5 MLB Rookies Who Deserve To Be All-Stars In 2013
5 Potential MLB Rookie All-Stars
Traditionally, the MLB All-Star Game rosters have been tough to crack for rookies. However, with such a great infusion of young talent coming into the game recently, as well as expanded All-Star rosters, there's a greater opportunity for these young players to make the roster. Last year, a record-breaking six rookies -- Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Lance Lynn, Ryan Cook, Wade Miley, and Yu Darvish -- were selected to play in the game.
This year, there aren't any rookies who have gotten quite the hype and exposure that Bryce Harper and Mike Trout received last year upon their callups. That being said, Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers has certainly made a strong impression. Despite Puig's strong performance thus far, he is very unlikely to play in the game. National League manager Bruce Bochy, who almost certainly would be in charge of adding Puig to the roster since he will not be voted in by the players, said that he does not think that Puig has played enough to warrant selection.
Still, there are plenty of rookies who have played well enough to be All-Stars in 2013. Some players, such as the Atlanta Braves' Evan Gattis and the San Diego Padres' Jedd Gyorko, put up spectacular performances during the first three months of the year, but are now on the disabled list and seem to be longshots. Others, such as the St. Louis Cardinals' Trevor Rosenthal, have been fantastic, but are victims of their teams having too many other deserving players. Considering the statistics of every player at each position and considering relativity, along with the MLB's requirement that every team have an All-Star, here are the five rookies who are most likely to be All-Stars in 2013.
No. 5: Didi Gregorius, SS, Arizona Diamondbacks
Gregorius has been a major revelation for the Arizona Diamondbacks this season. The 23-year-old shortstop, who was the D-Backs' major acquisition in a three-team trade this offseason, was heralded as a great fielder, but his offensive ability was an unknown. Gregorius took over for Cliff Pennington in mid-April and caught fire, hitting .407 for the month. Though he's slowed down a bit offensively, Gregorius is still hitting .293 in addition to providing great defense. He's one of the National League's most impressive shortstops and very much deserves to be at Citi Field on July 16.
No. 4: Jose Fernandez, RHP, Miami Marlins
Though Jose Fernandez's greatest advantage is that he plays on the league's worst team -- which is very depleted of talent -- he has had a great start to his rookie year. The 20-year-old, who had not pitched a game above Class-A prior to making the Miami Marlins' roster out of spring training, has a 3.05 ERA and is only allowing hitters to bat .203 against him. He is already the leader of the Marlins staff and figures to stay there until he accrues enough value for the Marlins to trade him, so he is the most worthy representative of his team this year.
No. 3: Shelby Miller, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals
Miller has burst onto the scene and been one of the best pitchers in the NL this year. After winning the Cardinals' fifth starter job out of spring training, Miller is still hanging with the league leaders in the major pitching categories. Just to provide an idea of how dominant he has been, June has been Miller's worst month with a 3.03 ERA thus far. He still has an overall 2.35 ERA this season with 101 strikeouts and a 1.00 WHIP. Though Miller may be a victim of a roster crunch, as the Cardinals have many other deserving All-Stars, he is certainly deserving of joining that group.
No. 2: Hyun-Jin Ryu, LHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
Ryu, a 26-year-old who the Dodgers plucked out of Korea for $36 million, has gotten consistently better this season and has definitely pitched himself into All-Star consideration. He is particularly attractive due to his 1.81 ERA over his eight starts at home, and he has a 2.85 ERA overall for the season. Though he is definitely a ground-ball pitcher and his sabermetric numbers are not overwhelming, the bottom line is that Ryu has a 6-3 record on a team that is on pace to lose 91 games. Ryu should be a prime candidate to join his fellow starter, Clayton Kershaw, on the NL staff.
No. 1: Marcell Ozuna, OF, Miami Marlins
It doesn't really make sense for the Marlins to have multiple All-Stars considering that they have been so bad this season. However, if the NL pitching staff is too full for Fernandez to get a spot, Marcell Ozuna would also be worthy. The 22-year-old outfielder, who was called up at the end of April to replace the injured Giancarlo Stanton, is hitting .294 this season and has an impressive 15 doubles. It doesn't hurt Ozuna to have hit .429 in his four games at AT&T Park with multiple game-winning hits, as Giants manager Bruce Bochy likely will be in charge of selecting the Marlins' representative.