By J.Y. Mortimer
Pittsburgh’s Mitch Keller has been named to the National League All-Star team for this year’s game at Seattle’s T-Mobile Park on Tuesday, July 11. The announcement was made tonight by Major League Baseball.
The 27-year-old Keller was selected by Major League Baseball for this year’s game. He is the first Pirates starting pitcher to be selected to the All-Star Game since A.J. Burnett and Gerrit Cole both represented
Pittsburgh in the 2015 Midsummer Classic at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park.
Keller entered today ranked second in the National League in strikeouts (118), tied for third in wins (nine), sixth in WHIP (1.10), ninth in batting average against (.223) and 11th in ERA (3.34). Keller was rated as Pittsburgh’s No. 1 prospect from 2018-20 by Baseball America after the team selected him in the second round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft. Since rejoining the starting rotation on May 31 of last year, the righthander has posted the sixth-best ERA (3.28) among all National League pitchers with at least 200.0 innings pitched behind Zac Gallen (2.80), Logan Webb (2.98), Marcus Stroman (3.01), Blake Snell (3.19) and Merrill Kelly (3.24).
Pirates manager Derek Shelton will also serve as a coach at the game, making him the first Pittsburgh manager to coach in the event since Clint Hurdle did so in 2014 at Minnesota’s Target Field.
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