SAN BRUNO, Calif. – Chicago Cubs third baseman, and former University of San Diego All-American, Kris Bryant is an All-Star for the second time and will start for the National League. The entire Cubs infield will start the 2016 Midsummer Classic, marking the first time the feat has been accomplished since the St. Louis Cardinals did so in 1963.
“Everyone’s very deserving — having very good years, and I think as a team the record kind of reflects it,” Bryant told ESPN. The Cubs lead the senior circuit’s Central Division.
The 24-year-old Bryant, who made his big league debut April 17, 2015, is batting .278 for the first-place Cubs and leads the NL in home runs (24), runs (68) and is second in RBI (64). In addition, Bryant rates third in slugging percentage (.574) and seventh in OPS (.943).
Bryant was the 2013 West Coast Conference Player of the Year after hitting .329 with 31 home runs, 62 RBI and 80 runs scored as a leadoff hitter for San Diego. Bryant won the 2013 Golden Spikes award, presented to College Baseball's top player.
The 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be at San Diego’s Petco Park Tuesday, July 12. First pitch is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. PT on FOX.