The 2017 MLB All-Star selection show took place this evening, and rosters for both the National League and the American League were announced. Despite being in first place in the National League Central, the Milwaukee Brewers will send just one player to this year’s midsummer classic:
Today was a big day for Corey Knebel and his family, as earlier in the day before learning he was an All-Star, Knebel and his wife announced the sex of their what will be their first child:
Knebel began this year as a setup man for the Brewers but quickly moved into the closer’s role, thanks to both the fails of Neftali Feliz as well as his own breakout campaign. He’s appeared in 40 games tossed 39.2 innings, allowing only a stingy 1.13 ERA that’s backed up by a stellar 2.11 FIP. Knebel’s earned 13 saves and 11 holds to this point in the season. Corey has struck out an incredible 42.8% of the batters he’s faced this year, 68 of them in all. He’s allowed 22 walks and held batters to a minuscule .154 batting average against. Knebel set an MLB record this year by punching out at least one opponent in each of his first 40 appearances to start the season.
The Brewers did not have any players named to the Final Vote competition, so barring any late injuries Knebel will be the only representative for the Brewers this season. It’s certainly a well-deserved honor for the 25 year old right-hander.
You can find the full All-Star Game rosters here.