2014 Coastal Plain League All-Star rosters announced

Updated July 04 2014

The Coastal Plain League announced today the rosters for the 2014 All-Star game to be held in Morehead City, N.C. July 13-14 at Big Rock Stadium.  This marks the 16th year the CPL has played an all-star game with last year’s being won by the East in Hampton, Va.

Players are separated by division and will be competing in front over a large contingency of scouts as well as fans. Since the game is being played in the Morehead City Marlins home ballpark, the East All-Stars will be the home team while the West All-Stars will serve as the visitors.

For the first time, the CPL turned to its fans to select their favorite of five candidates for the East and West All-Star teams respectively. The fan response was outstanding as over 3,000 fans voted in a 24-hour period.  In the East, Jason Blum (Fayetteville), Justin Novak (Petersburg), Kyle Carroll (Morehead City), Michael Montville (Wilmington), and Sam Tidaback (Peninsula) earned a spot on the final vote ballot. In the West, Rouric Bridgewater (Asheboro), Devin Wenzel (Forest City), JD Crowe (Columbia), Steven Pallares (Forest City), and Jared Allen (HP-Thomasville) were named finalists.

In the East, Morehead City’s Kyle Carroll (Jefferson College) was the leading vote getter with 854 votes. Fayetteville’s Jason Blum (Southeast Missouri State) finished second with 611 votes. Meanwhile, in the West, Asheboro’s Rouric Bridgewater (Grand Canyon) finished with the lead after receiving 566 votes. Columbia’s JD Crowe (Francis Marion) took second with 279 votes.

With their Fan Final Vote selections, Carroll and Bridgewater have earned a spot as 2014 CPL All-Stars. Further, and due to two injuries to selected All-Stars Taylor Nichols (Wilson / Louisiana Tech) in the East and Weston Wilson (HPThomasville / Clemson) in the West; the CPL has decided to reward Blum and Crowe to fill those spots. Thus, Carroll will start at designated hitter/utility player and Blum as his reserve for the East All-Stars; while Bridgewater will go in as the reserve third baseman and Crowe as the reserve designated hitter/utility player for the West All-Stars.

Also on the team are the players originally voted in by head coaches, broadcasters and media representatives from all 14 CPL teams. Of those, five were 919 Marketing CPL Players of the Week during the first half of the season: starting West outfielder Anthony Marks (Week 2), reserve East first baseman Seth LeRue (Week 4), starting West pitcher Jared Cheek (Week 3), reserve East pitcher Josh Roeder (Week 4), and reserve East pitcher Christian Slazinik (Week 5).

The rosters are stocked full of talent elsewhere as well, including multiple category leaders: Anthony Marks (.398 avg. and .479 on-base %), Orlando Olivera (39 hits), Ben Schmucker (26 RBIs), Kyle Nowlin and Gene Cone (nine doubles), Garrett Brooks and Taylor Ostrich (three triples), Hunter Bryant (five home runs and 58 total bases), Steven Linkous (20 stolen bases), Gunner Kines (42 strikeouts), Ryan Griffith (seven wins), and Michael Morrison (12 saves).

Starting pitchers for the game will be Jared Cheek (Gastonia) of Georgia for the West, and Cal Quantrill (Morehead City) of Stanford for the East.

In addition to the All-Star game, the Morehead City Marlins and Coastal Plain League will host a fan fest with live entertainment and home run derby on the night of Sunday July 13. Home Run Derby contestants will be announced early next week.

The East versus West All-Star Game will take place the following night, Monday July 14 and the full rosters can be found below. Starters are noted by asterisks (*) and players that were named all-stars but are unable to attend are marked with a pound sign (#).

Coastal Plain League 2014 East All-Star Roster
Position Name Team Ht. Wt. School Yr.
C Lane Paul*Fayetteville 5-11 210 Murray StateFr.
C Alex ClosePeninsula 6-3 230 LibertyJr.
1B Taylor Ostrich*Peninsula 6-3 215 Old DominionJr.
1B Seth LaRueWilson 6-1 200 CampbellJr.
2B Ryan Raslowsky*Edenton 5-9 170 Cal State NorthridgeJr.
2B P.J. Higgins Peninsula 5-11 175 Campbell Jr.
SS Andres Nelo*Peninsula 5-8 165 LeeJr.
SS Evan Rogers Edenton 5-11 165 Mars HillSo.
3B Steven Linkous*Wilmington 6-0 175 UNC WilmingtonSo.
3B Johnny Caputo Morehead City 6-2 195 Stony BrookJr.
DH/UTL Kyle Carroll*Morehead City 6-2 190 JeffersonSo.
DH/UTL Jason Blum Fayetteville 6-0 180 Southeast Missouri StateJr.
DH/UTL Taylor Nichols# Wilson 6-3 195 Louisiana TechJr.
OF Ben Schmucker*Wilson 6-2 205 UNC Pembroke Jr.
OF Jeremy Wolf*Petersburg 6-3 200 Trinity So.
OF Orlando Olivera*Edenton 6-0 220 Missouri BaptistJr.
OF Norm Donkin Fayetteville 6-0 195 Delaware StateJr.
OF Nate Moorhouse Wilmington 5-8 185 MercerJr.
OF Kyle Kempf Peninsula 5-10 180 Southern IndianaRS-So.
OF Garrett BrooksPeninsula 5-9 185 East CarolinaSo.
RHP Cal Quantrill* Morehead City 6-3 190 StanfordFr.
RHP Christian Slazinik Wilson 6-0 190 Eastern IllinoisRS-Jr.
LHP Gunner Kines Edenton 6-4 220 Mount OliveJr.
LHP Brandon Vick Peninsula 6-6 215 LongwoodJr.
RHP Jonathan Olczak Wilmington 6-0 190 N.C. StateSo.
RHP Jordy Farthing Fayetteville 6-5 220 Mount OliveJr.
RHP Kyle Stout Wilmington 6-0 190 Oral RobertsFr.
RHP Josh RoederEdenton 5-11 180 NebraskaJr.
Coastal Plain League 2014 West All-Star Roster
Position Name Team Ht. Wt. School Yr.
C Chris Robinson*Gastonia 5-10 180 Morehead StateRS-Jr.
C Austin Bossart Asheboro 6-2 210 PennsylvaniaJr.
1B Hunter Bryant*Forest City 6-4 235 UNC AshevilleJr.
1B Joseph BialkowskiFlorence 6-3 180 GeorgetownFr.
2B Henry Rundio*Gastonia 6-0 175 Gardner-WebbJr.
2B Alec Paradowski HP-Thomasville 5-8 165 Wofford So.
SS Jordan Gore*Florence 6-1 165 South CarolinaFr.
SS Joey Hawkins Forest City 6-0 175 Missouri StateJr.
3B Allen Staton*Columbia 5-10 190 North GreenvilleJr.
3B Rouric Bridgewater Asheboro 6-2 225 Grand CanyonJr.
3B Weston Wilson# HP-Thomasville 6-3 195 ClemsonFr.
DH/UTL Gavin Stupienski*Martinsville 6-2 215 UNC WilmingtonRS-Fr.
DH/UTL JD Crowe Columbia 6-0 210 Francis MarionRS-So.
OF Anthony Marks*Asheboro 5-8 170 Coastal CarolinaSo.
OF Brandon Rawe*Florence 6-2 190 Morehead State Jr.
OF Des Roberts*HP-Thomasville 6-1 205 CharlotteRS-Jr.
OF Weston Lawing Gatonia 6-3 220 LanderJr.
OF Kyle Nowlin Martinsville 6-0 220 Eastern KentuckySo.
OF Gene Cone Florence 6-1 165 South CarolinaFr.
OF Chase SheltonColumbia 6-5 230 Charleston SouthernJr.
RHP Jared Cheek* Gastonia 5-11 180 GeorgiaJr.
RHP Trevor Richards Asheboro 6-3 180 DruryJr.
RHP Brock Goodling Forest City 6-2 195 WinthropRS-So.
RHP Jacob MillimanFlorence 6-5 235 AuburnJr.
RHP Ryan GriffithFlorence 5-11 175 FurmanSo.
RHP Matt Smith Forest City 6-4 225 GeorgetownSo.
RHP Michael Morrison Jr. Florence 6-2 190 Coastal CarolinaJr.
RHP Craig PearcyGastonia 6-1 180 Morehead StateRS-So.

About the Coastal Plain League:
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 18th season in 2014, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. Further more, the CPL has had over 1,200 alumni drafted and 70 alums – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut thus far; while another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at CoastalPlain.com, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (as CPLBaseball).


Shelby Hilliard


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