Chris Bootcheck will be the third former Auburn baseball player to take part in a minor league All-Star Game this year as he was voted to the International League roster for Wednesday's Triple-A All-Star Game.
Bootcheck, who played at Auburn from 1998-00, is currently the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers affiliate) closer. In 31 games this season he is 1-2 with a 3.38 ERA, collecting 15 saves, which goes into the All-Star break second-most in the International League.
This is the second time Bootcheck has been an International League All-Star as he also earned the honor in 2009 when he was the closer for the Indianapolis Indians. This year he was one of 12 players selected via club managers and general managers, media members and through online fan voting for the International League roster.
The 20th overall pick of the 2000 MLB Draft by Anaheim, Bootcheck has made 90 major league appearances between the Angels and Pittsburgh Pirates.
Bootcheck was 24-10 at Auburn with a 4.73 ERA. Logging 304 1/3 innings, he struck out 270 during his Auburn career, which still ranks seventh in school history.
Wednesday's game, which pits the International League against the Pacific Coast League, will be played in Buffalo, N.Y., at 7pm ET and will air live on MLBNetwork.
Other former Auburn baseball players to participate in minor league All-Star games this season were Hunter Morris in the Southern League (Double-A) and Ty Kelley in the Midwest League (Single-A).