PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) 1B Paul Goldschmidt, 3B Jake Lamb, RHP Zack Greinke and LHP Robbie Ray were named to the National League All-Star Team in the 88th Midsummer Classic on July 11 at Marlins Park in Miami.2017 marks the third time the D-backs have had 4 or
PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) 1B Paul Goldschmidt, 3B Jake Lamb, RHP Zack Greinke and LHP Robbie Ray were named to the National League All-Star Team in the 88th Midsummer Classic on July 11 at Marlins Park in Miami.
2017 marks the third time the D-backs have had 4 or more players in an All-Star Game, joining 2002 in Milwaukee (6; Luis Gonzalez, Randy Johnson, Byung-Hyun Kim, Damian Miller, Junior Spivey, Curt Schilling) and 1999 in Boston (4; Jay Bell, Johnson, Matt Williams, Gonzalez). It will be the fourth time Arizona will have multiple first-time All-Stars (Lamb and Ray), having also done so in 2002 (Kim, Miller and Spivey), 2007 (Jose Valverde and Orlando Hudson) and 2013 (Goldschmidt and Patrick Corbin).
With Goldschmidt and Lamb both being drafted by the D-backs, this marks the sixth time they have had multiple homegrown All-Stars, also doing so in 2002 (Kim/Spivey), 2007 (Brandon Webb/Valverde), 2011 (Justin Upton/Miguel Montero), 2014 (Goldschmidt/Montero) and 2015 (Goldschmidt/A.J. Pollock).
Goldschmidt is the first D-back to go to 5 straight All-Star Games (2013-17), while his 5 appearances are tied for the most in team history (Gonzalez, Johnson). He is the only NL position player to make each of the last 5 All-Star teams, and 1 of 4 players in the Majors to do so, joining Clayton Kershaw, Mike Trout and Salvador Perez.
Goldschmidt, 29, is batting .316 (93-for-294) with 19 doubles, 2 triples, 19 home runs, 66 RBI and 56 walks in 82 games. He entered today ranking among NL leaders in on-base pct. (1st, .436), RBI (1st) runs (1st, 70), OPS (2nd, 1.029), walks (3rd), average (5th) and stolen bases (8th, 13).
Lamb, 26, is the second D-backs All-Star third baseman, joining Matt Williams in 1999. He is hitting .282 (84-for-298) with 17 doubles, 3 triples, 18 home runs and 65 RBI in 79 games and entered today ranking second in the Majors in RBI and tied for ninth in the NL in extra-base hits (38). Lamb was a NL Final Vote candidate in 2016.
Greinke, 33, makes his fourth All-Star appearance (2009, '14-15, '17), and first as a D-back. He has gone 10-4 with a 3.05 ERA (37 ER in 109.1 IP) with 124 strikeouts and 22 walks in 17 starts, and entered play today among the NL leaders in pitching WAR (2nd, 2.9), wins (T-2nd, 10), WHIP (3rd, 1.02), strikeouts (5th, 124) and ERA (7th, 3.05).
Ray, 25, is the fourth left-handed pitcher in team history to earn an All-Star selection, joining Johnson (1999-2002, '04), Wade Miley (2012) and Corbin (2013). At 25 years old, he joins Miley as the third-youngest D-backs pitcher to be selected to the Midsummer Classic, behind Kim in 2002 (23) and Corbin in 2013 (23). Ray has gone 8-4 with a 3.06 ERA (34 ER in 100.0 IP) with 128 strikeouts and 48 walks in 16 starts and entered play today among NL leaders in strikeouts (3rd, 128), opp. average (3rd, .202), ERA (8th, 3.06), wins (T-7th, 8) and pitching WAR (10th, 2.0).