Future stars to face off in Florida State League All-Star Game

Catcher Reese McGuire is scheduled to play in Saturday's Florida State League all-star game. (Courtesy Bradenton Marauders)

It’s not difficult to find where the Florida State League has made its mark in the big leagues.

Legendary New York Yankees Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera played for Tampa in 1994. Two-time American League MVP Miguel Cabrera cut his teeth with Lakeland in 2002, and former National League MVP Ryan Braun did the same with Brevard County in 2006. Reigning NL home run king Giancarlo Stanton played for Jupiter in 2009, and Chicago Cubs rookie star Kris Bryant rose through Daytona in 2013.

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Florida State League All-Star Game: North Division vs. South Division at Tradition Field, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 7 p.m. ET (Click logo to find local listings)

Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on American Sports Network the next generation of major league hopefuls will represent the Florida State League in the 2015 All-Star Game at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie

Here are some top prospects to watch, sorted by major league club:

Cincinnati Reds

Three of the Reds’ top 10 prospects, according to MLB.com, will play Saturday in the Daytona Tortugas’ debut season in the Florida State League: Right-hander Nick Travieso (No. 5) has a 2.98 ERA in 13 starts, shortstop Alex Blandino (No. 6) is hitting .290 with four home runs and 28 RBIs, and outfielder Phillip Ervin (No. 8) has 10 home runs and 40 RBIs so far this season.

Detroit Tigers

One of Lakeland’s four All-Stars is right-hander Kevin Ziomek, who is the Tigers’ No. 4 prospect. The Flying Tigers starter is 4-5 with a 4.48 ERA so far this season.

Miami Marlins

The Jupiter Hammerheads received a league-high nine All-Star nods, and five of them — Brian Anderson, J.T. Riddle, Austin Dean, Miguel Del Pozo and Jarlin Garcia — are ranked among the Marlins’ top 25 prospects. Anderson, a second baseman, leads the team with five home runs and 32 RBIs, Dean, an outfielder, is batting .271 with 29 RBIs. Garcia, a left-handed starter has a 3.14 ERA through 13 starts.

Milwaukee Brewers

The organization’s No. 4 prospect, outfielder Clint Coulter will represent the Brevard County Manatees in the All-Star Game after notching 10 home runs and 36 RBIs in the first half.

Minnesota Twins

The defending FSL champion Fort Myers Miracle only have three All-Stars this year, one of which is No. 22 prospect Chih-Wei Hu. The right-hander is 5-1 with a 2.10 ERA in 10 starts this season.

New York Mets

The All-Star host St. Lucie Mets have one All-Star after Michael Conforto and Robert Gsellman were promoted to Double-A and Akeel Morris was called up to the majors. That would be third baseman Jeff McNeil, who is batting .326 with a home run and 15 RBIs.

New York Yankees

Tampa ranked second in the league with eight All-Star selections, including top 20 prospects Miguel Andujar and Tyler Wade. Andujar, a third baseman, ranks second on the Yankees with 32 RBIs, and Wade, a shortstop, is batting .280 with 25 stolen bases.

Philadelphia Phillies

Two of the Clearwater Threshers’ four All-Stars are top 30 Phillies prospects: Catcher Andrew Knapp (No. 12) his hitting .253 with two home runs and 28 RBIs, and left-hander Brandon Leibrandt (No. 26) is 5-2 with a 3.13 ERA in 11 starts.

Pittsburgh Pirates

Three of MLB.com’s top 100 prospects play in the Florida State League, and two of them will represent the Braden Marauders on Saturday: Austin Meadows (No. 38) and Reese McGuire (No. 54). Meadows, an outfielder, is batting .279 with two home runs and 19 RBIs. McGuire, a catcher, is hitting .240 with 18 RBIs.

St. Louis Cardinals

Alex Reyes is one of the top prospects for the St. Louis Cardinals. (Courtesy Palm Beach Cardinals)
Alex Reyes is one of the top prospects for the St. Louis Cardinals. (Courtesy Palm Beach Cardinals)

The FSL’s third top 100 prospect is Palm Beach Cardinals right-hander Alex Reyes (No. 89), a South Division All-Star. He has a 1.98 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 54 2/3 innings over 11 starts this season.

Tampa Bay Rays

The Charlotte Stone Crabs have seven All-Stars, and two — shortstop Willy Adames (No. 3) and first baseman Jake Bauers (No. 21) — are top 30 prospects that were acquired in trades in the past year. Jacob Faria, the league leader with 10 wins, and Brad Schreiber, the league-leader with 17 saves, are also representing the Rays.

Toronto Blue Jays

No. 13 prospect Alberto Tirado is one of the Dunedin Blue Jays two All-Stars. The right-hander has a 2.21 ERA and two saves in 19 relief appearances this year.

Above: Catcher Reese McGuire is scheduled to play in Saturday’s Florida State League all-star game. (Courtesy Bradenton Marauders)
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Josh Vitale

Josh Vitale covers the Tampa Bay Rays and their High-A affiliate, the Charlotte Stone Crabs in Port Charlotte, Fla., for the Charlotte Sun.