Earlier today, the Texas League announced their rosters for the upcoming All-Star Game (June 27th in Frisco).
The NW Arkansas Naturals, who are currently tied for first place in the TL North Division, will have five representatives, along with the coaching staff.
Reliever Jake Newberry and Sam Selman will anchor the North bullpen. Newberry, the Naturals closer, is 7-for-9 in save opportunities (his seven saves are tied for first in the TL). Over 31.2 innings (20 appearances), he has walked just eight while striking out 21. Opponents are hitting .250 against him. The lefty Selman is 5-for-6 in save opportunities. Over 29.1 innings (19 appearances), he has walked 13 while striking out 44. Opponents are hitting just .165 against him.
Three infielders will be heading to Frisco. Shortstop Humberto Arteaga will be heading to an All-Star Game for the second straight season. Just like last season, Arty started the year in an offensive funk (.217 in April), only to raise his average almost one hundred points by the end of May. He is hitting .300 with eight doubles, two triples, and a home run. Arteaga has scored 23 runs and driven in 17. He also has just six errors.
It took him six minor league seasons, but infielder Jack Lopez has made an all-star team, as he is hitting .307 (ninth in the TL) with seven doubles, two triples, and two homers. This is by far his best offensive season. Lopez has moved into the Naturals leadoff spot and has played second, short, and third this season.
First baseman Samir Duenez started off the season hot (.321 in April), but has cooled off to hit just .234 over the next two months. Overall, Duenez is hitting .264 with ten doubles, two triples, and eight home runs. He has scored 34 runs and driven in 38.