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5 Atlanta Braves Who Belong on the 2014 NL All-Star Team

5 Atlanta Braves Who Belong on the 2014 NL All-Star Team

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At time in the 2014 season, it has been hard to find more than a few Atlanta Braves players that deserve any positive recognition at all. However, as the season has grown toward the halfway point, there are a few players who are standing out from the rest. While some of the names will be names you might have guessed, there are two players in here who definitely don't get the respect they deserve around baseball.

5. Freddie Freeman

5. Freddie Freeman
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5. Freddie Freeman

5. Freddie Freeman
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This season, Freddie is getting no respect from other teams or anyone outside of Atlanta. His average dipped down to .270, but he has brought it back up to .280. As far as statistics go, he has been just as good as Anthony Rizzo, and only a few home runs behind Paul Goldschmidt this season. To go along with that, Freeman is easily one of the best everyday defensive first basemen in the National League.

4. Justin Upton

4. Justin Upton
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4. Justin Upton

4. Justin Upton
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His batting average is third best among left fielders in the NL, he hit more home runs than any other left fielder and is second in RBI among men in that position. When the Braves have struggled offensively, Upton has oddly been one of the players the team could lean on, even if he has 80+ strikeouts at this point in the season. At his position, he is probably the best offensively, and deserves to have a spot on the 2014 team.

3. Julio Teheran

3. Julio Teheran
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3. Julio Teheran

3. Julio Teheran
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Teheran owns a 2.31 ERA, which was brought up from below 2, after having only one bad start so far this season. In his sophomore season, he's among the league leaders in WAR and innings pitched, all while anchoring a starting rotation that was thrown together at the end of Spring Training. If nobody else on the list makes the team, Teheran is the man that has impressed fans around baseball more than any other.

2. Evan Gattis

2. Evan Gattis
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2. Evan Gattis

2. Evan Gattis
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Gattis is somewhat of a myth at this point in his career. He leads the Braves team, and all MLB catchers, with 16 home runs. He's hitting closer to .300 than anyone thought he ever would, and he's a decent defender. In the past two weeks, he has been the anchor of the Braves' lineup, and provided the team with runs that have been awfully hard to come by. In order to add to the legend, El Oso Blanco should go to at least hit in the home run derby.

1. Craig Kimbrel

1. Craig Kimbrel
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1. Craig Kimbrel

1. Craig Kimbrel
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Kimbrel should be an easy choice to be on the team. He is easily the best, and most dominant closer in all of baseball and has proved that over the course of the season, cementing himself as the all-time leader in saves in Braves' history. Continuing on the pace he has kept this season, he would break the strikeout per nine innings record that has stood since the 90's, when Randy Johnson was dominant. Look for Kimbrel to close the 2014 contest.