The top players in the New York-Penn League will descend upon Dodd Stadium in Norwich tonight when the Connecticut Tigers play host to the Single-A short-season All-Star Game at 7:30 p.m.
The American League stars, led by Tigers manager Andrew Graham and his coaching staff, will take on the National League all-stars, featuring one of the New York Mets' top prospects, former UConn second baseman LJ Mazzilli of the Brooklyn Cyclones.
Three Tigers will play for the American League team - pitchers Jonathan Crawford and Zach Reininger and outfielder Ben Verlander. Crawford is one of two first-round draft picks selected to play, joining third baseman Eric Jagielo of State Island, the Yankees' top choice in the 2013 draft out of Notre Dame.
Pitchers Rookie Davis and Stefan Lopez, infielders Bubba Jones and Jose Rosario and outfielder Yeicok Calderon will also represent the Yankees while three Red Sox farmhands from the Lowell Spinners will also play - pitchers Sergio Gomez and Joe Gunkel and outfielder Kevin Mager.
Outfielder Mike Yastrzemski of the Aberdeen FireBirds (Orioles affiliate), the grandson of Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, will also play for the AL stars.
Mazzilli, who is battling .303 and leads the league with 61 hits, is one of five Mets prospects on the NL roster, but the only field position players. The other Cyclones are pitchers - Miller Diaz, John Gant, Robert Gsellman and John Mincone.
Tickets for the game are available by visiting the Dodd Stadium Box Office or calling the box office at (860) 887-7962.
- Day Staff Reports