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Two Legends named to South Atlantic League All-Star Game in Lexington

Emilio Ogando is 4-4 with a 3.93 ERA for Lexington this season.
Emilio Ogando is 4-4 with a 3.93 ERA for Lexington this season. Lexington Legends

Lexington Legends pitcher Emilio Ogando and catcher Chase Vallot were named to the Southern Division roster for the South Atlantic League All-Star Game, which will be played at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington on June 21.

Legends manager Omar Ramirez will serve as a coach for the Southern Division team, and Lexington’s Mark Keiser will be a team athletic trainer.

The 26-player rosters for the Northern and Southern Divisions were selected by the votes of managers and coaching staffs, local media and front office executives.

The 22-year-old Ogando, a left-hander from Valrico, Fla., was a 12th-round pick by the Kansas City Royals in the 2014 draft. He is 4-4 this season with an earned run average of 3.93. He has appeared in 11 games and started seven. Ogando has struck out 48 batters and walked 18 in 55 innings pitched.

Vallot, 19, is a native of Lafayette, La. He was a first-round pick (40th overall) by the Royals in 2014. He is batting .289 with eight home runs and 29 RBI. He is tied for third in the league in home runs and fourth in slugging percentage at .535.

Vallot has been out of action since taking a hard fall after catching a throw at home plate in the Legends’ game against Greensboro on June 1. He is listed as day-to-day and is expected to return to the active roster soon. He is temporarily on the roster of the Arizona League Royals, a short-season team that does not begin its season until later this month.

South Atlantic League All-Stars


Manager: Patrick Anderson (Hagerstown).

Coaches: Amaury Garcia and Sam Narron (Hagerstown).

Athletic trainer: Dom Cappozzo (West Virginia).

Pitchers: Garrett Cleavinger and Ryan Meisinger (Delmarva), Mariano Rivera and Jefry Rodriguez (Hagerstown), Ben Holmes and C.J. Robinson (Greensboro), Pedro Payano and Erik Swanson (Hickory), Tanner Banks and Zach Thompson (Kannapolis), Mitch Keller (West Virginia).

Catchers: Yermin Mercedes (Delmarva), Tyler Sanchez (Hickory), Seby Zavala (Kannapolis).

Infielders: Josh Naylor, 1B (Greensboro); Max Schrock, 2B (Hagerstown); Kelvin Gutierrez, 3B (Hagerstown); Yeyson Yrizarri, SS (Hickory); Ke’Bryan Hayes, utility IF (West Virginia); Josh Tobias, utility IF (Lakewood).

Outfielders: Jose Pujols, RF (Lakewood); Victor Robles, CF (Hagerstown); Tito Polo, LF (West Virginia); Landon Lassiter, utility OF (Kannapolis); Isael Soto, utility OF (Greensboro).

Designated hitter: Alex Murphy (Delmarva).


Manager: Luis Dorante (Charleston).

Coaches: Omar Ramirez (Lexington), Justin Pope (Charleston).

Athletic trainer: Mark Keiser (Lexington).

Pitchers: Cody Carroll, Andrew Schwaab and Daris Vargas (Charleston); Jake Cosart and Roniel Raudes (Greenville); Phil Bickford and Michael Santos (Augusta); Mike Soroka and Patrick Weigel (Rome); Emilio Ogando (Lexington); P.J. Conlon (Columbia).

Catchers: Chase Vallot (Lexington), Jonathan Morales (Rome), Matt Winn (Augusta).

Infielders: Brian Mundell, 1B (Asheville); Vinny Siena, 2B (Columbia); David Thompson, 3B (Columbia); Brendan Rodgers, SS (Asheville); Luis Alejandro Basabe, utility IF (Greenville); Luke Dykstra, utility IF (Rome).

Outfielders: Sam Hilliard, LF (Asheville); Yonathan Daza, RF (Asheville); Ray-Patrick Didder, CF (Rome); Dylan Davis, utility OF (Augusta); Tate Matheny, utility OF (Greenville).

Designated hitter: Josh Ockimey (Greenville).

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