Atkins, a Midwest League All-Star last year, held the FSL’s fifth-best ERA (1.88) as of May 31. The right-hander is 4-3 this season with 38 strikeouts and 12 walks in 57.1 innings pitched. Atkins has been at his best recently, winning his last two starts while delivering 17 consecutive scoreless innings.
Daytona’s entire starting outfield has also been selected, headlined by Tyler Colvin. A first-round draft pick and the Northwest League’s top prospect last year, Colvin has been rock solid in 2007 as Daytona’s starting center fielder. Colvin leads the league with 39 RBI and ranks second in the FSL with 18 doubles. He also paces the Cubs with 55 hits.
Chris Amador was named an All-Star for the first time in his professional career. Batting from the leadoff spot for much of the first half, Amador has been a dual threat with speed and power. Amador leads Daytona with four home runs and 13 stolen bases.
Jesus Valdez has been Mr. Consistency from the cleanup spot for the Cubs. Valdez strung together a 14-game hitting streak in the month of May, and is now batting .276. His 54 hits are the second-most on the team. Last year, Valdez hit .302 in the Midwest League and finished second in the league with 154 hits.
Matt Matulia rounds out the Daytona All-Star contingency. The scrappy infielder has been versatile in the field, playing shortstop, third base and second base during the first half. Matulia has scored 27 runs and stolen eight bases through May 31. He has also drawn a team-high 28 walks and leads the Cubs with five triples. This is Matulia’s first full professional season. He was drafted last year out of The Citadel in the 24th round.