The Texas League Office announced 2007 Texas League All-Stars on Tuesday afternoon, naming a franchise-record eight Springfield Cardinals to the North Division team. The Texas League All-Star Game will be held at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi on Tuesday, June 26th.
Four of the eight are tabbed to start, as Joe Mather will be at first base, Colby Rasmus in center field, Bryan Anderson at catcher and Juan Richardson at Designated Hitter. Jarrett Hoffpauir will be the infield reserve while Sean Danielson has been selected as the outfield reserve. Pitchers Chris Perez and Jaime Garcia will also represent Springfield, most likely working out of the bullpen.
Mather has had an MVP-like season, leading the league in homers (17) and RBIs (44), while entering Tuesday's play with the fifth best average in the league at .310.
Richardson, who's in his second year with Springfield, has been steady in 2007, with a .278 average, eight homers and 38 RBIs.
The Cards will send a pair of 20-year olds to the All-Star game, as catcher Bryan Anderson and center fielder Colby Rasmus will both start for the North Division. In their first year of Double-A, they've both played beyond their years offensively, with Rasmus batting .269 with ten homers and 37 RBIs. Anderson is currently batting .288 with four homers and 24 RBIs.
Sean Danielson, who began the year in Palm Beach, has been a sparkplug at the top of the order for the Cardinals, batting .351 with two homers and 17 RBIs.
Also in his second year in Springfield, Jarrett Hoffpauir has put up solid offensive numbers, batting .315 with four home runs and 18 RBIs.
Although Garcia dropped five of his first six decisions, he now sports a 3-5 mark with an ERA of 3.29, eighth in the league.
Perez has been nearly perfect in the closer's role, converting 16 of 17 save chances this year, posting a 2-0 mark with an ERA of 3.08. In 26 1/3 innings, Perez has fanned 44 batters, while holding the league to a .154 average.
In addition to the eight players going to Corpus Christi, the entire Springfield coaching staff will be in Corpus Christi, by virtue of the Cardinals being in first place as of Tuesday, June 12th. Manager "Pop" Warner, Hitting Coach Derrick May, Pitching Coach Blaise Ilsley and Athletic Trainer Brad LaRosa will make up the North Division Coaching Staff.