The 57th Florida State League All-Star game is set for Saturday night at Tampa's Steinbrenner Field, and the Daytona Tortugas will be well represented.
In fact, Daytona's eight players is the most in team history (since that information began to be tracked in 1966), and the most for a FSL team since 2010 (Charlotte, nine).
Here is a rundown of who will be representing the Tortugas on the west coast Saturday night:
Tyler Stephenson, C
A top-10 Reds prospect, Stephenson is hitting .274 with six home runs and 29 RBIs, and is second on the team with 12 doubles. The 21-year-old backstop has thrown out 13 of 55 runners so far this season, and committed just one error. This is the second All-Star selection for the former second-round draft pick (2017, Dayton).
Mitch Nay, third base
Nay has played in 60 games this spring, and is hitting .271 with a team-high 15 doubles and 41 RBIs. The 24-year-old has committed 12 errors in 73 attempts, and will be making his fourth career trip to the All-Star game, and first since 2014 with Lansing (A).
Brantley Bell, utility
The son of two-time MLB All-Star Jay Bell, Brantley is batting .255 with 24 RBIs in 2018, and is hitting .382 over his past 10 games. Now in his second season with Daytona, Bell, 23, has played all over the infield, including games at second, third and short, and will be an utility option for the North All-Star Team.
TJ Friedl, outfield
Friedl leads the 'Tugas with 63 hits this spring, and is fourth on the team with a .290 average. The versatile outfielder has made 36 starts in left, 19 in center and two more in right field, and was also an All-Star with Dayton (A) last season.
Taylor Trammell, outfield
The 21 year-old is hitting .297 with three triples, six doubles and six home runs, and is second on the team with 34 walks. The former first round pick is the No. 3 prospect in the Reds system, and will be making his first All-Star appearance.
Tony Santillan, pitcher
The righty is 5-4 with a 3.00 ERA in 12 starts for Daytona, and was the team's opening day starter. The 21-year-old did not allow an earned run through his first 21 innings pitched this year, which was the longest streak without an earned run to begin a season for Daytona since 2006. Santillan has been elected to the All-Star Game in three straight seasons.
Ryan Hendrix, pitcher
The righty reliever is 2-2 with a 1.69 ERA and has converted 4 of 5 saves in his second season with Daytona. Hendrix, 23, has fanned 39 batters in his 26.2 innings this season, and leads Daytona in ERA amongst pitchers with 7-plus innings of work. This will be his first All-Star selection.
Joel Kuhnel, pitcher
Kuhnel 0-1 with a 3.33 ERA and a leads the 'Tugas with seven saves in 20 relief outings. The righty became the team's closer once Jesse Stallings went on the disabled list in early May and now ranks third in the league in saves. This will be Kuhnel's first All-Star game appearance.