A third of the lineup from the Hickory Crawdads will represent the team at the South Atlantic League All-Star Game, as announced by the league office Tuesday morning.
First baseman Curtis Terry, infielder Jonathan Ornelas and outfielder Pedro Gonzalez were tabbed by a vote of league managers, broadcasters and journalists from around the 14-team SAL. All three players will play for the Northern Division squad, which will face the Southern Division in the 60th annual event.
The West Virginia Power is the host for this year’s game, which will be held June 18 at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston.
Terry, 22, will play in his second straight all-star game as a pro, following his selection to the Northwest League all-star team in 2018 while playing for short-season Spokane (Wash.). He is currently among the top hitters statistically in the SAL. As of Tuesday, he led the league with 121 total bases, was second in RBIs (46) and slugging percentage (.593), tied for second with 15 home runs and third with 20 doubles. The native of Snellville, Ga., was the Texas Rangers’ 13th-round pick in 2015 out of Archer High School.
Gonzalez, 21, made his first all-star game as pro. Currently in his second season with the Crawdads, the native of Santo Domingo, D.R., is tied for sixth in the SAL with 10 home runs to go with 27 RBIs. He ranks 10th in slugging (.489) and 11th in runs scored (35). He joined the Rangers in 2017 in a trade from the Colorado Rockies organization.
Only a week past his 19th birthday, Ornelas also will play in his first all-star game as a pro. Selected by the Rangers in the third round last year out of Kellis High School in Glendale, Ariz., Ornelas is hitting .283 with five home runs and 15 RBIs. He also carries a .355 on-base percentage and a .439 slugging percentage in what is his first full season.