Nashville Sounds’ Renato Nunez, Paul Blackburn and Chris Smith were selected as members of the 2017 Pacific Coast League All-Star team that will take on the International League All-Star team. The game will take place on July 12 in Tacoma, Washington.
Nunez currently leads the PCL and the A’s organization with 20 homeruns. The 23-year-old is batting .252/.316/.541. He also has 17 doubles. Nunez will be participating in his first All-Star game since 2013, when he was named to the Midwest League team as a member of the Beloit Snappers. Nunez has twice been a post-season league All-Star (AZL in 2012 and California League in 2014).
Blackburn ranks second in the PCL with a 3.05 ERA, which is .01 higher than the league-leader, Joan Gregorio. In his first season at the Triple-A level, Blackburn has been arguably the Sounds most consistent starter all year. PCL batters are hitting just .231 against him and he has allowed only six homeruns in 79.2 innings.
Smith is fourth in the league in ERA with a 3.18 mark. The 15-year veteran of professional baseball was part of a combined no-hitter thrown by the Sounds on June 6. He has a 58:19 K:BB in 68 innings this season and he has allowed just four homeruns. Smith ranks 15th in the league in strike-outs.
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