Kiel Roling selected to Texas League All-Star team

Central High School graduate Kiel Roling is having one of his best years in professional baseball, and he’s getting recognized for it.

The Tulsa (Okla.) Drillers first baseman was selected to play in the Texas League All-Star Game, the league announced Tuesday. The game is June 25 in Springdale, Ark. The Drillers are the Colorado Rockies’ Double-A affiliate.

Roling, 26, is one of six Drillers chosen to play in the All-Star Game. The others are pitchers Christian Bergman and Tyler Matzek, outfielders Kent Matthes and Kyle Parker and second baseman Angelys Nina. All four position players will start for the North team. Roling will start as the team’s designated hitter.

Players were chosen through voting by Texas League managers and media personnel.

Roling is second in the Texas League with 47 RBI and third in home runs with 15. He is hitting .266 with 11 doubles and a .557 slugging percentage.

Roling is in his sixth season in professional baseball and third with Tulsa. He is closing in on his best numbers in his three Double-A seasons.

Last year, he hit .261 with 13 home runs and 48 RBI in 84 games for the Drillers. In an injury-plagued 2010 season, Roling hit .225 with 12 home runs and 40 RBI in 93 games.

Roling was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the sixth round of the 2008 draft out of Arizona State University. He graduated from Central High School in 2005.

Tulsa hosted Springfield (Mo.) Cardinals Tuesday night.


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