The 2012 Atlantic League All-Star game is just around the corner.
This year's contest between All-Stars from the Freedom Division and Liberty Division will be played at Camden's Campbell's Field on July 11.
And with that in mind, I thought it'd be a nice time to reveal my picks of York Revolution players who deserve a spot in the game.
Voting opened up on June 20 and it closes on July 8. And in case you haven't submitted your votes, feel free to go atlanticleague.com to do so.
Position players are determined by a combination of fan, media and team voting. The pitching for both squads is selected by the respective managers.
Just as he's done the last two years, York skipper Andy Etchebarren is slated to handle the managing duties for the Freedom Division squad -- along with Camden coaches.
However, it should be noted that Etchebarren has yet to confirm if he's up for the gig considering he's still recovering from back surgery.
Anyway, here are my picks of Revs' players who deserve a spot in this year's contest.
Pitchers: While I understand the pitchers will be selected by the managers and my vote doesn't really mean anything, I still want to say that starter Corey Thurman and set-up man Adam Thomas should be included.
Thurman leads the league in complete games (two) and is 10th in the league in ERA (4.88) and innings pitched (62 2/3). His six wins are tied with Sugar Land's Brad Livingston for second-most in the league and his 12 starts is tied with five other pitchers for the league lead.
Among York relievers with at least 10 appearances this season, Thomas is third on the team in ERA (3.45), earned runs allowed (11), innings pitched (28 2/3) and hits allowed (26). He's second on the team in strikeouts (18) and fourth in walks (eight). He has also held opponents to no earned runs in 21 of 28 appearances.
Third base: This one is easy. Ramon Castro's 43 RBIs leads the league and his 36 runs scored is tied with two other players for third-most in the league.
Among all third baseman in the league, Castro is tops in batting average (.302), homers (nine), RBIs (43), runs scored (36) and extra-base hits (23). He is also third in on-base percentage (.385) and walks (25).
Outfield: Brandon Haveman isn't listed among the options of outfielders to vote for on the Atlantic League website -- although there is a write-in option. He deserves a spot nonetheless.
Haveman didn't put up impressive numbers in his limited action with Lancaster (10 games) before coming to York, but he's been one of the Revs' best hitters since joining the club in late May.
Just looking at his numbers in 32 games played for York, the speedy Haveman is leading all lead-off hitters in the league in batting average (.350) and is third in RBIs (18), fourth in runs scored (23) and on-base percentage (.372) and sixth in stolen bases (six).
His .350 batting average is also top-ten among all players in the league.
Honorable mention: Those are my top picks, but I also wouldn't be surprised if York second baseman Andres Perez (.310 batting average, seven homers, 23 RBIs, 35 runs scored) makes it in, too.
-- Reach John Walk at firstname.lastname@example.org.