Four Blue Rocks named All-Stars

The Wilmington Blue Rocks will be well-represented when the Carolina League All-Stars meet their California League counterparts on June 21 in Modesto, California. The league on Thursday announced that four players who call Frawley Stadium home have made the 2011 All-Star team.

Jake Odorizzi was named to the squad after a sensational first half. The 21-year-old right-hander has made 11 starts this season, posting a 5-0 record with a 2.03 ERA. In 57.2 innings pitched, Odorizzi has fanned 79 batters while walking just 14, and the league is hitting just .232 against him this season. He ranks second in the circuit in both ERA and strikeouts.

Michael Mariot makes his first All-Star team after also posting a 5-0 record, primarily out of the 'Rocks' bullpen. The 22-year-old Nebraska alum has piggybacked with southpaw Noel Arguelles all season and has held opponents to a .195 batting average while logging a stellar 2.23 ERA.

Whit Merrifield was also named to his first All-Star team as a professional. The 22-year-old is currently hitting .268/.353/.361 with two home runs, 13 doubles, 21 RBIs, and 38 runs scored. On May 23, the South Carolina alum was hitting .316, but a 5-for-47 (.106) slump has dropped his overall numbers to their present level. Still, Merrifield has been a very versatile player, seeing time at center field, left field, and second base, and he has yet to make his first error of the season.

Second baseman Rey Navarro rounds out the Blue Rocks' All-Stars. The 21-year-old has enjoyed an offensive breakout this season, hitting .288/.340/.461 with 12 doubles, four homers, and 34 RBIs. Navarro also leads the league with seven triples, and he ranks among the circuit's top 10 in both hits (63) and batting average.

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