In a press release issued last week by the MS Braves, four MS Braves were named to the South Division All-Star team – Catcher Willians Astudillo, RHP Chris Ellis, outfielder Dustin Peterson, and infielder Dansby Swanson.
Astudillo, 24, is a native of Venezuela, and was signed as a free agent by the Atlanta Braves in 2015. Ellis, an Ole Miss alumnus, was named MS Pitcher of the Month (April) and is an Alabama native, he was acquired by the Braves in 2015. Peterson, 21, entered the 2016 season ranked by Baseball America as the Braves #22 prospect and was acquired by the Braves in 2014; he is an Arizona native. Swanson, 22, a Georgia native, was selected first overall in the 2015 draft by the Diamondbacks, and joined the MS Braves in December.
The team of four from the MS Braves will join the South Division All-Star team:
C Willians Astudillo Mississippi, P Anthony Banda Mobile, C Jacob Nottingham Biloxi, P Tyler Bremer Jacksonville, 1B Garrett Cooper Biloxi, P Austin Brice Jacksonville, 2B Brandon Dixon Pensacola, P Alejandro Chacin Pensacola, 3B Kevin Medrano Mobile, P Chris Ellis Mississippi, SS Dansby Swanson Mississippi, P Jake Esch Jacksonville, OF Austin Dean Jacksonville, P Amir Garrett Pensacola, OF Mitch Haniger Mobile, P Daniel Gibson Mobile, OF Brett Phillips Biloxi, P Josh Hader Biloxi, OF Moises Sierra Jacksonville, P Joey Krehbiel Mobile, DH Dustin Peterson Mississippi, P Stephen Peterson Biloxi, UTL IF Peter Mooney Jacksonville, P Jackson Stephens Pensacola, UTL OF Yefri Perez Jacksonville. Roster Subject to Change. Also selected to the South Division but unable to participate is Kyle Wren (BLX).
The North Division All-Star team‘s roster is as follows:
C Victor Caratini Tennessee, P Brett Ash Jackson, C Mitch Garver Chattanooga, P D.J. Baxendale Chattanooga, 1B Casey Gillaspie Montgomery, P Paul Blackburn Tennessee, 2B Chesny Young Tennessee, P Brian Clark Birmingham, 3B Jeimer Candelario Tennessee, P Jake Faria Montgomery, SS Willy Adames Montgomery, P Trevor Hildenberger Chattanooga, OF Guillermo Heredia Jackson, P Chih-Wei Hu Montgomery, OF Tyler O’Neill Jackson, P Chris Kirsch Montgomery, OF Eudy Pina Birmingham, P Brad Markey Tennessee, OF Mark Zagunis Tennessee, P Emilio Pagan Jackson, DH Dan Palka Chattanooga, P Dylan Unsworth Jackson, UTL IF Jake Peter Birmingham, P Ryan Yarbrough Jackson, UTL OF Travis Harrison Chattanooga. Roster Subject to Change. Also selected to the North Division but unable to participate are Johnny Field (MTG) and Edwin Diaz (JXN).
If your plans include the Southern League All-Star game at Trustmark Park on Tuesday, June 21, why not make your first stop the Outlets of Mississippi where you can shop till you drop, have a quick bite at the Food Court, and be more fabulous with less price! Next, its on to Bass Pro Shops where you can find everything for the fisher, hunter, camper, boater and sports enthusiast! If you’re tired after what is sure to be a GREAT game, stay at the Holiday Inn and have a late snack at the Alumni House & Grill. Its all part of a perfect day in Pearl, MS!
The Mississippi Braves baseball team is the Double-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. Since the inaugural 2005 season, over 100 MS Braves have gone on to play in the big leagues. The MS Braves have made postseason play three times and went on to win the Southern League Championship in 2008. Tickets are on sale now. Stop by Trustmark Park or call 888-BRAVES4 Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM. For the latest news and updates, visit mississippibraves.com or connect with @mbraves on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.