All five are repeaters from their eligible mid-season All-Star teams, but unlike the other four, who were with Springfield then, Maness was a Florida State League pick. The four Springfield players represented the TL North Division in the league's All-Star Game. Taveras and Wong were starters with Oscar named the game's Most Valuable Player. Rosenthal and Butler both pitched in the contest. Maness missed the FSL All-Star Game, having already been promoted to Double-A.
The post-season all-star list is considered more exclusive than the mid-season list as the later group includes both divisions and has fewer players as a result. Other Cardinals mid-season Texas League all-star selections were catcher Audry Perez and infielder Jermaine Curtis.
Taveras leads the league in a number of hitting categories despite having just turned 21 in June. The left-handed hitter is first in batting average (.322), hits (146), extra base hits (64), doubles (35), and total bases (261). The centerfielder also ranks fourth in the league in home runs (22) and is third in RBI (89). If Taveras wins the batting title, it will be the first in team history – all for a player who skipped over Class-A-Advanced this season. At number three overall, Taveras was the top-ranked position player in the Cardinals system based on pre-season rankings by The Cardinal Nation.
Butler, 23, leads the league in saves (25), including 22 straight after being named the Cardinals closer in May. The right-hander has a 5-1 record with a 2.86 ERA. He was the Cardinals 24th round pick in the 2009 Draft.
Rosenthal, 22, has been the best pitching success story in the Cardinals system in 2012. After joining Taveras and Wong in the leap over Palm Beach, the right-hander logged an 8-6 record with a 2.78 ERA in 17 starts with Springfield. The Cards' 21st round pick in 2009 became just the third player ever promoted straight from Springfield to St. Louis (along with Steven Hill in 2010 and Maikel Cleto in 2011). Rosenthal made his major league debut on July 18 in Milwaukee.
The Texas League post-season all-star balloting was conducted among the league's managers, broadcasters, media relations directors and selected media members.
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