Former IU baseball star Kyle Schwarber named NL All-Star for second straight year

For the second straight season, Kyle Schwarber is an MLB All-Star.

After a blistering month of June and early July that saw him take the NL lead with 28 home runs, it was an expected outcome for the former IU slugger.

“It’s obviously something that you always want to be,” Schwarber told’s Todd Zolecki about making his second consecutive All-Star team.

Schwarber is batting .222 with 28 home runs, 57 RBIs and an .867 OPS. He struggled through May 29, batting just .181 with a .699 OPS. But from May 30 through Sunday, Schwarber is batting .269 with 18 homers, 35 RBIs and a 1.059 OPS.

Schwarber is also considering competing in the Home Run Derby.

Selected in the first round of the 2014 MLB Draft (fourth overall) by the Cubs, Schwarber is the highest draft pick in Indiana baseball history. In IU history, he ranks fifth in slugging percentage (.607), sixth in home runs (40), eighth in hits (238) and is tied for eighth in triples (12) and runs (182).

The All-Star game and related events are in Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium this year.

The Home Run Derby will be held on Monday, July 18, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.

The All-Star Game is Tuesday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m. ET on Fox.

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