Altuve, Correa, Brantley and Pressly to ASG
Though they didn’t have a single player selected to be an All-Star Game starter in Phase 2 of fan balloting, four Astros players were chosen to represent Houston at the Midsummer Classic on July 13 at Coors Field.
Right-handed reliever Ryan Pressly, infielders Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa and outfielder Michael Brantley were voted on by players and Major League Baseball as reserves for the American League roster.
Pressly was elected by MLB to be one of the 12 American League pitchers at the Midsummer Classic after he had worked through 35 innings with an ERA of 1.54 and posted a 4-1 record. The right-hander is holding opposing hitters to a .190 batting average in a career year for the Astros.
“I don’t think I could’ve done it without my teammates. Those guys are sacrificing their bodies for me in the ninth inning,” Pressly said. “A lot of my thanks goes out to them and their preparation behind me is unbelievable. I’m humbled and honored.”
Altuve was named to his seventh All-Star Game and first since 2018. Altuve was selected through player voting to be an infield reserve after batting .284 in the first half of the season.
“I feel [thankful for] my teammates, with my friends back in Houston and my family for all they’re doing for me,” Altuve said. “I’m really happy I’m doing what I’m doing to support my team to win. That’s what we come here [to do] every day.”
Correa will join his teammates in Colorado as a player-elected reserve in the infield as a two-time All-Star. The shortstop has anchored the Houston lineup this season with the fifth-best on-base percentage in MLB at .398. Correa last appeared in an All-Star Game in 2017.
“This never gets old, to be named an All-Star,” Correa said. “I’ve been able to bounce back to play healthy in 2021 and get back to the All-Star team. This really means a lot to me. I’ve spent a lot of hard work, focus and dedication.”
While Brantley was voted by the players to be an outfield reserve, American League manager Kevin Cash may call on him to be one of the starting outfielders as a replacement for Angels outfielder Mike Trout, who will be inactive due to injury.
“It always goes appreciated. It’s a lot of hard work,” Brantley said. “Not only for myself, but for my teammates and everybody who helps you along the way to put up the stats, you never do it by yourself.”
Through 63 games this season, Brantley is sporting a .340 batting average -- the highest in MLB. Brantley was one of the seven Astros players who advanced to Phase 2 fan balloting, but finished fifth among outfielders.