Carolina League All-Stars, Pelicans Well Represented


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

June 5, 2001
Contact: Bryan Dolgin, Director of Media & Public Relations
843-918-6016



Carolina League All-Stars
Pelicans Well Represented

MYRTLE BEACH, SC — The Carolina League announced their 2001 mid-season All-Star Team today. The Carolina League All-Stars will play the California League All-Stars on June 19 in Lancaster, CA. Pelicans’ manager Brian Snitker, pitching coach Bruce Dal Canton and athletic trainer Mike Graus make up the Carolina League’s field staff. Outfielder Ryan Langerhans, shortstop Wilson Betemit and third baseman (utility player) Troy Cameron will represent the Pelicans on this 20-man Carolina League All-Star Team. The all-star break is June 18-20.

Langerhans, 21, has spent most of the season as the starting right fielder, but played center field, too. He enters tonight’s game batting .277 with two triples, three home runs, 20 RBI, 25 runs scored and nine stolen bases through 53 games played. Langerhans leads the team in stolen bases and is tied for the team lead in doubles. The Atlanta Braves drafted Langerhans in the 3rd round of the ’98 June draft out of Round Rock (TX) High School. This season is his 2nd in Myrtle Beach and his 4th in pro baseball. Baseball America ranked Langerhans as having the best outfield arm in the Braves minor league system. He resides in Round Rock, TX.

Betemit, 19, has played in 56 of the Pelicans 57 games this season and is the youngest player on the current Pelicans roster. Entering tonight’s game, Betemit has a .280 batting average, a triple, a home run, 14 doubles, 21 RBI, 23 runs scored and 6 stolen bases. He leads the team with 59 hits and 211 at-bats. Betemit is tied for the team lead in doubles. Currently, Betemit ranks second at his position in the CL with a .934 fielding percentage. The Atlanta Braves signed Betemit as a non-drafted free agent on July 28, 1996. This season is his 5th in pro baseball. Betemit resides in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Baseball America ranked Betemit as the Braves number one ranked prospect.

Cameron, 22, is slated as a utility player on this All-Star team. Through the first 52 games he has played this season, Cameron is batting .253 with 7 home runs, 10 doubles, 24 runs scored and 35 RBI. He ranks first on the team and tied for first in the CL in RBI, and he is second on the team in home runs. Currently, Cameron ranks second among third baseman in the CL with a .924 fielding percentage. The Atlanta Braves drafted Cameron in the 1st round of the ’97 June draft out of St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, FL. This season is his 2nd in Myrtle Beach and 5th in pro baseball.

Since the Pelicans won the 2000 Carolina League championship, Snitker, Dal Canton and Graus were named the field staff for the 2001 Carolina League All-Star Team. Snitker has guided the Pelicans to back-to-back CL championships. Dal Canton has coached the best pitching staff in the CL the past two seasons (3.50 ERA in ’99 & 2.51 ERA in ’00).

In ’00, the Pelicans mid-season All-Stars were RHP Billy Sylvester, 1B A.J. Zapp, LF Cory Aldridge and C Steve Torrealba. In ’99, the Pelicans mid-season All-Stars were 2B Marcus Giles, RHP Jason Flach and INF Jose Cepeda.

Starting Lineup
C – Victor Martinez – Kinston
1B – Garrett Atkins – Salem
2B – Bo Hart – Potomac
SS – Wilson Betemit – Myrtle Beach
3B – Nate Grindell – Kinston
OF – Covelli Crisp – Potomac
OF – Dan Phillips – Salem
OF – Ryan Langerhans – Myrtle Beach
DH – Donovan Ross – Wilmington
Utility Players
C – Shawn Schumacher – Potomac
IF – Troy Cameron – Myrtle Beach
IF – Ryan Hankins – Winston-Salem
OF – Eric Johnson – Kinston
Pitchers
LHP – Shane Wallace – Kinston
RHP – Scotty Layfield – Potomac
LHP – Cory Vance – Salem
RHP – Sonny Garcia – Frederick
RHP – Kyle Denney – Kinston
RHP – Steve Bechler – Frederick
RHP – Jose Lopez – Lynchburg
Field Staff
Manager – Brian Snitker – Myrtle Beach
Pitching Coach – Bruce Dal Canton – Myrtle Beach
Trainer – Mike Graus – Trainer



The Pelicans also have announced that Strand Regional Specialty Associates (SRSA) will continue to be the “Official Team Doctors” for the third consecutive season. SRSA specialize in orthopaedic surgery, sports medicine, neurological surgery, neurology, opthalmology, plastic and reconstructive surgery. Their partnership with the Pelicans includes advertising on the team’s radio broadcasting, stadium signage, print advertising and sponsorship of promotional giveaways. SRSA can be contacted at 843-449-2336.



The Pelicans will continue riding in style to the seven other Carolina League cities. Sunway Charters & Tours will provide the Pelicans with their team bus for the third consecutive season. Their Van Hool 900 Series buses are equipped with reclining seats, extra leg-room, air-conditioning, televisions, a VCR, and a restroom. Sunway has been operating in the Myrtle Beach area for the last 25 years. Sunway can be contacted at 843-293-1773.

The Pelicans’ Director of Corporate Sales, Matt Harris, can be contacted for additional information at 843-918-6012 or mharris@mb-baseball.com.

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans quest for a “three-peat” as the Carolina League’s Champion begins on April 6 versus the Winston-Salem Warthogs. Season ticket packages and group tickets are on sale now. Individual game tickets will be available for purchase on Saturday, March 10 beginning at 10 AM at Coastal Federal Field. The Pelicans’ ticket office can be contacted at 843-918-6000 or e-mail us at the team at info@myrtlebeachpelicans.com.



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