11 Former Baseball Factory Players Named To 2018 MLB All-Star Game
The rosters have been announced for the 89th MLB All-Star Game, July 17 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., and 11 Baseball Factory alums were selected, including three starters for the National League. The game will be at 7:30 p.m. EST and broadcast live on FOX.
This year’s game brings an influx of first-time All-Stars; 25 first-time selections between the American and National League rosters, blended with veterans who now have multiple appearances under their belts.
Fans will also be able to select a deserving player in the Final Vote, giving them the opportunity to send one final player each for the American and National squad to the All-Star Game. Voting runs through Wednesday, July 11th at 4:00 p.m. EST.
Here are the Baseball Factory alums who were voted in as starters via the fan vote, or as reserves from player-ballot or by choice of Major League Baseball.
American League Reserves
Francisco Lindor (SS) – Cleveland Indians (Third Selection)
Lindor makes his third consecutive All-Star team and leads the AL in runs scored (79) and his 104 hits are tied for fourth-best with fellow Factory alum, Nick Castellanos (Detroit Tigers). Lindor leads all shortstops in homers (23) and is slashing .298/.374/.565 in 87 games. Lindor attended an Under Armour Baseball Factory National Tryout and played in the Team One South Showcase in 2009.
Alex Bregman (3B) – Houston Astros (First Selection)
Bregman makes it to his first All-Star Game for the AL West-leading Astros and the 24-year old is hitting .281 with 29 doubles (second-best in AL) 17 homers, 57 RBI and 52 walks. Bregman is a two-time Under Armour Pre-Season All-American (2010 & 2011) and played in the 2009 Team One Futures Game.
George Springer (RF) – Houston Astros (Second Selection)
Springer makes his second consecutive All-Star game on the vote of his peers and is hitting .248 with 15 home runs, 43 RBI and 63 runs scored. Springer attended an Under Armour Baseball Factory National Tryout in June 2007 and one month later, the Connecticut native played in the Cape Cod High School Classic.
Justin Verlander (RHP) – Houston Astros (Seventh Selection)
Verlander is the veteran of the excellent Astros rotation as the 35-year old is 9-4 with a 2.15 ERA and 154 strikeouts in 19 starts. His 0.84 WHIP is an AL-best and his .182 opponent average is second-best behind Boston’s Chris Sale. Verlander played in the 1999 Team One Midwest Showcase.
Jose Berrios (RHP) – Minnesota Twins (First Selection)
Berrios makes his first All-Star Game in his third season with the Twins as the 24-year old has won eight games and has two complete games and a shutout to his resume in 2018. The 2011 Under Armour All-American has 114 strikeouts in 114 1/3 innings pitched.
Brandon Crawford (SS) – San Francisco Giants (Second Selection)
Crawford was named a starter in the game for the first time and currently has a career-high .300 average through 86 games to go along with 21 doubles, two triples, 10 homers, 39 RBI. His .365 on-base percentage and OPS of .847 are both well above his career numbers. Brandon participated in the 2004 Team One West Showcase.
Nolan Arenado (3B) – Colorado Rockies (Fourth Selection)
That’s four straight All-Star appearances for the five-time Gold Glove award winner. He’s tied for the National League lead in home runs with 22, tied for third in RBI with 63 and his OPS of .970 is also third-best. Arenado performed in the 2007 Ryan Lemmon Sophomore Showcase and Team One West Showcase the same year.
Bryce Harper (RF) – Washington Nationals (Sixth Selection)
Harper will be making his fourth-consecutive All-Star start and doing it in his home ballpark. He’ll also give fans a big thrill as he will be participating in the Home Run Derby. Harper is hitting just .218 but is third in the National League in home runs with 21. He’s also drawn an NL-best 76 walks. Harper attended an Under Armour Baseball Factory National Tryout in Las Vegas in February, 2008.
Scooter Gennett (2B) – Cincinnati Reds (First Selection)
Scooter is finally rewarded for the season he’s having; a continuation of his breakout 2017 season for the Reds. He’s currently tied for the lead in the National League in hitting (.326) with 14 homers and 58 RBI. In Jamuary 2008, Gennett played in the Under Armour All-America Pre-Season Tournament, where he was among the best talent in the nation in both pure ability and the ability to use his tools. Seven months later, he would play in Wrigley Field for that year’s Under Armour All-America Game.
Christian Yelich (LF) – Milwaukee Brewers (First Selection)
Yelich is as consistent as they come and is continuing to be the player he’s been since arriving to the majors in Miami. In 74 games, Yelich is hitting .285 with 12 doubles, 11 homers, 36 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 74 games for the Brewers. Christian attended a 2007 Under Armour Baseball Factory National Tryout.
Aaron Nola (RHP) – Philadelphia Phillies (First Selection)
Nola is coming into his own as the ace of Philadelphia’s pitching staff in his fourth season, leading the National League in wins with 11, along with a 2.41 ERA and 116 strikeouts in 116 innings pitched. Aaron participated in two Under Armour Baseball Factory National Tryouts in Shreveport, LA in 2008 and New Orleans in 2010.
Final Vote Candidates (*players bolded are Factory alumni)
National League – Jesus Aguilar (MIL), Brandon Belt (SF) 2005 Cape Cod High School All-Star Game, Matt Carpenter (STL), Max Muncy (LAD), Trea Turner (WAS)
American League – Andrew Benintendi (BOS) 2012 UA BF National Tryout, Eddie Rosario (MIN), Jean Segura (SEA), Andrelton Simmons (LAA), Giancarlo Stanton (NYY)
We congratulate all of our alumni on their hard work this season and for their selection to the All-Star Game!
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