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Ten Royals farmhands named Minor League All-Stars06/13/2007 11:41 AM ET
KANSAS CITY -- A combined total of 10 Royals minor league players have been named to their respective league's All-Star squads, led by the Class A Advanced Wilmington Blue Rocks, who had five players named to the Carolina League team. The Triple-A Pacific Coast League All-Star squad has yet to be announced.
Right-handed pitcher and 2006 Royals first-round selection Luke Hochevar headlines the three players who will represent Double-A Wichita at the Texas League All-Star Game in Corpus Christi on June 26. The others are outfielder and 2003 first-round selection Chris Lubanski and first baseman and 2000 first-round pick Mike Stodolka. Hochevar, 23, is 3-5 with a 4.75 ERA and paces the Texas League with 72 strikeouts in 72 innings. Lubanski, 22, is hitting .291 with 11 doubles, three triples, eight home runs and 29 RBI while Stodolka, 25, is batting .270 with 11 doubles, seven homers and 24 RBI.
A league-high five Wilmington Blue Rocks have been chosen as members of the 2007 Carolina League All-Star team, which will travel west to face the California League All-Stars in Stockton, Calif., on June 19. The players are outfielder Jose Duarte, infielder Mario Lisson, left-hander Rowdy Hardy, and right-handers Julio Pimentel and Gilbert De La Vara. The speedy Duarte, 22, ranks seventh in the league with a .300 average, tied for fifth with 41 runs scored and has 16 steals in 21 attempts. The 23-year-old Lisson, who will start at third base, is a .294 hitter with 21 extra-base hits and 37 RBI. Hardy, 24, is 7-1 and leads the league with a 1.62 ERA. The 21-year-old Pimentel, acquired from the Dodgers with Odalis Perez and Blake Johnson last season, is 3-2 with a 2.86 ERA. De La Vara, 22, has been nearly flawless in relief, posting a 0.64 ERA in 19 appearances.
Third baseman Michael Thompson and right-handed pitcher Tyler Chambliss will represent the Single-A Burlington Bees at the Midwest League All-Star Game at Kane County on June 19. Thompson, a 23-year-old who was signed as a minor league free agent in early March, has cracked 12 home runs, tied for second in the league. Chambliss, 22, was the Royals 11th-round selection in last year's draft and is 3-0 with a 2.41 ERA in 17 appearances. The Florida State product has 47 strikeouts in 37.1 innings.
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