The Mooresville Spinners are full of them.
The Southern Collegiate Baseball League says so.
As a reward for their current ownership of second place in the standings heading into the stretch-run segment of regular-season play, the Spinners – also defending postseason tournament champions – have nine players named to this season’s SCBL All-Star team. The total is among the most from a single league entry.
This week marks the league’s official all-star break with no games within the SCBL. The Spinners are sidelined until, at the earliest, Thursday night.
From the Spinners perspective, it isn’t much of a break at all.
Mooresville covered all its bases with players representing the infield, the outfield, behind the plate and on the mound, respectively, among those singled out for All-Star status.
From the team’s roster, the SCBL All-Star talent includes: infielders Drew Yniesta (North Charleston, SC, Erskine College) and Seth McAulay (Huntersville, Western Carolina University); outfielder Jake Whitcomb (Harrisburg, UNC Charlotte); catcher Tyler McPeak (Denver, Campbell University); and pitchers Reese Robinson (Dayton, Ohio, Wake Forest University), Josh Pike (Summerfield, N.C. State University), Nash Jamison (Mt. Holly, Florence Darlington Tech), Trent Joiner (Huntersville, College of Charleston) and Ethan Lauchart (Sissonville, West Virginia, West Virginia State University).
As a crew, the Spinners selected are joining similar selections in participating in the Southeast Collegiate Prospects Showcase taking place through Wednesday. All festivities are taking place on the host USA Baseball National Training complex located in Cary.
At the event, all players picked as all-stars will play in front of attending college and professional baseball scouts. The routine includes assessment drills, batting practice and the conducting of several All-Star games.
In addition to players hailing from the SCBL, other leagues represented at the region-wide attraction bring players from the Valley League, Sunbelt League, Florida League and Cal Ripken League.
The Spinners players will be among the SCBL All-Stars slated to play against counterparts representing the Cal Ripken League in one of the trio of games scheduled to take place.
Mooresville entered the all-star break owning a 25-11 overall record that included a 20-10 SCBL record. The latter accounts for the most weight regarding any postseason positioning, which places the Spinners all alone in second place in the league standings. Mooresville, winner of eight of its last 10 games entering the all-star break, remains within sight of the current league leader and has a cushion on the current third-place entry
On the heels of the recent break in the playing schedule, the Spinners return to play Thursday night, hosting the rival Lake Norman Copperheads at Moor Park.
On Saturday night, Mooresville will conduct its annual Alumni Night by welcoming all former team members to attend the home game against the SCBL-member Lenoir Oilers.
This week marks the next-to-the-last one of regular season play, with SCBL postseason play scheduled to begin July 29.