Diaz, Wood & Hanson Named All-Stars


The Indianapolis Indians announced Elias Diaz, Blake Wood and Alen Hanson  have been named to the 2015 Triple-A All-Star Game on July 15 at Werner Park in Omaha, Nebraska.

The Indians are one of just three teams to feature two players elected as starters at their respective position, with Diaz named the International League’s starting catcher and Wood receiving the honor as the league’s top relief pitcher.

The Tribe trio will join Indianapolis athletic trainer Bryan Housand, who was recently named to the IL’s All-Star field staff, at the Midsummer Classic.

C — Elias Diaz
// 3rd All-Star Selection, 2nd All-Star Game //

Stats (60 Gms) 
Avg: .268
XBH: 15
Runs: 22
RBIs: 25
Highlights (at time of selection)
•Hitting .284 in last 22 games
•Caught 9 of 33 runners stealing (6th, IL)
•2nd among IL catchers in hits and RBIs
•All-Star Futures Game Selection

Prized catching prospect Elias Diaz is racking up the accolades this season with selections to both the MLB All-Star Futures Game and the Triple-A All-Star Game. The 24-year-old Triple-A rookie has hit .284 since May 28 and ranks second among qualified league backstops this year with his 55 total hits, 25 RBIs and a .333 on-base percentage.

Relief Pitcher — Blake Wood (RHP)
// 1st All-Star Selection, 1st All-Star Game //

Stats (32 G) 
Saves: 20
ERA: 3.31
WHIP: 1.29
SO: 38
Highlights (at time of ballot release)
•Leads IL in saves and games finished
•Allowed no HR in 32.2 innings in 2015
•Allowed runs in just 3 of 22 save chances
•Has 1+ strikeouts in 26 of 32 games

Blake Wood serves as one of the premier closers of the International League and has converted at least one save against 10 of 13 opposing IL clubs. Along with ranking first in the league with 20 saves, he also leads the IL with 32 total appearances on the year, over which he has pitched 33 2/3 innings with no home runs.


2B — Alen Hanson
// 5th All-Star Selection, 4th All-Star Game //

Stats (63 Gms) 
Avg: .292
XBH: 21
Runs: 38
RBIs: 33
Highlights (at time of ballot release)
•Ranked 2nd in IL in hits (prior to DL)
•Ranked 5th in IL in steals (prior to DL)
•Hit safely in 46 of 63 games
•IL and Tribe’s Player of Month for May

Alen Hanson, the Tribe’s top prospect, burst onto the scene this year to hit safely in 46 of 63 games with a team-best 23 multi-hit efforts. The 22 year old currently also leads all Indians batters in runs (38), hits (76), triples (8), total bases (115) and steals (19), and during his first game since returning from the disabled list, hit the Tribe’s first inside-the-park home run since 2011.

Hanson, Alen_001_May 06, 2015_Adam Pintar

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