Carolina League All-Star Game Preview

The Carolina League All-Star Game is Tuesday and I will be in attendance to see some of the league’s best prospects.  Let’s take a look at the rosters, beginning with the Northern Division:


Michael Baumann – Frederick

Kutter Crawford – Salem

Juan Hillman – Lynchburg

Steven Klimek - Frederick

Jackson Kowar – Wilmington

David Lebron - Frederick

Tad Ratliff - Wilmington

Adam Scott - Lynchburg

Cody Sedlock – Frederick

Tyler Zuber - Wilmington

Robert Broom - Lynchburg

Andrew Lee - Potomac

Daniel Lynch – Wilmington


Jakson Reetz - Potomac

M.J. Melendez – Wilmington


Pedro Castellanos - Salem

Ryan Fitzgerald - Salem

Cole Freeman - Potomac

Nolan Jones – Lynchburg

Willy Yahn - Frederick


Nick Banks - Potomac

Oscar Gonzalez - Lynchburg

Zach Jarrett - Frederick

Cole Billingsley - Frederick

Designated Hitter:

Aldrem Corredor - Potomac

A couple names stand out, most notably Jackson Kowar, M.J. Melendez, and Nolan Jones. I also saw Michael Baumann throw 6.2 innings of dominant no-hit baseball back in May against Melendez and his Wilmington club. While a starter hasn’t been named, it wouldn’t surprise me to see Baumann get the call considering the game is in Frederick.

 The Northern roster includes four of the league’s top strikeout pitchers with Baumann and Kowar being joined by Adam Scott and Kutter Crawford.  Of the four, Scott is the only one who isn’t in his organization’s top 30 but that could change with a strong second half. Scott is a 6-foot-4 lefty with three pitches as he supplements his fastball with a slider and a changeup. He has racked up 74 strikeouts in just 57.1 innings of work so far this year.

Nolan Jones is the main attraction among the Northern hitters but a couple under-the-radar guys I am excited to get a closer look at include Oscar Gonzalez and Nick Banks. Gonzalez is hitting .335, good for third in the league in OPS on the year despite having just five walks. Banks was once considered a first round talent out of college. It looks like he is starting to find his power groove as he has eight home runs and 15 doubles on the season.

Now for the Southern Division roster, which initially included Nick Madrigal and Seth Beer prior to their promotions to AA:


Javier Assad - Myrtle Beach

Jason Bahr - Down East

Rodrigo Benoit - Carolina

Jesus Camargo - Myrtle Beach

Matt Hardy - Carolina

Wil Kincanon - Winston-Salem

Luis Ledo - Winston-Salem

John Parke - Winston-Salem

Paul Richan - Myrtle Beach

Noah Zavolas - Carolina

Joe Barlow - Down East

DeMarcus Evans - Down East


Mario Feliciano - Carolina

Payton Henry - Carolina


Jake Adams - Fayetteville

Ryan Dorow - Down East

Yonny Hernandez - Down East

Zach Remillard - Winston-Salem

Diosbel Arias - Down East


Corey Julks - Fayetteville

Jacob Meyers - Fayetteville

Leody Taveras - Down East

Jameson Fisher - Winston-Salem

Joantgel Segovia - Carolina

Designated Hitter:

Colton Shaver – Fayetteville

The Southern roster has no shortage of power with the league’s two top home run hitters in Mario Feliciano (14) and Jake Adams (11) anchoring the lineup. Just 20, the Brewers have been aggressive with Feliciano. As a result, he went through growing pains statistically but we could be seeing a future star here as he should reside comfortably inside the organization’s top 10 this offseason. Adams has always been a masher as he led the country in home runs his junior year prior to being drafted by the Astros. In other organizations he would likely be a top 20 prospect but Houston’s system is loaded.

Just 20 years old, Leody Tavares is hitting a career high .296 to go along with 20 stolen bases as it looks like he is starting to mature as a hitter. Some have grown a little fatigued by Tavares but that’s what happens when you start your career at age 17.

The Southern Division pitching staff features the league’s current ERA leader in Jason Bahr, who was part of the Austin Jackson trade last year. Bahr is a lanky project likely profiling as a middle reliever but for now he is having a terrific season for the Mudcats. Rodrigo Benoit is currently third in the Carolina League in saves and he features a plus breaking ball to go along with typical back-end bullpen velocity. He could be in Milwaukee by late next year.

Tomorrow should be a fun game as the Northern pitchers will try and shutdown a solid Southern offense. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@JasonKamlowsky) as I will be there throughout the evening to give you video and notes on what I see.