5 Barons players selected to Southern League ASG


February 19, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA; Chicago White Sox catcher Kevan Smith (81) poses for a picture during photo day at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

There will be five Birmingham Barons on the 2014 Southern League All-Star game roster for the Double-A level.

On the roster from the Chicago White Sox Double-A affiliate are:

Kevan Smith (catcher), Josh Richmond (outfielder), Trayce Thompson (outfielder), Cody Winiarski (relief pitcher) and Michael Earley (outfielder).

The Double-A All-Stars for the Southern League are selected by field managers, radio broadcasters, general managers and print media according to a press release.

Here are some stats provided in press releases on the five All-Stars:

• Earley is hitting .266 (53-for-199) with two home runs, 10 doubles, 15 runs scored and 24 RBI in 52 games.

• In his first season at the Double-A level, Smith is hitting .321 (50-for-156) with four home runs, 11 doubles, 32 runs scored and 22 RBI in 41 games.

• On the year, Richmond is hitting .271 (42-for-155) with four home runs, 11 doubles, 26 runs scored and a team-best 27 RBI in 44 games.

• On the season, Thompson is hitting .217 (45-for-212) with a team-leading six home runs, 32 runs scored and 25 RBI in 56 games.

• On the season, Winiarski is 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA (11 ER/26.2 IP) with a team-leading five saves in six opportunities and 30 strikeouts in 19 games.

The White Sox have a lot of prospects to be excited over on this squad, and remember the Barons were the 2013 Southern League champions, and some of this players are now on the Triple-A club in Charlotte.

The All-Star Game for the Southern League will be played in Chattanooga, TN on June 17.