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Wieters Caps All-Star Summer For Former Yellow Jackets

July 2, 2012

THE FLATS – Former Georgia Tech catcher Matt Wieters is headed to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game for the second consecutive season, and the Baltimore Oriole is one of four former Yellow Jackets to play in pro all-star games this summer.

Wieters joins RHP Brandon Cumpton, 3B Matt Skole and SS Derek Dietrich, who were each voted as all-stars in their respective leagues.

Wieters, who was the Orioles’ only all-star last season, is hitting .249 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI this season and ranks second in the league in throwing out base stealers (35.7 percent). Surging Baltimore has three all-stars in 2012, as Wieters is joined by closer Jim Johnson and outfielder Adam Jones.

The 83rd Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by Fox Sports next Tuesday, July 10, at Kaufmann Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

Cumpton, a ninth-round pick by Pittsburgh in 2010, has made 15 starts for the Altoona Curve in the Class-AA Eastern League, and has recorded the league’s second-most wins (eight). Cumpton is 8-6 with a 3.21 ERA and the righty has struck out 59 against 23 walks in 92 2/3 innings (seventh-most IP in the league). Cumpton was a fan-vote selection to the Western Division All-Star Team. The Eastern League All-Star Game is set for July 11 in Reading, Pa.

A year removed from playing for the Yellow Jackets, Skole’s is off to a blistering start with the Hagerstown Suns in the Class-A South Atlantic League. The third-baseman is batting .288 and leads the SAL in both home runs (18) and RBI (69). He was a fifth-round pick in 2011 by the Washington Nationals. Skole played for the North All-Stars, which beat the South, 3-2, on June 19 in Charleston, S.C.

Dietrich is an all-star pick for the Charlotte Stone Crabs of the Class-A Florida State League. The Tampa Bay Rays’ second-round pick in 2010 is hitting .270 with 15 doubles, seven triples (second-most in the league), seven homers and 39 RBI in 75 games this season. Dietrich, who also competed in the FSL Home Run Derby, started for the FSL South All-Stars, which won the game 6-3, on June 16 in Port Charlotte, Fla.

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