JOLIET – It has been quite a week for Joliet Slammers All-Star pitcher Blair Walters.
Walters, first baseman/designated hitter Russell Moldenhauer and third baseman Grant DeBruin were named to represent the Slammers on the West squad for the Frontier League All-Star Game, which was played Wednesday night in Sauget.
Earlier Wednesday, though, the Slammers announced Walters has signed with the Atlanta Braves' organization. He leaves the Slammers with a 2.74 ERA. He allowed 59 hits in 75 2/3 innings while striking out 54.
He was selected in the 11th round of the 2011 draft by the White Sox. His best stint with the Sox came in 2012 with Class A Kannapolis when he finished with a 2.88 ERA in 72 innings. Walters then moved to the Houston Astros and made one start at Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2013.
There is no word yet on where Walters will be sent by the Braves for the rest of the season. He joins five other former Slammers in affiliate baseball – Aaron Dott, Jake Sanchez, Geoff Brown, Joe Meggs and Matt Fields.
In the All-Star Game, the West took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning at press time. Moldenhauer had struck out in his two at-bats, while DeBruin had walked and grounded out to shortstop in his plate appearances to that point.
The Slammers are home at 7:05 p.m. Friday against the Windy City Thunderbolts at Silver Cross Field. It will be a Fireworks Friday and a Zombie Night.