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Six Whitecaps Named MWL All-Stars

Six West Michigan Whitecaps have been named to the 2017 Midwest League All-Star rosters. It was announced on Wednesday that two members of the rotation, Austin Sodders and Gregory Soto would be named as well as right-handed reliever, Jason Foley joining Whitecaps’ position players Blaise Salter, Jacob Robson and Josh Lester.

Blaise Salter, a 23-year old first baseman taken in the 31st round of the 2015 MLB Draft out of Michigan State University, leads the Midwest League in RBI and doubles. Meanwhile, Robson, an 8th round pick of the Tigers in 2016 out of Mississippi State is second in the league with a .337 average. Both Salter and Robson will be starters, representing the Caps well in the 53rd annual Midwest League All-Star Game. Meanwhile, 22-year old infielder Josh Lester was a 13th round pick in 2015 out of Missouri for the Tigers and he will also be representing West Michigan in Midland, Michigan on June 20th. Lester currently has seven home runs and 26 RBI on the season and a solid OPS of .748.


On the mound, Austin Sodders, the Tigers seventh round pick from 2016 out of UC Riverside, was named to the roster after putting up staggering numbers thus far in 2017. The left-handed California native is currently 6-0 with a 1.05 ERA in nine starts. Sodders held a 1.02 WHIP last season in short season Connecticut in just over 39 innings of work and is climbing up the Tigers prospect board at age 22.


Sticking with left-handed starters, Dominican-born Gregory Soto has also been named to the All-Star roster after posting a 1.86 ERA and 5-1 record in his nine starts thus far in the 2017 campaign. Soto has struggled with command in the past but has been effective in West Michigan this season with 52 strikeouts compared to 22 walks and a fastball currently sitting in the mid-90s.


Rounding out the all-star selections is one of the quickest rising prospects in the Detroit farm system, right-handed 21-year old, Jason Foley. The New York native was an undrafted free agent signee out of Sacred Heart College and has put up stellar numbers this season with a 1.73 ERA and five saves after taking over the closer's role following Bryan Garcia’s promotion to Lakeland. Foley has only walked five in his 26 innings of work while striking out 32 thus far.


The game will be broadcast on MiLB.tv and the rosters were chosen through combined voting between front-office executives, local media, league managers and coaching staffs. The All-Star Game will be hosted by the Great Lake Loons at Dow Diamond on Tuesday, June 20th.

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