For Sizemore, who will play on the U.S. Team, it's the first national honor for someone who could soon end up a big part of the Tigers' picture. The 24-year-old followed up his first Major League Spring Training by batting .307 with 17 doubles, four triples, nine home runs and 33 RBIs for Double-A Erie. He earned a promotion last week to the Mud Hens, where he entered Wednesday batting 8-for-31 (.258) with two doubles, a triple, a home run and three RBIs.
That follows the pattern Sizemore has established at each stop along the Tigers' farm system: He flat-out hits his way up the developmental ladder, showing a little punch and a little speed along the way. Even so, he's on a fast rise after a broken left wrist cost him the final three months of last season at Class A Lakeland, where he was still a midseason Florida State League All-Star.
That progression could eventually earn him a big league job in Detroit, where Placido Polanco is in the final year of his contract.
The Tigers selected the 6-foot, 185-pound Sizemore in the sixth round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft out of Virginia Commonwealth, the same school that produced current Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.