SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Midwest League has announced three members of the Quad Cities River Bandits to the Western Division All-Star roster for the 2017 season. Position player Yordan Alvarez joins right-handed pitchers Carson LaRue and Enoli Paredes as All-Star honorees for the 53rd annual Midwest League Midsummer Classic, which will take place on Tuesday, June 20, at Dow Diamond in Midland, Michigan. The All-Star rosters are nominated and chosen by the field managers of the 16 Midwest League clubs.
Alvarez joined the River Bandits in mid-May, but has made an immediate impact in the lineup. Through his first 20 games, the 19-year-old Cuban is hitting .414 (29x70) with three home runs and 16 RBI. He has ten multi-hit games and already has compiled a seven-game and eleven-game hitting streak on the year, having reached base in 19 consecutive contests entering Wednesday night. Alvarez was acquired by the Astros at the trade deadline in 2016, coming from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for pitcher Josh Fields .
LaRue, a member of the River Bandits 2017 Opening Day roster, has a team-high six wins on the season, which is tied for fifth most in the entire league. The Dewey, Oklahoma native is ranked tenth in the league in ERA (2.13) entering his scheduled start on Wednesday night in Wisconsin. He has struck out 47 batters compared to 15 walks in 50.2 innings this season. LaRue was selected by the Astros in the 14th round of the 2016 draft.
Paredes has not allowed more than two runs in any of his eight appearances this season for the River Bandits. Over his previous two starts, Paredes has allowed just two hits through ten combined scoreless innings, which included a five no-hit inning performance on May 31 against Cedar Rapids.
The River Bandits host just three more home games before the All-Star break, welcoming the Cedar Rapids Kernels for the first time in 2017 for a three-game series beginning Tuesday, June 13, at 6:35 p.m. CT at Modern Woodmen Park. For ticket information, call (563) 324-3000, visit riverbandits.com or stop by the box office at Modern Woodmen Park.
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