MANCHESTER, N.H.- As a member of the 2014 New Hampshire Fisher Cats, second baseman Jon Berti, 24, was selected to return to the All-Star Game for the fourth time in his minor league career. He will play for the Eastern Division's squad at the 2014 Eastern League All-Star game on Wednesday, July 16, in Altoona, Pa.
Berti, a Troy, Mich native, grew up around baseball as his father played at Detroit Mercy and later played two years with the Detroit Tigers organization. Following in his father's footsteps, Berti began playing for Bowling Green State University until he was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 18th round of the 2011 First Year player draft.
In 2011, Berti made his All-Star debut in the post season with the Vancouver Canadians, the Class-A short season affiliate of the Blue Jays. He continued to shine as an All-Star in 2012 with Lansing and again in 2013 with Dunedin. After the 2013 season, he was also named a MiLB.com Organization All-Star.
The success of the All-Star veteran has continued into his first season with the Fisher Cats. Berti leads the team .266 average and a total of 26 stolen bases. Sharing the top spot on the team for runs, Berti has tallied 42 of the runs scored by the Fisher Cats. The second baseman is currently third on the team with 30 RBI and has hit a total of four homeruns this season.
Berti will be accompanied to the Eastern League All-Star game by fellow Fisher Cats members and relief pitchers Dustin Antolin and Randy Boone. The three will join other top Eastern Division prospects in their game against the Western Division on July 16.
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