Christian Binford ’11 Pitches in MLB All-Star Futures Game

Lee Owen
Christian Binford ’11 tossed a scoreless inning for the U.S. Team in July 13 in the 2014 SiriusXM Major League Baseball All-Star Futures Game in Minneapolis. The U.S. Team defeated the World Team, 3-2, in the game, which is played each year the Sunday before Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game on the same field. (This year’s contest was played at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins, and was televised live nationwide on MLB Network.)
Binford, a highly rated pitching prospect in the Kansas City Royals’ organization who now plays for the Class AA Northwest Arkansas Naturals, took the mound for the U.S. in the top of the third inning. He got Renato Nunez (Oakland A’s prospect) to fly out, Jorge Alfaro (Texas Rangers) to pop out, and then ended the inning with a strikeout of Dalton Pompey (Toronto Blue Jays). Click here to see the box score from the game.

Binford has an 8-5 overall record and a 2.33 earned-run average combined for Northwest Arkansas and Wilmington, where he began the year. He has struck out 115 hitters and walked just 14 in 112 innings of work.

Before his promotion to Class AA, Binford led the Carolina League in strikeouts (85 in 76.2 innings) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (7.73 strikeouts for every walk issued). Click here to watch an interview with Binford by WHAG-TV/Channel 25 in Hagerstown, and click here to see Binford’s updated professional stats.

Binford was the second recent Mercersburg alumnus in less than a year to play at Target Field; Trustin Riley ’14 (who graduated in May and will play baseball at the University of Tampa) helped his Harrisburg [Pa.] team to the 2013 RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) Senior World Series championship last August.

And that doesn’t include New York Mets pitcher Josh Edgin ’06, who has a 1-0 record and a 1.59 ERA in 29 appearances for the Mets this season. He has pitched in 97 games out of the bullpen for the Mets since his major-league debut in 2012. (Edgin has pitched in 16 different major-league ballparks, but not yet in Minneapolis.)

Edgin pitched in front of a Mercersburg alumni contingent June 27 in Pittsburgh, when the school’s Office of Advancement & Alumni Relations held an alumni event at PNC Park at a game between the Mets and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Edgin retired both Pirates hitters he faced in 2/3 of an inning of scoreless relief, though the Pirates rallied for a 3-2 extra-inning win. (For more information on future alumni events, visit www.mercersburg.edu/events.)
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