Sox
Paul Richan RHP Myrtle Beach Cubs
Noah Zavolas RHP Carolina Brewers
Joe Barlow RHP Down East Rangers
DeMarcus Evans RHP Down East Rangers
Dylan File RHP Carolina Brewers
Enoli Paredes RHP Fayetteville Astros
Yohan Ramirez RHP Fayetteville Astros
CATCHERS      
Mario Feliciano C Carolina Brewers
Payton Henry C Carolina Brewers
INFIELDERS      
Jake Adams 1B Fayetteville Astros
Ryan Dorow 3B Down East Rangers
Yonny Hernandez 2B Down East Rangers
Zach Remillard 3B Winston-Salem White Sox
Diosbel Arias 3B Down East Rangers
Nick Madrigal 2B Winston-Salem White Sox
OUTFIELDERS      
Corey Julks OF Fayetteville Astros
Jacob Meyers OF Fayetteville Astros
Leody Taveras OF Down East Rangers
Jameson Fisher OF Winston-Salem White Sox
Seth Beer OF Fayetteville Astros
Joantgel Segovia OF Carolina Brewers
DESIGNATED HITTER      
Colton Shaver DH Fayetteville Astros
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