(NEW YORK, NY) – National League All-Star manager Terry Collins of the New York Mets announced today his selection of St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz to the NL All-Star roster as a replacement for his teammate, infielder Matt Carpenter.
Diaz, a rookie, is batting .319 with 12 home runs, 44 RBI, 22 doubles, 54 runs scored, a .382 on-base percentage and a .534 slugging percentage this season. The 25-year-old native of Cuba ranks among NL leaders in batting average (6th), runs scored (7th) and doubles (6th).
Carpenter, who was named to his third All-Star team, left last night’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates due to injury. The versatile 30-year-old is batting .298 on the season with 14 homers, 53 RBI, 25 doubles, an NL-best .420 OBP and a .568 slugging percentage. The Cardinals’ mainstay is invited to San Diego with full All-Star honours.
American League All-Star manager Ned Yost of the Kansas City Royals announced today his selection of Cleveland Indians right-hander Corey Kluber to the AL All-Star roster as a replacement for Toronto Blue Jays righty Marco Estrada, who has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
This marks the first career Midsummer Classic for the 30-year-old Kluber, the winner of the 2014 AL Cy Young Award and an anchor for pitching-rich Cleveland.
Now in his sixth Major League season, Kluber is currently 8-8 with a 3.79 ERA, striking out 114 batters in his 114.0 innings of work. On the season the Stetson University product has a 1.04 WHIP and has limited batters to a .219 batting average, both of which would be the best marks of his career.
Kluber joins teammates Danny Salazar and Francisco Lindor in representing the AL Central-leading Indians on the AL All-Star roster.
The 33-year-old Estrada, who was elected via the Player Ballot, has followed up a career-best 2015 season with the first All-Star recognition of his nine-year Major League career in 2016. The Sonora, Mexico native is 5-3 with a 2.93 ERA (104.1 IP, 64 H, 99 SO) on the season, in which he has fashioned a 0.99 WHIP and a .173 opponents’ batting average.
The Long Beach State product has been a model of consistency this season, recently posting a record-setting stretch in which he pitched at least 6.0 innings without permitting more than five hits in a Major League-record 12 consecutive starts, eclipsing the previous mark of 10 (Jake Arrieta – 2014; Johnny Cueto – 2013; Johan Santana – 2004). He is invited to San Diego with full All-Star honours.
MLB All-Star Week features the MLB All-Star Game presented by MasterCard at Petco Park July 12.
The 87th Midsummer Classic will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries.