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June 7, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Five from Drive named to South Atlantic League All-Star Game

Eric Jarinko, Greenville's media relations director, revealed on Twitter that the Drive have had a large contingent voted to this year's South Atlantic League All-Star game.

Five players from Low-A Greenville were selected, including first baseman Miles Head and left fielder Brandon Jacobs, who will start the game at their respective positions, and pitcher Manuel Rivera. Two players recently promoted to High-A Salem, pitcher Anthony Ranaudo and outfielder Bryce Brentz, were also selected, but will not participate in the all-star festivities.

Head, 20, is having a breakout season in his sophomore campaign as a professional. He is currently hitting .340/.405/.626 with 19 doubles, 13 home runs and 38 RBI. He leads the South Atlantic League in total bases and is second in doubles and home runs.

Jacobs, also 20 and in his second professional season, is currently hitting .319/.387/.505 with 14 doubles, 6 home runs, 28 RBI and 12 stolen bases.

Rivera, 21, is in his second season with Greenville and fifth overall as a professional. The left-hander has compiled a 4-2 record with a 3.75 ERA, striking out 66 in 57.2 innings pitched.

Ranaudo, 21, made his professional debut with Greenville earlier this season. The 2010 first round selection was 4-1 with a 3.33 ERA with 50 strikeouts in 46.0 innings as a member of the Drive. After his early season success, he was promoted to Salem on June 1.

Brentz, 22, has been one of the biggest success stories in the Boston system this season. In just his second professional season after being selected in the first round of the 2010 draft, Brentz hit .359/.414/.647 with 10 doubles, 11 home runs and 36 RBI as a member of Greenville. He also put together a 26-game hitting streak, the longest in all of minor league baseball so far this season. Currently on the disabled list with an injured wrist, Brentz was promoted to Salem on May 21.

Additionally, Drive head athletic trainer David Herrera will fill that role for the South Division squad.