The rosters for the 2017 MLB All-Star Game were released on Sunday evening, and both the American League and National League rosters feature some former SEC standouts.
Five players who played at a current SEC school will be making the trip to Miami for the Midsummer Classic on July 11. That includes one starter in each league, one pitcher in each league and an NL reserve.
Former SEC players in 2017 MLB All-Star Game
Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros starting pitcher (Arkansas)
Justin Smoak, Toronto Blue Jays first baseman (South Carolina)
Zack Cozart, Cincinnati Reds shortstop (Ole Miss)
DJ LeMahieu, Colorado Rockies second baseman (LSU)
Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals starting pitcher (Missouri)
Perhaps most noteworthy among the former SEC standouts are Smoak and Cozart, who both won fan votes to be elected as starters in the All-Star Game. Both will also be making their first appearances in the Midsummer Classic.
Smoak, who played for the Gamecocks from 2006-08, is having a breakout season for the Blue Jays. He has already set a career high in home runs (22), while hitting .303 with 52 RBI.
Cozart, who played for the Rebels from 2005-07, is hitting .322 with 9 homers and 33 RBI for the Reds this season.