ASN All-Stars: Dozier, Gardner, Holt debut in mid-summer classic


Three players from ASN-affiliated schools will set major-league firsts for themselves — and in one case for his college alma mater — on Tuesday night in the 2015 MLB All-Star game in Cincinnati.

Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner and Boston Red Sox third baseman Brock Holt each will make their first appearance on the AL All-Star roster for the mid-summer classic.

A look at their All-Star credentials and highlights in alphabetical order:

Dozier lost out on the final vote but replaces Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista (shoulder injury). Dozier is the second former Southern Miss player to reach the MLB All-Star game — Jim “Peanuts” Davenport appeared in 1962. Dozier leads the AL with 48 extra-base hits and all second basemen with 19 home runs and 49 RBI, and he has the most extra-base hits of any Twins player (and former Washington Senators) by the all-star break. He’s the first All-Star second baseman for the Twins since Chuck Knoblauch in 1997.

Gardner, a walk-on at the College of Charleston who became on a third-round draft choice of the New York Yankees, also lost out on the final vote but replaces Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon (strained left groin). He is batting .296 with 21 doubles, 9 home runs, 61 runs and 39 RBIs. Gardner is the fifth position player drafted by the Yankees to represent the team in an All-Star game, and the first from the College of Charleston.

Of the 32 former Rice players to reach the major leagues, Holt is only the third former Owls player to be selected to the All-Star game, joining Norm Charlton, a 1992 All-Star, and Lance Berkman, a six-time selection. Holt is batting .295 with 15 doubles, four triples, 21 RBI and a .383 on-base percentage and has played six different positions for the Red Sox.