By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on July 7, 2014
With the 2014 MLB All-Star Game rosters set, there are plenty of deserving players who will represent the National League and American League in the midsummer classic. Of course, there are always big-time snubs as well, which are players who have the numbers to be on the All-Star team but weren’t selected. Here’s a look at 10 of the game’s youngest stars who should have been on the All-Star Game roster.
The 24-year-old starting pitcher is having a great year in his fourth season in the big leagues. His 6-3 record and 60 strikeouts aren’t all that impressive when compared to other pitchers. However, his 2.27 ERA ranks fifth in all of baseball.
Sonny Gray’s numbers aren’t awe-inspiring by any means. Nonetheless, his 8-3 record, 95 strikeouts and 3.08 ERA is a big reason why the Oakland Athletics are considered to be the best team in MLB. That’s reason enough to earn a roster spot.
Despite this being his sixth year in the majors, Rick Porcello is only 25 years old, which absolutely makes him eligible for this list. The right-hander’s 11 wins is a big reason why many believed he deserved to be selected. Not to mention, he has two complete-game shutouts in 17 starts.
Scooter Gennett’s offensive numbers don’t jump off the page, with the exception of his .305 batting average. However, he still has six home runs, 21 doubles and two triples. More importantly, Gennett has played outstanding on defense in 2014.
In his fourth year in the big leagues, Anthony Rizzo is on pace for a career year. His .276 batting average isn’t the greatest, but his 17 home runs and 45 RBI are what truly stand out.
It would be quite shocking if starting pitcher Garrett Richards didn’t receive an AL roster spot in the final vote considering the outstanding numbers he has put up this year. The right-hander is 10-2 with a 2.71 ERA and 119 strikeouts in 116 1/3 innings.
The third baseman is sporting a .282 batting average, 12 home runs, 50 RBI and eight stolen bases in 333 at-bats in only his second season in the big leagues. On top of that, his 60 runs scored ranks sixth in the majors.
The 26-year-old has taken huge strides in his third year in the majors as evidence of his already career-high eight wins. He also has a 3.06 ERA and 84 strikeouts in 108 2/3 innings. Maybe even more important is his stellar 3.2 wins above replacement.
Like many of the young players on this list, Corey Kluber is on pace for a career year in his fourth season in the big leagues. The starting pitcher is 8-6 with a 2.86 ERA and a whopping 137 strikeouts, which ranks fourth in all of baseball.
Chris Sale isn’t just the biggest young stud who was snubbed. He’s easily the biggest snub of any player in this year’s All-Star Game selection. The 25-year-old right-hander is 8-1 with a 2.16 ERA, 96 strikeouts and two complete games in 13 starts. His ERA ranks fourth in the big leagues.
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