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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: A detail of a Detroit Tigers hat and glove are seen during warm ups against the New York Yankees during Game Five of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium on October 6, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: A detail of a Detroit Tigers hat and glove are seen during warm ups against the New York Yankees during Game Five of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium on October 6, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) /
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MIAMI, FL – JULY 09: Beau Burrows #55 of the Detroit Tigers and the U.S. Team delivers the pitch against the World Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Marlins Park on July 9, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

Erie SeaWolves

The SeaWolves posted a 4-3 mark for the week, bringing their season record to 40-44. Erie currently sits in fifth place in the Eastern League’s Western Division.

Four SeaWolves Named All-Stars

The Eastern League announced the rosters for their 2018 All-Star Game this week, and four SeaWolves were named to the squad. The four spots were claimed by Beau Burrows, Kyle Funkhouser, Will Maddox, and Jake Robson.

A former first rounder, Burrows earned a Mid-Season All-Star nod for the second straight year, having been named a Florida State League All-Star last year with Lakeland. Through 16 starts, Burrows sports a 3.83 ERA, and has held opponents to a .228 batting average. Burrows also claimed an Eastern League Pitcher of the Week award back in May.

The other member of the rotation heading to the All-Star Game is Kyle Funkhouser. The former Louisville Cardinal owns a 3.36 ERA through 16 starts, earning him a spot just inside the Eastern League’s top-10. The right-hander has taken things to another level in his last 10 starts. In those outings, Funkhouser yielded more than two earned runs once, while shutting out the opponent three times.

Will Maddox collected his second Mid-Season All-Star selection, having been selected as a Midwest League All-Star while with West Michigan in 2016. The infielder’s .303 average places him in the top-10 in the league, and leads Erie among players with at least 100 plate appearances.

Jake Robson also earned his second All-Star selection. The Eastern League replaced him, however, as the Tigers recently promoted him to Toledo. While with Erie, Robson led the club in runs, hits, doubles, walks, total bases, and steals.

The promotion has not slowed him down. Since joining the Mud Hens, Robson owns a .462 average, has hit safely in all seven games, and belted three home runs. He’s also scored 11 times, driven in eight runs, and swiped three bases. Not bad for a first taste of Triple-A.

Replacing Robson

A few days after the announcement, the Eastern League replaced Robson with Danny Woodrow. Woodrow collects his second straight Mid-Season All-Star nod, after earning a selection with West Michigan last year.

After a brief stop in Lakeland to start his campaign, the Tigers quickly elevated Woodrow to Erie. In 43 games for the SeaWolves, Woodrow owns a .299 batting average. He celebrated with a four-hit, three-RBI performance Thursday night, which also included his first professional home run.

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