INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Indians outfielder Chris Dickerson, designated hitter Matt Hague, left-handed closer Andy Oliver and right-handed starting pitcher Casey Sadler have each been named to the 2014 International League Midseason All-Star team. The Tribe’s four selections are the most among any team in the IL and gives the Indians four All-Star representatives in each of the last two seasons.
After helping the Indians maintain its position atop the IL West Division for all but one game thus far this season, the four Tribe standouts will now join the remainder of the IL squad in a showcase against the Pacific Coast League All-Stars at the 27th annual Triple-A All-Star Game at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C. The Midsummer classic is scheduled for Wednesday, July 16 at 7:07 p.m., and fans can follow their hometown Tribe players during the contest on the MLB Network and Triple-A All-Star Game Radio Network.
Dickerson has been elected to roam the IL’s All-Star outfield after a torrid start to the season that features ranking second among current, qualified league batters in on-base percentage (.404), sixth in batting average (.315) and ninth in slugging percentage (.482). The Major League veteran posted such dominant numbers largely thanks to both his 16-game hitting streak, the second-longest such streak in the IL this season, and stretch of hitting safely in 21 consecutive starts from April 31 – May 25. The versatile outfielder has contributed to the Tribe’s offense across the board with 42 runs, 15 doubles, three triples, six homers and 27 RBI in 61 games.
[2014 marks Dickerson’s third Midseason All-Star selection of his minor league career; Florida State League, 2005; Midwest League, 2004]
Hague, who is one of just four two-time MVPs in Indians franchise history, currently leads the IL with 56 RBI and ranks tied for seventh in the league with his team-high 12 home runs. The designated hitter has unleashed a newfound power stroke this season to help produce the second-most homers of his professional career and rank within three home runs of his career-best 15 longballs in 135 games during the 2010 campaign. In addition, Indianapolis’ slugger has also displayed an impressive knack for finding his way on base, and along with reaching in 25 consecutive games from May 11 – June 5, has provided the Indians with a baserunner in 65 of his 75 total games on the year.
[2014 marks Hague’s third Midseason All-Star selection of his minor league career; International League, 2011; Eastern League, 2010]
Oliver’s selection to the Midsummer Classic is especially noteworthy as the southpaw closer is pitching in his first full season exclusively in a relief role. Oliver has excelled under his new title as the Tribe’s shutdown, late-innings arm by holding opponents scoreless through a combined 10.1 innings of action over his eight perfect save conversions, and limiting opposing bats to just two hits in 32 at-bats for a dominant .063 clip. The Indians’ lefty currently ranks second among IL relievers with a .156 batting average against and 12.23 strikeouts-per-9.0-innings pitched, while his eight saves are the ninth-most in the league.
[2014 marks Oliver’s first Midseason All-Star selection of his minor league career]
Between stints with the Pittsburgh Pirates, one of which included his major league debut, right-hander Sadler has served as the ace of the Indians’ pitching staff in 2014. The starting hurler has won eight of nine decisions through 11 total Triple-A starts and even enters Wednesday’s action ranked second among IL pitchers in ERA (2.10), third in WHIP (1.03) and fewest-baserunners-per-9.0 innings (9.83) and fourth in walks-per-9.0 innings (1.83). Working in his first campaign at the Triple-A level, the 23-year-old has authored a team high-tying eight quality starts by pitching at least 6.0 innings while allowing no more than three earned runs in each of those eight outings.
[2014 marks Sadler’s second Midseason All-Star selection of his minor league career; Eastern League, 2013]