5 Pittsburgh Pirates Who Have Played LIke All-Stars So Far in 2016

By Bryan Zarpentine

The Pittsburgh Pirates have not had the kind of season they were hoping for in 2016. The team has hit a rough patch that has sent them tumbling down the hierarchy in the National League. However, mixed in with that disappointment have been plenty of impressive performances from individuals who are having All-Star caliber seasons. Here are five Pirates who have looked the part of an All-Star in 2016.

5 Pittsburgh Pirates Who Have Played LIke All-Stars So Far in 2016
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5. Jung-Ho Kang

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Kang got a late start to the season due to injury, but he's done nothing but hit since returning to the Pittsburgh lineup. In just 35 games, Kang has nine home runs and 25 RBIs, which are All-Star numbers, even if it's in a shorter time period.

5. Jung-Ho Kang

Kang got a late start to the season due to injury, but he's done nothing but hit since returning to the Pittsburgh lineup. In just 35 games, Kang has nine home runs and 25 RBIs, which are All-Star numbers, even if it's in a shorter time period.

4. Mark Melancon

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The All-Star competition among closers is always tight, but Melancon is right up there. He has just one blown save on the season, and his 1.65 ERA makes him just as deserving for an All-Star spot as any closer in the National League.

4. Mark Melancon

The All-Star competition among closers is always tight, but Melancon is right up there. He has just one blown save on the season, and his 1.65 ERA makes him just as deserving for an All-Star spot as any closer in the National League.

3. Gregory Polanco

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Polanco has cranked his performance up several notches from last season. He's already matched his home run total from last year and raised his batting average over 30 points. He may not be an All-Star starter, but he deserves consideration.

3. Gregory Polanco

Polanco has cranked his performance up several notches from last season. He's already matched his home run total from last year and raised his batting average over 30 points. He may not be an All-Star starter, but he deserves consideration.

2. Gerrit Cole

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Cole is the one Pittsburgh starter who's performing anywhere close to his potential. The 25-year-old is becoming the ace the Pirates always envisioned him becoming, and he definitely wouldn't look out of place in the All-Star Game this year.

2. Gerrit Cole

Cole is the one Pittsburgh starter who's performing anywhere close to his potential. The 25-year-old is becoming the ace the Pirates always envisioned him becoming, and he definitely wouldn't look out of place in the All-Star Game this year.

1. Starling Marte

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Marte is in the midst of what could be his best season. His home run numbers are down a bit, but he's batting .332 and hitting doubles and stealing bases at a high rate, becoming a real menace for opposing teams.

1. Starling Marte

Marte is in the midst of what could be his best season. His home run numbers are down a bit, but he's batting .332 and hitting doubles and stealing bases at a high rate, becoming a real menace for opposing teams.

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