Four G-Braves make all-star game

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

The Gwinnett Braves were one of three teams with four all-star selections when the International League roster was announced Thursday.

Designated hitter Stefan Gartrell and starting pitcher Julio Teheran, the youngest IL all-star, were elected.

Teheran (8-1) leads the IL with a 1.79 ERA — the only pitcher under 2.00 and significantly lower than the next best, Pawtucket’s Andrew Miller (2.47). The reigning pitcher of the week, Teheran was also selected for the MLB Futures Game on July 10.


What: 24th annual Class AAA All-Star Game

When: July 13, 9 p.m.

Where: Salt Lake City

TV: MLB Network

Gartrell is just shy of the league lead with 54 RBIs this season. Infielder Mauro Gomez, selected to the roster along with outfielder Jose Constanza, is also among the top 10 in RBIs.

Constanza, one of three players returning from the 2010 all-star squad, was tied for the league lead with a .344 batting average heading into Thursday night’s action.

G-Braves trainer Mike Graus was already announced as an all-star earlier this month.

The team is made up of 13 elected players who have received the most votes from ballots submitted by clubs’ field managers and general managers (1/3), members of the media (1/3), and online fan voting (1/3). They are joined by 17 additional players selected by the International League office.

The squad of 30 standouts, managed by Columbus’ Mike Sarbaugh, will play the Pacific Coast League’s best in the 24th annual Class AAA All-Star Game at 9 p.m. July 13 in Salt Lake City. The matchup will be broadcast live on MLB Network.

With its 2-1 victory last year, the IL owns a slim 7-6 lead in the 13 years since the event changed to the IL vs. PCL format. The winning league this season will once again earn the right to have its champion play as the home team at the championship game Sept. 20 in Albuquerque, N.M.