Left fielder Nathan Southard called it an "honor."
Either way, they are headed to the same place next week.
Craig, Van Slyke and Southard
will represent the State College Spikes on a team comprised of players from National League affiliates during next Wednesday's New York-Penn League All-Star game at Aberdeen's Ripken Stadium.
and Craig earned all-star honors during their first professional seasons, while Van Slyke is a second time NY-PL all-star selection.
and Craig earned their selections after making smooth transitions to professional baseball.Craig, an eighth-round draft pick from California, entered Thursday hitting .287 with four homers and 27 RBIs.
"It's pretty sweet to go to an all-star game your first pro year," he
said."I hear Aberdeen is awesome and I'm looking forward to it."Southard
, a 17th-round pick from Tulane, is ranked among the league leaders in multiple categories.His
.312 batting average ranked 10th among players averaging 2.7 plate appearances per game and he
was leading the league in extra-base hits (23), doubles (17) and slugging percentage (.516).
"I go out there every day and try to get a hit every time," Southard
and Van Slyke have all been granted permission to play in the game by the Cardinals.