ZEBULON — The Carolina League announced last week four Carolina Mudcats players are on the roster for the 2013 All-Star showdown against the California League in San Jose, Calif.
Center fielder Tyler Naquin, shortstop Francisco Lindor, first baseman Jerrud Sabourin and right-handed pitcher Cody Anderson were all named to the Carolina League’s All-Star team. Lindor, Naquin and Sabourin will start in the mid-summer classic.
The game between the best of the Carolina and California leagues will take place at Municipal Stadium on June 18. Carolina had the second-most players selected for the game, behind the five players from the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
“I’m very proud of our All-Stars,” Mudcats manager David Wallace said. “Each are very deserving and will be great representatives of the Cleveland Indians, Carolina Mudcats and the Carolina League.”
Naquin, the 15th overall pick in the 2012 draft, is one of the top hitters in the Carolina League. He is the third Mudcat to lead the league in hits (73), and he has the third-best batting average in the league (.309).
Naquin is second in the league with 25 extra base hits and has the second most doubles with 18. The Texas native also leads the Mudcats with four home runs and 22 RBIs.
Lindor, 19, who bats second in the Mudcats’ order, was Cleveland’s 8th overall pick in the 2011 draft.
The Puerto Rico native’s .301 batting average ranks fourth in the Carolina League. He’s had 20 multi-hit games and 66 total hits, and he stolen 13 stolen bases. He also holds the league’s longest on-base streak (25) in games played April 22 to May 17.
Sabourin, a native of California, has the second-hottest bat in the league with an average of .310, but he doesn’t have to hit the ball to be effective.
He tied a franchise record with four walks in a single game on May 11 against Lynchburg. On the season, he’s tallied 52 hits, including 20 RBIs and 11 doubles.
A quality first half showing by Cody Anderson (5-3), the top gun in the Mudcats’ starting rotation, prompted his first All-Star appearance.
Anderson, a 14th round pick in the 2011 draft, boasts a 2.85 ERA over 66.1 innings pitching. Also a native of California, he has nixed 62 batters while allowing just 17 walks. He spanned 26.1 frames without a walk from April 27 to May 19.
From staff reports