On Thursday, the Triple-A All-Stars were announced for the upcoming game in Charlotte on July 13th (7pm ET on MLB Network).
There will be one player representing Triple-A Omaha and that would be right-hander Brooks Pounders. Despite starting seven of his first eight appearances, Pounders has been coming out of the bullpen since the middle of May (his last ten appearances).
Pounders is third in the PCL in ERA at 2.84 (just three pitchers have ERAs under 3.00). He is fifth in strikeouts with 76 (in 63.1 innings). Opponents are hitting just .219 against him.
I was surprised that a middle reliever was picked for the Pacific Coast League All-Star roster, but a 1.77 ERA in the month of June probably sealed it for Pounders.
It is the first All-Star selection for Pounders at any stage of his professional career.
Congrats to Brooks and make sure to tune in to MLB Network!
*Former Storm Chaser Sean O’Sullivan (Pawtucket) will pitch for the International League. Catcher Manny Pina was selected for the PCL (Colorado Springs). You can see the entire rosters HERE.