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Salem Sox trio named to Carolina League All-Star team

Posted by Craig Forde  June 7, 2013 09:56 PM

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CALASG.jpgA trio of Red Sox prospects will make the cross-country trek to San Jose to represent the Carolina League versus the California League in the 17th annual All-Star game between the leagues.

On Friday it was announced that third baseman Garin Cecchini and catcher Blake Swihart were chosen as starters and left-handed pitcher Henry Owens was added to a stacked Carolina League All-Star pitching staff.

Cecchini1.jpgCecchini, a 22-year-old prospect who is rocketing up the charts for his all-around play, makes his third All-Star team in as many pro seasons.

Ranked as the 8th best prospect in the Sox system by MLB.com, Cecchini has been atop the leader boards in hitting for much of the season, carrying league bests in batting average (.346), on-base percentage (.461) and OPS (1.014).

Cecchini has 65 hits on the year, 25 for extra bases and has stolen 14 bases in 19 attempts.

Swihart1.jpgSwihart becomes an All-Star for the first time in his brief career.

The 21-year-old catcher from Rio Rancho, New Mexico continues to show improvement at the plate, following a .254 April with a .324 May.

On the year Swihart is batting .289 with 19 RBIs, 17 runs, 6 stolen bases and 17 extra base hits.

He also continues to improve behind the plate, gunning down 17 would-be base stealers in 43 games behind the dish.

Henry Owens, the youngest Salem Red Sox player at 20, makes his first official All-Star game after being named an MiLB.com organizational All-Star following his 2012 campaign.

Owens1.jpgComing into the season as the Red Sox 5th best prospect per MLB.com, Owens has strung together a 4-2 record with 3.21 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP in 11 starts this season.

Owens has K’d 68 batters in 56 innings, bringing his strikeouts-per-nine innings average to 10.9 to go along with an opponent batting average of .190.

Other notables for the Carolina League include Cleveland Indians top prospect 2B Francisco Lindor, RHP Luke Jackson, a Texas Rangers top 5 pitching prospect and Winston-Salem Dash infielder Jeremy Farrell, son of Red Sox manager John.

The California League roster boasts one of the Los Angeles Angels top two pitching prospects in RHP Matt Sappington and San Francisco Giants top 20 prospect LHP Ty Blach.

Last season Salem had four All-Stars; Michael Olmstead, Travis Shaw, Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr.

This year’s event is being hosted by the San Jose Giants at Municipal Stadium with first pitch scheduled for 10:35 EST.

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