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Wednesday, July 06, 2016 12:58 am

Ex-TinCap Brad Brach named MLB All-Star

Chris Goff | The Journal Gazette

Brad Brach, a right-handed reliever who starred on the TinCaps' 2009 Midwest League championship team, was among the names who popped up Tuesday night when MLB announced selections for next week's All-Star Game.

Brach, who turned 30 in April, pitches in a setup role for the Baltimore Orioles and had never been an All-Star in the majors. He went to the Midwest League's midseason exhibition in 2009, though, and finished that season 3-3 with a 1.27 ERA, converting 33 saves in 34 opportunities.

This year, for an Orioles team that is first in the American League East, Brach is 5-1 with a 1.01 ERA in 44 2/3 innings.

"It's awesome," Brach told the Baltimore Sun of the honor. "It kind of shows the evolution of the way the game is right now. It's not all about closers. There's a lot of innings pitched in between. I think it recognizes that middle innings are huge for games."

Brach was a 42nd-round pick in the 2008 amateur draft by the San Diego Padres and broke into the majors as a Padre. They traded him to the Orioles in November 2013.

TinCaps president Mike Nutter took to his Twitter account upon hearing the news about Brach.

"This is awesome!" Nutter wrote. "Brad is an all-time favorite of staff and fans."