Hey Now, You’re an All-Star

Chih-Hsien Chiang, Stephen Fife, Alex Hassan,
Will Middlebrooks, & Alex Wilson
Portland, Maine-The Eastern League in conjunction with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats announced the rosters for the 2011 Eastern League All-Star Game. The Portland Sea Dogs will send five players to the midsummer classic; pitchers Stephen Fife and Alex Wilson, outfielders Chih-Hsien Chiang and Alex Hassan, and infielder Will Middlebrooks. The All Star Game will be played on Wednesday, July 13th at the home of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester, New Hampshire at 7:05 PM.

The All-Star Game will feature the Eastern Division All-Stars against the Western Division All-Stars. Each team will consist of 24 players. The All-Star teams were selected through fan voting along with selections from media personnel, club field personnel, and Eastern League administrators. Each Eastern League team has at least three players, including at least one pitcher and one position player. One position player and one pitcher from each team are selected through fan voting. Will Middlebrooks and Alex Wilson were fan selections from Portland.

Outfielder Chih-Hsien Chiang is hitting .301 with 13 home runs and 50 RBI in 60 games for the Sea Dogs this season. In his second season with Portland, he leads the Eastern League with a .616 slugging percentage and 38 extra base hits. He is tied for second in the league in RBI (50), ranks fifth in doubles (21) and boasts the leagues ninth best batting average at .301. He was selected as the Eastern League Player of the Week for the Week of May 30th through June 5th, hitting .424 with three home runs during the stretch. The 23 year-old homered in four straight games (June 3-7) to tie a franchise record. Chiang also holds the Sea Dogs franchise record with three career grand slams. Chiang, who is a native of Taitung, Taiwan, was signed by the Red Sox as an international free agent in 2005. In addition to representing the Sea Dogs in the All-Star Game, he will participate in the Major League Baseball Futures Game in Phoenix, Arizona on July 10th.

Stephen Fife will make his second straight appearance at the Eastern League All-Star Game. In 13 games this season, the right-hander has notched an 8-3 record with a 3.28 ERA. He is tied for the Eastern League lead in wins with eight. He was selected the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for the Week of June 6th through June 12th. The 24 year old Boise, Idaho native was drafted in the third round (85th overall) of the June 2008 First-Year Player Draft.

In 72 games with the Sea Dogs, outfielder Alex Hassan leads the team with a .323 average, ranking fourth in the Eastern League. The 24 year-old leads the Eastern League in both walks (51) and on base percentage (.447). The first year Sea Dog burst into the Eastern League batting .411 with six doubles and 14 RBI for the month of April. The Milton, Massachusetts native was selected by the Red Sox in the 20th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

Third baseman Will Middlebrooks has appeared in 53 games for the Sea Dogs this season. He ranks among the team leaders in virtually every category including ranking third in hitting (.297) and home runs (8), while his 32 RBI’s is fifth best. He entered the season as the 11th ranked prospect in the Red Sox organization by Baseball America. Baseball America also rates Middlebrooks as having the “Best Infield Arm” in the Red Sox farm system. The 22 year-old was named to both the Carolina League’s mid-season and post-season All-Star teams in 2010 with the Salem Red Sox. The Texas native was selected by the Red Sox in the 5th round (174th overall) in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. Middlebrooks will also participate in the Major League Baseball Futures Game in Phoenix, Arizona as part of the Major League Baseball All-Star Week festivities.

Alex Wilson boasts the league’s seventh best ERA (2.82) and owns a 6-4 record in 15 games with the Sea Dogs this season. The 24 year-old leads the team in starts (15), innings (79.2), strikeouts (72), and ERA (2.82). Wilson is rated by Baseball America has having the “Best Slider” among Red Sox farmhands. Entering the season, Baseball America rated him the 19th ranked prospect in the organization. He was selected by the Red Sox in the second round (77th overall) of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Texas A&M. He was born in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia and resides in Hurricane, West Virginia.

For more information on the 2011 Eastern League All-Star Game, including ticket information, log on to http://www.nhfishercats.com.

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