Ten Huntsville Players Selected All-Stars

Six position players and four pitchers were selected for the Southern League All-Star Game. Meanwhile, the organization announced several roster changes involving catchers.

It's only fitting that a team nicknamed the Stars would dominate the All-Star selections, and that's what the high-flying Huntsville team did as the Southern League announced its roster for the North Division squad.

Manager Don Money's contingent included a whopping 10 players, although four of them won't be able to participate in the July 14 activities scheduled at Five County Stadium in Zebulon, N.C., home of the Carolina Mudcats.

Catcher Angel Salome, shortstop Alcides Escobar, outfielder Michael Brantley, first baseman Chris Errecart, third baseman Mat Gamel and outfielder Matt LaPorta earned spots, as did pitchers Joe Bateman, Steve Hammond, Patrick Ryan and David Welch.

However, Gamel and LaPorta will miss the competition because they were chosen to play in the Futures All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium, while Bateman and Hammond were recently promoted to Triple-A Nashville.

Roster moves

Several roster moves were made Monday involving Milwaukee's minor league catching fraternity.

Huntsville catcher Carlos Corporan was sent to Nashville. He had joined the Stars late in 2006 and was primarily a backup to Lou Palmisano through 2007 and behind Salome this season. Corporan hit .229 with five homers and 40 RBIs in 93 games with Huntsville.

That means Martin Maldonado will replace Corporan for the Stars. Maldonado signed with Milwaukee as a minor league free agent in January 2007, spending that year with West Virginia, where he batted .221 with two HRs and 22 RBIs.

Maldonado was promoted from Brevard County, hitting .266 with nine RBIs in 34 games. He was picked by Anaheim Angels in the 27th round of the 2004 first-year player draft.


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