The Midwest League has announced the starters and reserve players for this year’s All-Star Game, to be played Tuesday, June 20, at Dow Diamond in Midland, Mich., home of the Great Lakes Loons.
The Dayton Dragons have seven All-Star selections, the most of any team. The Cedar Rapids Kernels, the Kane County Cougars and the West Michigan Whitecaps each have six All-Stars. The Kernels have four starters, the most of any team.
The host Loons and the Clinton LumberKings will provide the coaching staffs for the Eastern Division and Western Division teams, respectively. Great Lakes and Clinton faced off in last year’s Midwest League Championship Series, which the Loons won in four games.
You can see a full schedule of events related to the All-Star Game here. Most notably, there will be a home run derby on Monday, June 19. Participants will be announced at a later date.
The Eastern Division starters are Dragons catcher Tyler Stephenson, Whitecaps first baseman Blaise Salter, Bowling Green Hot Rods second baseman Miles Mastrobuoni, Lansing Lugnuts third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Lugnuts shortstop Bo Bichette, Hot Rods outfielder Jesus Sanchez, Dragons outfielder T.J. Friedl, Whitecaps outfielder Jake Robson, and Dragons designated hitter Michael Beltre.
You can see the entire Eastern Division roster here.
The Western Division starters are Peoria Chiefs catcher Andrew Krizner, Kernels first baseman Lewin Diaz, Beloit Snappers second baseman Nate Mondou, Kernels third baseman Travis Blankenhorn, Kernels shortstop Jermaine Palacios, LumberKings outfielder Anthony Jimenez, Cougars outfielder Marcus Wilson, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers outfielder Monte Harrison, and Kernels designated hitter Mitchell Kranson.
You can see the entire Western Division roster here.
The starting pitchers will be announced at a later date.
The rosters were chosen based on voting by Midwest League managers and coaching staffs, media members and front-office executives.
The Eastern Division team won last year’s All-Star Game, 11-10, after trailing 8-1 in the 4th inning. You can read about that game here.