Eight Tulsa Drillers have been selected to play for the North Division in the 78th annual Harsco Texas League All-Star Game on June 25 at ONEOK Field.
In addition, Drillers manager Scott Hennessey and his staff will lead the North as a reward for winning the pennant last year. It will be the second year in a row that Hennessey has received that honor after being rewarded for winning the North Division in 2017.
This will be the seventh time that Tulsa has hosted the All-Star Game and first since 2012.
Four Drillers — catcher Keibert Ruiz, shortstop Gavin Lux, third baseman Cristian Santana and right fielder Cody Thomas — were elected to the starting lineup in voting by the league’s managers, coaches and media.
Ruiz, who is batting .261, also played in last year’s All-Star Game. Lux entered Thursday tied for the TL lead with 13 homers and was third with a .305 batting average. Thomas, a former University of Oklahoma quarterback, is hitting .281 with 10 homers and 41 RBIs. Santana is batting .290 with 30 RBIs.
Two Drillers position players were selected as reserves — infielder Zach McKinstry and first baseman/outfielder Chris Parmelee. McKinstry is batting .280 with 31 RBIs. Parmelee, who was in the majors from 2011-16, is batting .257 with eight homers. This will be his first All-Star Game appearance since the 2009 Florida State League All-Star Game.
Tulsa had two pitchers selected — Dustin May (3-5, 4.13 ERA) and reliever Shea Spitzbarth (2-2, 2.60). May is tied for third in the TL with 67 strikeouts.
The Drillers and first-half champion Arkansas led the North with eight players each, followed by Northwest Arkansas with six and Springfield had two.
Other starters selected were Arkansas first baseman Evan White, Northwest Arkansas left fielder Khalil Lee and second baseman Gabriel Cancel, and Springfield center fielder Dylan Carlson. Cancel leads the TL with 49 RBIs. Arkansas outfielder Jake Fraley, who leads the TL with a .326 batting average and is third in RBIs with 45, was selected as a reserve, but could wind up as the starting designated hitter.
The North pitching staff includes ERA leader Nabil Crismatt (2.59) of Arkansas and strikeout leader (75) Austin Warner of Springfield.
Ruiz (18), Lux (22), May (43) and Carlson (64) are ranked among Baseball America’s top-100 prospects. Those four are joined by Arkansas pitcher Justin Dunn and White in milb.com’s top 100.
Amarillo and Midland led the South with seven selections each, followed by six from Frisco and four from Corpus Christi. Amarillo has four starters. Amarillo manager Phillip Wellman and his staff will lead the South by virtue of them winning the South title last year when that franchise was located in San Antonio.
The South starting lineup includes Frisco first baseman Juremi Profar, whose brother Jurickson played in the 2012 All-Star Game in Tulsa.
Tickets for the game range from $8-39 and can be purchased at tulsadrillers.com, the ONEOK Field Ticket Office or by calling 918-744-5901.
ALL-STAR GAME ROSTERS
Catcher: Keibert Ruiz, Tulsa. First baseman: Evan White, Arkansas. Second baseman: Gabriel Cancel, NW Arkansas. Shortstop: Gavin Lux, Tulsa. Third baseman: Cristian Santana, Tulsa. Left fielder: Khalil Lee, NW Arkansas. Center fielder: Dylan Carlson, Springfield. Right fielder: Cody Thomas, Tulsa.
Jake Fraley and (catcher) Joseph Odom, Arkansas; Zach McKinstry and Chris Parmelee, Tulsa; DJ Burt, NW Arkansas.
Jack Anderson, Nabil Crismatt, Justin Dunn, Darren McCaughlan and Ricardo Sanchez, Arkansas; Dustin May and Shea Spitzbarth, Tulsa; Gerson Garabito, Ofrediy Gomez and Conner Greene, NW Arkansas; Austin Warner, Springfield.
Manager: Scott Hennessey, Tulsa. Coaches: Dave Borkowski, Adam Melhuse and Petie Montero, Tulsa. Athletic trainer: Kalie Swain, Tulsa.
Catcher: Luis Torrens, Amarillo. First baseman: Juremi Profar, Frisco. Second baseman: Ivan Castillo, Amarillo. Shortstop: Owen Miller, Amarillo. Third baseman: Abraham Toro, Corpus Christi. Left fielder: Dairon Blanco, Midland. Center fielder: Luis Barrera, Midland. Right fielder: Edward Olivares, Amarillo.
Greg Deichman, Collin Theroux (catcher) and Mikey White, Midland; Charles Leblanc, Frisco; Kyle Overstreet, Amarillo.
Travis Radke and Emmanuel Ramirez, Amarillo; Kyle Finnegan and Brian Howard, Midland; Bryan Abreu, Colin McKee and Carlos Sanabria, Corpus Christi; Edgar Arredondo, Emmanuel Clase, James Jones and Walker Weickel, Frisco.
Manager: Phillip Wellman, Amarillo. Coaches: Freddy Flores, Jimmy Jones, and Raul Padron, Amarillo. Athletic trainer: Drew Garner, Amarillo.