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Herd's Jansen, Leblebijian named to IL All-Star team

Catcher Danny Jansen and third baseman Jason Leblebijian will represent the Buffalo Bisons in the 2018 Triple-A All-Star game in Columbus, Ohio on July 11.

It will be a first time selection for Jansen. Leblebijian is a repeat selection making him the third Bisons player in the modern era to be named an All-Star in consecutive seasons. Pitcher Dorn Taylor (1989-90) and outfielder/designated hitter Ernie Young (2004-05) are the others.

Jansen, 23, leads the Bisons in batting average (.299), runs (30), doubles (17), extra-base hits (23) and RBIs (39) in 57 games, His .413 on-base percentage is second best in the International League.

Jansen led all IL catchers in fan voting.

Leblebijian, 27, leads the Bisons with 10 home runs while batting .254 with 35 RBIs in 61 games. He led all IL third baseman in fan voting.

The 31st annual Triple-A All-Star game will be at Huntington Park in downtown Columbus at 7 p.m. on July 11. The game will be broadcast live on MILB.TV. All-Star festivities will begin with the Triple-A All-Star Home Run Derby and Skills Competition on Monday, July 9.

Chris Tremie of the host Columbus Clippers will manage the I.L. squad, which will be comprised of 33 players.

Besides Jansen, Willians Astudillo (Rochester) and Francisco Mejia (Columbus) were catchers named to the team.

Besides Leblebijian, the infielders are: Drew Dosch (Norfolk), Brandon Drury (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre), Carlos Franco (Gwinnett), Chad Huffman (Toledo), Joey Meneses (Lehigh Valley), Kevin Newman (Indianapolis), Ronny Rodriguez (Toledo), Jacob Wilson (Syracuse) and Kean Wong (Durham).

Outfielders are: Jim Adduci (Toled0), Brandon Barnes (Columbus), Christopher Bostick (Indianapolis), Rusney Castillo (Pawtucket), Christin Stewart (Toledo), D.J. Stewart (Norfolk).

Pitchers: Kolby Allard (Gwinnett), Jalen Beeks (Pawtucket), Ryan Brasier (Pawtucket), Cody Carroll (Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre), Enyel De Los Santos (Lehigh Valley), Ian Gibaut (Durham), Cole Irvin (Lehigh Valley), Dovydas Neverauskas (Indianapolis), Evan Phillips (Gwinnett), Kevin Quackenbush (Louisville), Tanner Rainey (Louisville), Donny Roach (Charlotte), Thyago Vieira (Charlotte), Jimmy Yacabonis (Norfolk).


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