RENO, Nev. --- Former North Carolina pitchers Brian Moran and Rob Wooten will participate in the 2013 Triple-A All-Star Game Wednesday night at 9 p.m. ET as members of the Pacific Coast League team. The PCL All-Stars will take on the best young players from the International League in a game televised live across the country on the MLB Network.
Moran, 24, earned his first All-Star selection in his second season with the Tacoma Rainiers. The left-hander leads Tacoma's relief staff with a 2.41 ERA, 41.0 innings pitched and 58 strikeouts through the first 30 appearances of his 2013 campaign. Moran ranks second among PCL relievers with a rate of 12.73 strikeouts per nine innings pitched this season.
A three-year standout at Carolina, Moran earned third-team All-America honors as a junior before going to the Mariners in the ninth round of the 2009 MLB Draft. His final year in Chapel Hill was his best, as he finished 7-1 with a 2.31 ERA and four saves and helped lead UNC to its fourth consecutive College World Series appearance. He had an incredible 169 strikeouts to just 26 walks in 123.1 innings in his Tar Heel career, including a 90/8 ratio as a junior.
The 27-year-old Wooten is tied for second in the PCL with his team-leading 18 saves and has posted a 3.12 ERA in 37 relief appearances for the Nashville Sounds. On the year, he is holding opponents to a .214 average and has struck out 43 batters against just 12 walks.
Wooten has allowed a run in only nine of his 37 outings this season and has notched a save in 13 of his last 18 trips to the hill. The All-Star nod is the second midseason honor of Wooten's six-year pro career. He was previously recognized as a Florida State League All-Star in 2009 during his second pro year season.
Wooten played four seasons at Carolina before being selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 13th round of the 2008 draft. Like Moran, his final season at UNC was his best, as the Pikeville, N.C., product went 6-2 with a 1.87 ERA and five saves in 44 games during his senior season to help lead the Tar Heels to the 2008 College World Series.
Earlier this summer, former Tar Heel Tommy Coyle participated in the Midwest League All-Star Game, representing the Bowling Green Hot Rods. In addition to his all-star nod, Coyle was named the Tampa Bay Rays Minor League Player of the Month for June. The second baseman hit .329 in June with four home runs, eight doubles, and 20 runs batted in. A 16th round pick by the Rays in the 2012 draft, Coyle also managed a .441 on-base percentage in the month and was one of nine Hot Rods named to the 2013 Eastern Division All-Star squad.