WASHINGTON, D.C.- Former Connecticut Tigers players Eugenio Suarez (2011) and Joe Jimenez (2014) were announced as making their respective MLB All-Star Game rosters for the 2018 season. Both players will be making their All-Star Game debuts.
Suarez will be representing the Cincinnati Reds on the National League roster in his first All-Star Game. He has had a standout 2018 season, appearing in 73 games so far for the Reds with a .315 AVG., 19 HR and 68 RBI. Suarez also showed impressive power in his 2011 season in Norwich; appearing in 58 games with 5 HR and 24 RBI, while ranking fourth in slugging percentage and sixth in OPS as a 19-year-old.
Suarez made his Major-League debut with the Tigers in 2014 during his rookie contract. He was traded in December of that year in a deal that sent Alfredo Simon to the Tigers, and Suarez to Cincinnati where he has remained ever since. This past March, Suarez signed a 7-year, $66 million extension which will keep him with the Reds through the 2024 season, with a $15 million team option for 2025.
Jimemez will also be appearing in his first career All-Star Game in just his second big-league season. He will be representing the Detroit Tigers on the American League roster. He signed with the Tigers as an amateur free agent in 2013, and has remained in the organization since.
Jimenez has spent the 2018 season with Detroit coming out of the bullpen as an 8th-inning reliever but has recently stepped into the closing role with an injury to pitcher Shane Greene. Jimenez has hurled for a total of 41 innings in 44 games this season, allowing just 35 hits and striking out 46 batters over that time. His stop in Norwich came during the 2014 season while he climbed the Tigers' ladder, racking up 41 strikeouts and allowing only 8 earned runs over 26.2 innings- good for a 2.70 ERA over 23 games.
The game will be played on Tuesday, July 17th at 8 p.m., EST at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., and will be televised on FOX.
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