Curley selected to 2013 Home Run Derby

Chris Curley is third in the Carolina League with 12 homers (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Chris Curley is third in the Carolina League with 12 homers (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Winston-Salem infielder Chris Curley will participate in the 2013 Home Run Derby in advance of the California-Carolina League All-Star Game in San Jose, Calif, on Tuesday night.

Curley sits in sole possession of third place in the Carolina League with 12 home runs. He and the rest of the Dash have combined for a league-leading 60 home runs. Before this season, Curley had mustered 14 home runs in the minor leagues.

This will be the Fort Mitchell, Ky., native’s second derby in his professional career. He represented the Florence Freedom in the 2011 Frontier League Home Run Derby and failed to advance past the first round despite three home runs.

Curley will aim to make it back-to-back Home Run Derby titles for Winston-Salem. A year ago, Brady Shoemaker bested former Warthog C.J. Retherford in the finals to take the crown in front of the hometown crowd BB&T Ballpark.

Six sluggers will participate in the event, which will precede the Midsummer Classic. Curley joins Lynchburg’s Robby Hefflinger and Carolina’s Tyler Naquin from the Carolina League, while the California League’s trio consists of High Desert’s Jabari Blash, Inland Empire’s Zach Borenstein and San Jose’s Angel Villalona.

- Brian

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