Six Hooks selected as All-Stars

June 5, 2008 7:20:34 PM PDT
Six members of the Corpus Christi Hooks have been selected for this year's Texas League All-Star Game on June 25 in Springfield, Mo.Two position players -- shortstop Tommy Manzella and second baseman Drew Sutton -- were named starters for the South Division team. Third baseman Chris Johnson was selected as a reserve infielder while left fielder Billy Hart was chosen as a reserve outfielder.

Pitchers Brad James and Ryan McKeller round out the Corpus Christi contingent. McKeller was added to the team as a replacement for Frisco hurler Matt Harrison, who was recently promoted to Triple-A.

Manzella leads all Texas League shortstops with a .984 fielding percentage, with only four errors in 255 total chances. At the plate, Manzella is batting .299 with 11 doubles, a league-best five triples, four home runs and team-high 34 RBIs. Manzella also owns the longest hitting streak in the double-A ranks this season, having hit safely in 20 straight games from April 11 through May 1.

Sutton, the only member of the club who has played in all 57 games this season, is eighth in the circuit in hitting (.307) and is tied for the league lead with 18 doubles. He is also tied for second in hits (70) and runs (43) and is fifth in on-base percentage (.408).

Johnson (.303, 4 HRs, 24 RBIs in 42 games) ranks 10th in the league in hitting while Hart fifth in doubles (16) and tied for second on the club in stolen bases (7).

James, who leads the Hooks with five wins, ranks seventh in the league in ERA (3.57). He has held opponents to two or fewer earned runs in nine of his 12 starts and has pitched a minimum of six innings eight times. The Hooks are 8-4 this season when James takes the hill.

McKeller (2-1, 3.67 ERA, 1 save) is Corpus Christi's leader in strikeouts per nine innings (11.80), having fanned 45 batters in 34.1 innings.

The All-Star rosters were chosen in balloting by league managers, broadcasters and beat writers. Starting pitchers for the game will be named at a later date by the managers.

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