It’s a real honour to make the All-Star teams in the MLB and that statement stands whether you are a veteran who has gone through the hard grind to make the grade or a young player who is making his first big step in the game. There are plenty of players each year who turn in big and unexpected performances to take their place in the Midsummer Classic.
This year is no different and there are quite a few players who are off to hot starts which could well result in first-time All-Star selection; here’s our pick of the veterans and youngsters alike who could well be making their debut in that game this year.
Alex Gordon of the Kansas City Royals has taken his time to make his mark; few would have guessed that when he was selected as the second pick in the 2005 draft he would still be awaiting his first All-Star appearance at the age of 29. Judging by the numbers that he is putting up this year he is about to rectify that blemish on his career, it would have been better if he had made the line-up last year when the game was in Kansas City but we guess he’ll take a debut this year instead.
Matt Harvey has always been viewed as an ace of the future but he appears to have accelerated his development this year as his start to the year has been phenomenal he gained his fourth win last Friday and has allowed just 10 hits in 29 innings of graft so far this season.
Not many shortstops have had a better start to the season than Jed Lowrie of the Oakland Athletics, he was acquired by the A’s to solve their complete lack of middle infield production and he’s certainly been a force to be reckoned with. He was on the brink of a breakout season last year when he was with the Astros and he looks to be building on that in the early stages of this season that could well see him make the All-Star games if he continues his progression.
The basis of a good season was there for Todd Frazier, after he hit 19 home runs last year and finished third in the NL Rookie of the Year voting, this year he has taken another step forward and is one of the key performers and run producers in the Cincinnati lineup.
It will take their good form to continue over the next few weeks to take them into the All-Star game but it’s not hard to imagine some of this quartet making the big game come mid-season if they do.