July 03, 2003

Southern League Announces Updated Rosters for All-Star Game

MARIETTA, GA—The Southern League of Professional Baseball announced today its updated rosters for the 2003 Southern League All-Star Game to be held at The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, in Jacksonville, FL on July 8.

The 2003 Eastern Division All-Star team is as follows:

Caonabo Cosme, UTL
Tennessee Smokies
Mike Lyons, P
Tennessee Smokies

Victor Diaz, INF
Jacksonville Suns
Jim Magrane, P
Orlando Rays

Tommy Farmer, P*
Jacksonville Suns
Bill McCarthy, OF
Greenville Braves

Sean Fesh, P
Carolina Mudcats
Yadier Molina, C
Tennessee Smokies

Mike Flannery, P
Carolina Mudcats
Drew Niles, DH
Carolina Mudcats

Joel Hanrahan, P
Jacksonville Suns
Matt Padgett, OF**
Carolina Mudcats

Brandon Harper, C
Carolina Mudcats
Jon Switzer, P***
Orlando Rays

Edwin Jackson, P
Jacksonville Suns
Jose Veras, P****
Orlando Rays

Bucky Jacobsen, INF
Tennessee Smokies
Adam Wainwright, P
Greenville Braves

James Jurries, INF
Greenville Braves Josh Wilson, INF
Carolina Mudcats

Ryan Langerhans, OF
Greenville Braves



*Tommy Farmer replaces Steve Langone who was promoted to AAA Las Vegas

**Matt Padgett replaces Chris Aguila who was placed on the Disabled List

*** Jon Switzer replaces Bartolome Fortunato who was promoted to AAA Durham

****Jose Veras replaces Evan Rust who was promoted to AAA Durham

Gabe Alvarez, INF
Birmingham Barons
Dave Krynzel, OF
Huntsville Stars

Jeff Bajenaru, P*
Birmingham Barons Derek Lee, P
Huntsville Stars
Andrew Beattie, INF**
Chattanooga Lookouts Carlos Maldonado, C
Birmingham Barons

Neal Cotts, P
Birmingham Barons
Luis Martinez, P
Huntsville Stars

Jason DuBois, OF
West Tenn Diamond Jaxx
Matt Parker, P
Huntsville Stars

Scott Dunn, P***
Chattanooga Lookouts
Humberto Quintero, C
Mobile BayBears

Mike Dzurilla, INF
West Tenn Diamond Jaxx
Dernell Stenson, DH
Chattanooga Lookouts

J.J. Hardy, INF
Huntsville Stars
Cory Stewart, P
Mobile BayBears

Corey Hart, INF
Huntsville Stars
Rusty Tucker, P
Mobile BayBears

Mike Jones, P
Huntsville Stars
John Webb, P****
West Tenn Diamond Jaxx

Jon Knott, UTL
Mobile BayBears




*Jeff Bajenaru replaces Royce Ring who was traded to the NY Mets

**Andrew Beattie replaces Stephen Smitherman who was promoted to AAA Louisville

*** Scott Dunn replaces Dave Gil who was promoted to AAA Louisville

****John Webb replaces Eric Brown who was promoted to AAA Iowa

Since its reincarnation in 1995, the Southern League All-Star Game has served as a stepping-stone to the major leagues. Some of the former Southern League All-Stars who are currently playing in the big leagues include: Jason Kendall (Carolina Mudcats); Jermaine Dye (Greenville Braves); Mike Cameron (Birmingham Barons); Jason Varitek (Port City Roosters); Juan Encarnacion (Jacksonville Suns); Eric Chavez (Huntsville Stars); Mark Buehrle (Birmingham Barons); Juan Pierre (Carolina Mudcats); Brandon Inge (Jacksonville Suns); Marcus Giles (Greenville Braves); Toby Hall (Orlando Rays); and Corey Patterson (West Tenn Diamond Jaxx); Orlando Hudson (Tennessee Smokies); Josh Phelps (Tennessee Smokies); Jake Peavy (Mobile BayBears); and Miguel Olivo (Birmingham Barons).