Nashville Sounds infielder Chad Pinder and left-handed pitcher Patrick Schuster have been named to the Pacific Coast League All-Star Team as announced by the league today. Both players were selected as reserves.
The 2016 Triple-A All-Star Game is Wednesday, July 13 at 6:05 CT. The Pacific Coast League All-Stars take on the International All-Stars at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, North Carolina. The game will be carried live on ESPN 102.5 The Game and MLB Network.
Pinder, 24, is hitting .266 (75-for-282) with 48 runs scored, 37 RBI, 17 doubles, 9 home runs, 2 triples and 14 walks in 71 games. It's the second career All-Star Game appearance for the Virginia native who was named a mid-season Texas League All-Star in 2015.
Drafted by the Oakland Athletics with the 71st overall pick in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Pinder is in his first season at the Triple-A level after being named the Texas League Player of the Year in 2015. He leads Nashville with 22 multi-hit games and is second on the team with 10 multi-RBI games.
He has supplied the Sounds with two walk-off hits and owns the second longest hitting streak of any Sounds player this season at 12 games from May 22-June 4.
Schuster, 25, is 1-0 with a 1.36 ERA and 5 saves in 27 games. In 33 innings, the reliever has allowed 25 hits and 12 walks while racking up 36 strikeouts. It's the first All-Star Game for Schuster in his career.
The Florida native is a member of the PCL's best pitching staff with a 3.25 ERA through 80 games.
Schuster is allowing opponents to hit .205 (25-for-122) against him. With runners in scoring position, batters are hitting just .103 (4-for-39) against him.
Signed by the Oakland Athletics as a minor-league free agent in November 2015, Schuster is in his second season at the Triple-A level.
The complete Pacific Coast League All-Star Game roster is attached. The International League All-Stars can be found at www.milb.com.
The 2016 season is the Sounds' 19th year in the Pacific Coast League and their second as the Oakland Athletics' top affiliate. Tickets are available now by calling (615) 690-4487 or by visiting www.nashvillesounds.com.