Photo by Cheryl Pursell

Nine members of the Clearwater Threshers are preparing for the Florida State League All-Star Game this weekend

The Clearwater Threshers will be well represented at Saturday's Florida State League All-Star Game in Fort Myers. No less than nine players are on the North Division roster, including two of the bigger prospects in the organization.

While Scott Kingery (pictured) and Carlos Tocci headline the list of Threshers players set to play in this weekend's All-Star contest, there are seven other players from the Clearwater roster who will be making the trip to Ft. Myers to play in the 55th Florida State League All-Star Game.

Kingery, who was selected in the second round of last year's draft out of the University of Arizona is hitting .63 through 61 games and leads the FSL with 20 doubles. Kingery has also been successful on 12 of his 14 stolen base attempts for the Threshers this season. Tocci, 20, is the youngest player on the roster, and will play in his second all-star game, after being named to the South Atlantic League classic last season as a member of the Lakewood BlueClaws. Tocci is hitting .255 in 62 games at Clearwater this season.

Other position players selected to play in the game are infielders Mitch Walding and Zach Green, outfielder Cord Sandberg and catcher Chace Numata. The pitching staff will be represented by Elniery GarciaTom Eshelman and Alexis Rivero.

Numata opened the year with a big month of April, during which he hit .294. Overall, the 23-year old switch-hitter is batting .268 in 32 games, while splitting time with Gabriel Lino behind the plate for the Threshers. Green missed most of last season with an injury, playing in just 26 games. So far this season, he is batting .277 in 54 games, with seven home runs and 33 RBI on the season. Green last played in an all-star game in 2013 while with the Williamsport Crosscutters.

Walding, 23, is batting .265 in 59 games this season and leads the Threshers with nine home runs on the year. Sandberg is somewhat of a surprise pick for an outfield spot, batting just .237 in 60 games.

Eshelman, who came to the Phillies as part of the Ken Giles deal during the offseason, was the FSL Pitcher of the Week on April 24th after he threw back-to-back seven inning starts, giving up just one run on four total hits in those two games. On the year, the right-hander is 4-2, 3.37 in 11 starts with Clearwater. Garcia has had quite an emergence this season, going 6-2 with a 1.97 ERA in ten games. The lefty starter has thrown 59 1/3 innings, averaging just under six innings per start with Clearwater. Opponents are batting just .203 against Garcia.

Rivero is the lone reliever from the Threshers to make the All-Star Team. Just 21-years old, Rivero has pitched in 23 games on the season and is 4-1 with a 1.13 ERA and five saves in five opportunities. In 32 innings, Rivero has struck out 34 hitters and walked just seven, while holding opponents to a scant .162 average and posting a 0.68 WHIP.


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