BATON ROUGE, La. (LSU) Houston Astros relief pitcher Will Harris, who helped lead LSU to the 2003 and 2004 College World Series, has been selected to play for the American League in the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 12 in San Diego.
Harris, who lettered four seasons at LSU (2003-06), becomes the 10th former Fighting Tiger to earn an All-Star Game invitation. LSU has had five former players selected for the midsummer classic since 2008.
Harris has made 36 relief appearances this season for the Astros, posting a 0.74 ERA in 36.2 innings with 36 strikeouts and eight saves. He was the ninth-round selection of the Colorado Rockies in 2006, and he made his Major League debut with the Rockies in 2012.
Harris lettered four seasons at LSU (2003-06), helping the Tigers reach the College World Series in 2003 and 2004. An extremely versatile performer, he was a starter at first base for two seasons (2004, 2005) and a starter at third base for one season (2006) , and he also worked as a relief pitcher in 2006.
Harris blasted 19 homers during his LSU career, including a three-run dinger against Texas A&M in Game 2 of the 2004 NCAA Super Regional that clinched a CWS berth for the Tigers.
He made 16 career appearances on the mound for LSU, recording four saves and 22 strikeouts in 22 innings.
Harris’ selection marks the second straight year a former LSU player has been chosen for the All-Star Game. Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu, who helped lead LSU to the 2009 College World Series title, started for the National League in last year’s game in Cincinnati.
Former LSU pitcher Brian Wilson represented the San Francisco Giants in 2011 and earned the save in the National League’s 5-1 win in Phoenix. Wilson also represented the Giants in the 2008 game at Yankee Stadium and in the 2010 game in Anaheim, Calif.
Former LSU infielder Aaron Hill of the Toronto Blue Jays (AL) and former LSU outfielder Brad Hawpe of the Colorado Rockies (NL) played in the 2009 game in St. Louis.
LSU's first All-Star was Boston Braves second baseman Connie Ryan of New Orleans, who played for the National League in 1944. New York Giants shortstop Alvin Dark of Comanche, Okla. was an NL All-Star in 1951, 1952 and 1954.
First baseman Joe Bill Adcock of Coushatta, La. represented the Milwaukee Braves on the 1960 National League roster.
Outfielder Albert Belle of Shreveport, La. was a five-time American League All-Star, representing the Cleveland Indians (1993-96) and Chicago White Sox (1997).
Right-hander Paul Byrd, a product of Louisville, Ky., pitched for the National League in 1999 as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies.
LSU's Major League All-Stars
Connie Ryan, 2B, Boston Braves (NL) - 1944
Alvin Dark, SS, New York Giants (NL) - 1951-52, 1954
Joe Bill Adcock, 1B, Milwaukee Braves (NL) - 1960
Albert Belle, OF, Cleveland Indians (AL) - 1993-96; Chicago White Sox (AL) - 1997
Paul Byrd, RHP, Philadelphia Phillies (NL) - 1999
Brian Wilson, RHP, San Francisco Giants (NL) - 2008, 2010, 2011
Brad Hawpe, OF, Colorado Rockies (NL) - 2009
Aaron Hill, 2B, Toronto Blue Jays (AL) - 2009
DJ LeMahieu, 2B, Colorado Rockies (NL)- 2015
Will Harris, RHP, Houston Astros (AL) - 2016