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5 Players Most Likely To Be Snubbed For 2014 MLB All-Star Game

5 Players Most Likely To Be Snubbed For All Star Game

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With the announcement of the All-Star rosters quickly approaching, much has been written about who will make the team. But what about those players who are deserving but very likely to miss the cut? I'll take a look at the five most deserving players who are not likely to receive an invite to the Midsummer Classic.

5. Josh Beckett

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5. Josh Beckett

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Josh Beckett has been quite impressive in a comeback season very few thought was possible. With a 5-4 record, Beckett has a 2.11 ERA in 15 games. Those numbers are more than deserving of an All-Star selection, but the problem for Beckett is that he plays on the same team as one of the best pitchers in baseball -- Clayton Kershaw. Sure to be overlooked, Beckett is more than deserving of All-Star recognition.

4. Edwin Encarnacion

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4 Edwin Encarnacion

Edwin Encarnacion
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Remember when Edwin Encarnacion was designated for assignment a few years ago? My how things have changed. Hitting .278 with 25 home runs and 65 RBIs, Encarnacion is one of the best power hitters in the game today. However, he plays a position (designated hitter) that is being dominated by David Ortiz, Nelson Cruz and Victor Martinez, despite the fact that Encarnacion may be most deserving of the four.

3. Michael Brantley

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3. Michael Brantley

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Not many people outside of northern Ohio think about the Cleveland Indians, and most people outside of that fanbase would struggle to tell you exactly who Michael Brantley is. However, the outfielder is hitting .318 with 12 home runs, 53 RBIs and a .386 OBP -- numbers deserving of an All Star position. Yet because he is unknown, Brantley is likely to miss out on the trip in July.

2. Todd Frazier

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2. Todd Frazier

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Like Brantley, Todd Frazier is not well-known outside of Cincinnati and his hometown in New Jersey. Yet Frazier is arguably the top third baseman in the National League, offensively and defensively. Hitting .287 with 17 home runs, 46 RBIs and a .352 OBP, Frazier is toward the top in the league in all categories. Frazier's impact on the voting is null and void outside of the Queen City, thus resulting in a likely All-Star snub that's unwarranted.

1. Evan Gattis

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1. Evan Gattis

Evan Gattis
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Name the best catchers in the National League; you probably said Yadier Molina or Buster Posey, right? Well you aren't alone in those thoughts, but you are unfortunately overlooking a player who should be named in the same category -- Evan Gattis. Hitting .290 with 16 home runs and 39 RBIs, he is in the top 10 in all categories and leads catchers in home runs. Unknown outside of Atlanta, Gattis is well-deserving of an All-Star roster spot.

Grant Doepel is a Cincinnati Reds writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GrantDoepel, like him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.