Thursday, June 27, 2002
The Presidents of the three Double-A Associations, Bill Troubh of the Eastern League, Don Mincher of the Southern League and Tom Kayser of the Texas League, announced today the 2002 American League Team for the Tobacco Free Double-A All-Star Game at Dodd Stadium on July 10, hosted by the Eastern League’s Norwich (Conn.) Navigators.
Of the 25 American League players, 11 are from the Eastern League, seven are of the Southern League and seven are from the Texas League.
Former Alabama All-American Andy Phillips is one of the 25 players representing the American League at his home ballpark in Norwich.
Phillips election to the 2002 Double-A Al-Star team marks the second consecutive season the Crimson Tide is represented in the nationally televised event. Former UA All-American Dustan Mohr (1995-97) played in the 2001 Double-A All-Star game and hit one home run before a capacity crowd at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas. Mohr is currently the starting right fielder for the American League Central Division leading Minnesota Twins, where he is batting .303 (61-for-201) with six home runs and 23 RBI.
A native of Demopolis, Phillips has appeared in 68 games for the Norwich Navigators (Double A affiliate of the New York Yankees) this season and is batting .293 (75-for-255) with 18 home runs and 48 RBI. He has also added 54 runs scored, 22 doubles and two triples as the Navigators starting second baseman.
Phillips currently leads the Eastern League in home runs (18), extra base hits (42) and slugging percentage (.605) and ranks fifth in the EL with 54 runs scored.
The former Alabama standout is second in all of Double A baseball with 18 home runs, trailing only Midland (Oakland Athletics) slugger Graham Koonce, who paces the Texas League with 19 home runs.
Phillips played four years for Coach Jim Wells at Alabama and compiled a .356 (322-for-904) career batting average with 61 home runs and 226 RBI. He was an First-Team All-America selection by the National Collegiate Baseball Writer’s Association and College Baseball Insider following a stellar senior season. Phillips was also a Third-Team All-America selection by Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America and American Baseball Coaches Association.
In addition to Phillips, the All-Stars from the Eastern League are as follows: Wilton Veras, third baseman from Trenton; Freddy Sanchez, shortstop from Trenton; Victor Martinez, catcher from Akron; Jeff Smith, catcher from New Britain; Lew Ford, outfielder from New Britain; Kevin Reese, outfielder from Norwich; Cody Ross, outfielder from Erie; Erik Bedard, pitcher from Bowie; Juan Padilla, pitcher from New Britain; Billy Traber, pitcher from Akron.
The All-Stars from the Southern League are as follows: Josh Pressley, first baseman from Orlando; Aaron Miles, second baseman from Birmingham; Alex Fernandez, outfielder from Birmingham; Dewayne Wise, outfielder from Tennessee; Vinny Chulk, pitcher from Tennessee; Nathan Ruhl, pitcher from Orlando; Joe Valentine, pitcher from Birmingham.
The All-Stars from the Texas League are as follows: Mike O’Keefe, first baseman from Arkansas, Marshall McDougall, shortstop from Midland; Graham Koonce, designated hitter from Midland; Runelvys Hernandez, pitcher from Wichita; Greg Rusner, pitcher from Tulsa; Aaron Taylor, pitcher from San Antonio; Mike Wood, pitcher from Midland.
The 2002 Tobacco Free Double A All-Star Game will be played at 7 p.m. (ET) The game will be carried live on the YES Network, NESN, Comcast SportsNet (Tuscaloosa, Channel 29) and the Sunshine Network. The game is also available on Direct TV.