Ball State baseball alums Dean Anna, Jeremy Hazelbaker and Brad Snyder are on the Triple-A All-Star Ballot and fans can vote until June 26 to help them make the team.
Anna went to the Padres in the 26th round of the Major League Baseball Draft with the 795th overall selection after completing his junior season at Ball State. He hit .319 for the Cardinals in 2008 with 11 home runs and 41 runs-batted-in out of the leadoff spot. Anna added 17 doubles and seven triples for a total of 35 extra-base hits.
Anna is batting .342 with seven home runs and 30 RBI for the Tucson Padres this season as the team's second baseman.
Hazelbaker was selected in the fourth round (138th pick) of the 2009 MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox. He was named First Team All-Mideast Region and Second Team All-America by ABCA/Rawlings after his junior season. Hazelbaker was named Third Team All-America by Baseball America and Second Team All-Ping!Baseball. He had a breakout junior season as he started 50 games in center field to earn his third letter. Hazelbaker led the team in batting with a .429 average while also leading the team with 77 runs, 87 hits, eight triples, 48 walks and a .550 on-base percentage from the leadoff position. He set the Ball State single-season records for runs scored (77), triples (8) and on-base percentage (.550). Hazelbaker finished second in NCAA Division I in on-base percentage, fourth in runs and sixth in triples.
Hazelbaker is a member of the Pawtucket Red Sox and is batting .275 in 51 games with six doubles, one triple, five home runs, 26 RBI and 72 total bases wih 16 stolen bases.
In 168 games with Ball State from 2001-03, Snyder hit .378 with 36 home runs and 150 RBI. He was a first team Freshman All-America selection in 2001 and a first team All-American and the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year in 2003. Snyder was selected with the 18th pick overall in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Cleveland Indians in 2003. He competed in the Chicago Cubs organization from 2008-10 and made his Major League debut in 2010. He signed with the Houston Astros in 2011 and the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2012.
Snyder is batting .275 in 42 games with 24 runs scored, 10 doubles, four home runs, 28 RBI and 63 total bases.