COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The 2017 MLB All-Star game will be represented by four former NJCAA players. Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals), Charlie Blackmon (Colorado Rockies), Corey Dickerson (Tampa Bay Rays) and Craig Kimbrel (Boston Red Sox) all garnered the honors.
Former Southern Nevada standout and Washington Nationals outfielder Harper received the most votes in the MLB with 4.63 million and will start in centerfield. With the appearance, it marks the fifth time the Las Vegas native will play in the Midsummer Classic.
Blackmon, an alum Young Harris (GA) was also voted in by the fans and will start in leftfield for his second career all-star selection (2014). Blackmon’s all-star festivities kicked off Monday night with an appearance in the MLB Home Run Derby.
Earning his first all-star nod is former Meridian (MS) product Corey Dickerson. Dickerson garnered the most votes as the DH for the Tampa Bay Rays and will be the fourth starter in Rays’ history. Dickerson leads all DH’s with 107 hits and is tied for fourth in home runs.
The only pitcher of the bunch, Kimbrel from Wallace State-Hanceville (AL), will make is sixth appearance in seven years at the Midsummer Classic. In 37.2 innings pitched, Kimbrel is 2-0 with 23 saves and 68 strikeouts.
The 88th annual MLB All-Star Game begins at 8 p.m. eastern tonight on FOX.
|2017 NJCAA MLB All-Stars|
|Position Players||NJCAA Team||MLB Team||H||AVG||HR||RBI||BB||SLG|
|Bryce Harper||Southern Nevada||Washington Nationals||99||0.325||20||65||57||0.59|
|Charlie Blackmon||Young Harris (GA)||Colorado Rockies||117||0.319||20||61||29||0.583|
|Corey Dickerson||Meridian (MS)||Tampa Bay Rays||107||0.312||17||42||21||0.548|
|Craig Kimbrel||Wallace State-Hanceville||Boston Red Sox||37.2||2||0||23||1.19||68|