Augusta will be well represented at this year's South Atlantic League All-Star Game with five GreenJackets on the Southern Division roster.
The league isn't expected to announce the full rosters until today, but members of the team confirmed Monday that second baseman Carlos Willoughby, third baseman Adam Duvall, starting pitcher Taylor Rogers, closer Stephen Harrold and pitching coach Steve Kline made the list.
"It means a lot. I was actually surprised," Duvall said. "Stuff like that you never really expect it."
The game will take place June 21 in Salisbury, Md., where the Delmarva Shorebirds will play host to the three-day event.
Duvall entered Monday's game ranked third in the league with 42 RBI, including 26 runs driven in through his past 26 games. The GreenJackets third baseman also led the league with 14 homers.
Willoughby has been the most consistent part of a GreenJackets middle infield that had turned a league-leading 74 double plays through Monday. The leadoff man also held a wide lead over the rest of the league with 23 stolen bases on 28 attempts.
Rogers entered the week ranked sixth in the league with a 2.67 ERA, and Harrold's eight saves were good for fifth. The right-handed closer had made more appearances (24) than any other reliever.
Kline earned his first all-star nod as a pitching coach in his third year in Augusta.
DERBY DEFENDER: Duvall, who has averaged a home run every three games over the past month, said it's too early to say whether he'll compete in the home run derby as part of the all-star festivities.
"I haven't talked to anyone about it," he said. "I'll have to get some advice from a friend of mine."
Duvall's friend is fellow University of Louisville product Chris Dominguez. The power-hitting third baseman off last year's GreenJackets team put on a one-man show to win the 2010 home run derby in Greenville.
FRY FACTOR: The temperature rose just in time for the GreenJackets' current homestand this week. The first-pitch temperature for Sunday's series opener was listed at 98 degrees, and starting pitcher Shawn Sanford noticed.
"That was really hot," he said. "This Augusta weather is no joke."
Manager Lipso Nava, spending his fourth season in Augusta, said he told the team about the city in the summer.
"It's extremely hot," he said. "I've been telling them this is nothing. This is just the beginning. We remind them to keep drinking fluids and get their rest."
Athletic trainer David Getsoff and strength coach Jim Bose are monitoring the players. Getsoff said the typical action to take in such extreme temperatures is to limit outdoor activity.
"But here you're going to play through it," Getsoff said. "So you have to make sure you're acclimated to it and stay hydrated."
ADAPTING: Heat wasn't a problem for Seth Rosin when he played college ball for Minnesota. He said it's a factor now.
"It takes some getting used to," he said. "I was down in LSU one time in a regional, but that was just for three or four days. This is going to be the whole summer."
But the fourth-round pick from last year's draft is used to change. He began the season as a starter, posting a 1-2 record and 2.82 ERA in eight starts.
The 22-year-old right-hander was shifted to the bullpen last month and hadn't allowed a run in his past three outings entering Monday's game.
"It's been a transition, starting and relieving," he said. "I'll do whatever they need me to do. I just like to play and be part of a team."
DAD'S DREAM DAY: The GreenJackets are offering fans a chance to honor their dad on Fathers' Day this year with an essay contest. The team announced the promotion last week, seeking essay submissions of 200 words or less about a worthy dad. The winning essay will grant the father the opportunity to become a GreenJackets player for a day, which will include throwing the ceremonial first pitch and taking batting practice with the team.
The winning writer will receive two free tickets to the GreenJackets Fathers' Day game on June 19.
Essays must be submitted to lchristie@greenjacketsbaseball .com or delivered to the team's front office at Lake Olmstead Stadium by 5 p.m. June 13.