Former South Dakota State University pitcher Blake Treinen has been selected to represent the Oakland Athletics at next week's Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Washington, D.C.
Treinen currently ranks fourth in the AL with 23 saves. The right-hander also has compiled a 5-1 record with 56 strikeouts and only 12 bases on balls in 37 appearances, covering 46.2 innings. Sporting a 0.79 earned run average, Treinen has not allowed a run over his last 10 appearances and has surrendered only one run in his last 21 trips to the mound.
A native of Osage City, Kansas, Treinen posted a combined 14-4 record at SDSU between the 2010 and 2011 seasons. He was originally drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 23rd round of the MLB Draft in 2010, then was selected in the seventh round by Oakland a year later after he opted to return to the Jackrabbits. Treinen made his Major League debut with the Washington Nationals in 2014, seeing action in four seasons before being traded back to Oakland midway through the 2017 campaign.
The MLB All-Star Game is scheduled for July 17. Television coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. Central Time on FOX.
While Treinen is the lone former Jackrabbit currently in the Major Leagues, five other SDSU alumni are playing professionally in the minors.
Left-handed pitcher Caleb Thielbar has split his time between Class AA Erie and Triple-A Toledo in the Detroit Tigers system this season. In a combined 20 appearances, Thielbar is 4-0 with a 1.89 ERA. He has struck out 25 batters and walked only one batter in 33.1 innings.
Thielbar previously pitched in the Major Leagues with the Minnesota Twins from 2013-15.
Two other hurlers, right-handers Adam Bray and Layne Somsen, have seen limited work thus far in 2018. Currently on the disabled list, Somsen has made six appearances for the Class AA Tulsa Drillers, posting a 1-0 record with a 1.35 ERA for the Los Angeles Dodgers affiliate. The Yankton native who made two appearances with the Cincinnati Reds in 2016, has struck out 10 and not issued a walk in 6 2/3 innings this season.
Bray is in his first season with the Minnesota Twins organization after three seasons in the Dodgers' organization, and has pitched four times for the Class A Fort Myers Miracle. He has yet to factor in a decision, recording a 1.08 ERA with eight strikeouts and three walks in 8.1 innings of work.
Also playing professionally this summer are outfielder Zach Coppola and infielder Luke Ringhofer. An outfielder, Coppola has been sidelined by injury lately for the Class AA Reading Fightin Phils. In 38 games prior to his injury, Coppola batted .194 with seven runs batted in and 10 stolen bases.
Ringhofer is in his second season playing for the Baltimore Orioles Class A affiliate, the Aberdeen (Md.) IronBirds. Primarily playing at first base, Ringhofer has gotten off to a slow start so far this season by batting .135 with a home run and four RBIs in 17 games.