Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Montgomery sending two to All-Star Game

Biscuits pitchers Jeremy Hellickson and Eduardo Morlan have been picked to play in the Southern League All-Star Game, which is July 13 in Hoover.

Two other Montgomery players would have been named, but they're not available. Center fielder Desmond Jennings is playing in the All-Star Futures Game in St. Louis on July 12. First baseman Rhyne Hughes was promoted to Triple-A Durham on June 9.

Hellickson, who missed six weeks with a shoulder injury, is 2-1 with a 2.08 ERA in eight starts. In 39 innings, he's allowed 28 hits, walked nine and struck out 48.

Morlan has a 2.68 ERA, a 3-3 record and four saves in 29 relief appearances. He played in the Futures Game last year.

Jennings is hitting .323 with 51 runs scored and 28 stolen bases. Hughes had a .252 average, 15 home runs and 46 RBIs before his promotion. Hughes is still tied for the Southern League lead in homers.

The Birmingham Barons and Jacksonville Suns each had six players picked.

Birmingham -- P John Ely, 2B C.J. Retherford*, P Fernando Hernandez, OF Stefan Gartrell, P Jhonny Nunez, UTL OF David Cook
Jacksonville -- C Brad Davis, P Kasey Olenberger, OF Lorenzo Scott, P Matt Peterson, P Graham Taylor, UTL IF Chris De La Cruz
Mobile -- 1B Sean Coughlin, P Barry Enright, 3B Ricardo Sosa, SS Pedro Ciriaco, OF Cyle Hankerd, DH Chris Rahl
Mississippi -- C J.C. Boscan, P Kyle Cofield, OF Matt Young
Montgomery -- P Jeremy Hellickson, P Eduardo Morlan

The Barons had an additional five who would have gone, but are playing in the Futures Game or have been promoted.

Birmingham -- 1B Brandon Allen (Triple-A), P Lucas harrell (Triple-A), P Brian Omogrosso (Triple-A), C Tyler Flowers* (Futures Game), 3B Dayan Viciedo (Futures Game)
Mobile -- C Orlando Mercado (Triple-A), P Jarrod Parker (Futures Game)
Mississippi -- P Jonny Venters (Triple-A)
Montgomery -- CF Desmond Jennings (Futures Game), 1B Rhyne Hughes (Triple-A)

*--Flowers and Retherford were unanimous picks of votes submitted by the league's field managers, general managers, announcers and beat writers.

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