5 Pittsburgh Pirates Who Belong On The 2014 NL All-Star Team

5 Pittsburgh Pirates Players who Deserve NL All-Star Consideration

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have disappointed this season, with a 34-36 record through their first 70 games. However, they do have some players that should get consideration for the NL All-Star team based on their individual performance. Some may surprise you and some won’t, but here are five Pirates who deserve to make the NL All-Star roster.

5. Andrew McCutchen

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5. Andrew McCutchen

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Not only does McCutchen deserve to make the All-Star roster, but he also deserves to be in the MVP conversation. In 69 games, McCutchen has a 3.4 fWAR, which ranks just second in the NL among outfielders behind Giancarlo Stanton. McCutchen is batting .324/.436/.552 in 314 plate appearances in 2014.

4. Russell Martin

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4. Russell Martin

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Russell Martin’s 1.6 fWAR is really high considering he’s appeared in just 35 games in 2014. He has an excellent offense-defense combination from the catcher position that not many of his fellow catchers have. In 154 plate appearances, Martin is hitting .279/.422/.402 with a 141 wRC+.

3. Neil Walker

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3. Neil Walker

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Other than Chase Utley and Dee Gordon, Neil Walker probably is the most deserving second baseman in the NL. He is hitting .280/.353/.452 with 11 home runs in 267 plate appearances in 2014. He doesn’t field his position well, but he more than makes up for that with his offensive production.

2. Tony Watson

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2. Tony Watson

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One of the most dominant lefty relievers in baseball, Tony Watson, should definitely make the All-Star roster. In 32 innings, Watson has a 1.41 ERA with 11.53 K/9 and just 0.28 HR/9.

1. Mark Melancon

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1. Mark Melancon

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Mark Melancon has 10 saves from his short stint as the Pirates’ closer when Jason Grilli was on the DL, but he has been just as good in the setup role. On the season, Melancon has a 1.95 ERA and just 1.67 BB/9 with an impressive 60.5 ground ball percentage.

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