Santana To Start, Compete In HR Derby,
Lindor & Hand Chosen As Reserves
When the 2019 All-Star Game comes to Cleveland on July 9th, three Indians will have the chance to compete on their home turf for the American League.
Shortstop Francisco Lindor was selected to participate in the mid-summer classic for the fourth consecutive season as a reserve. Lindor started the year slow while dealing with injuries, but has been coming on as of late with a .304 batting average with 4 homers, 7 RBI, and 17 runs scored in the month of June.
Pitcher Brad Hand will make his third straight All-Star Game appearance as a reliever, after joining Cleveland late last season. Hand has 23 saves through Monday, good for second-most in the AL, boasting a 2.29 ERA. The 29-year-old lefty has struck out 53 hitters in 35.1 innings of work, with a .991 WHIP.
Making his first ASG appearance is 1B Carlos Santana who will also get the start in the field for the AL. With a .293 Avg, Santana has 50 RBI and has scored 55 Runs. The switch-hitting slugger has 18 homers so far, with a .534 SLG to go along with a .945 OPS. Santana will also be participating in the Home Run Derby.