Ottawa Argonauts pitchers Collin McHugh and Jake McGee, catcher Jonathan Lucroy and outfielder Denard Span were named among the 15 North League reserves and pitchers for the upcoming 2015 All-Star Game hosted by the Dublin Guinness at Wrigley Field.
The quartet joined elected third baseman Josh Donaldson to give the NL-leading Argos five All-Stars, one less than Oakland and as many as St. Louis in the SL. McHugh will get the start on the mound opposite Memphis’ Johnny Cueto, who will make his second All-Star start.
Infielder Juan Uribe and pitchers Dallas Keuchel and Mark Melancon join Athletes elected starters Paul Goldschmidt, Jose Altuve and Andrew McCutchen. The added Clydesdales joining voted entries Adrian Beltre and David Peralta are first baseman Lucas Duda, outfielder Matt Holliday and reliever Sean Doolittle.
Holliday, chosen for the fifth time, has the most All-Star experience of any of the 30 players filling out the rosters, while 19 of the additions will be first-time All-Stars.
Four of the reserves will be making their fourth appearance: Pittsburgh pitchers Adam Wainwright and Craig Kimbrell, Louisville third baseman Aramis Ramirez and Compton pitcher Jon Lester. Ramirez will serve as the Long Rifles’ lone representative despite his recent trade to Oakland.
Flagstaff catcher Yasmani Grandal and Twin City outfielder Mookie Betts are the final SL bench players. Filling out the NL reserves will be London rookie first baseman Jose Abreu, Vancouver second baseman Daniel Murphy, Cleveland shortstop Starlin Castro, Boston designated hitter Kennys Vargas and Wildcats DH/OF Nelson Cruz.
The rest of the NL pitching staff features Brooklyn’s Tyson Ross, Tribe relievers Wade Davis and Kelvin Herrera and Vancouver’s Chris Sale, who’s status is uncertain with an injury that’s kept him out since July 2.
The SL staff is completed by relievers Pedro Strop of the Guinness, Ken Giles of the Melee, Dellin Betances of the Outlawz and Tijuana representative Kevin Quackenbush.
2015 ALL-STAR PITCHERS AND RESERVES
Catcher – Jonathan Lucroy, Ottawa
Infielders – Jose Abreu, London; Starlin Castro, Cleveland; Daniel Murphy, Vancouver; Kennys Vargas, Boston
Outfielders – Nelson Cruz, Vancouver; Denard Span, Ottawa
Pitchers – Collin McHugh, Ottawa (SP); Wade Davis, Cleveland; Kelvin Herrera, Cleveland; Craig Kimbrell, Pittsburgh; Jake McGee, Ottawa; Tyson Ross, Brooklyn; Chris Sale, Vancouver (injured); Adam Wainwright, Pittsburgh
Catcher – Yasmani Grandal, Flagstaff
Infielders – Lucas Duda, St. Louis; Aramis Ramirez, Louisville (traded to Oakland); Juan Uribe, Oakland
Outfielders – Mookie Betts, Twin City; Matt Holliday, St. Louis
Pitchers – Johnny Cueto, Memphis (SP); Dellin Betances, Compton; Sean Doolittle, St. Louis; Ken Giles, Memphis; Dallas Keuchel, Oakland; Jon Lester, Compton; Mark Melancon, Oakland; Kevin Quackenbush, Tijuana; Pedro Strop, Dublin