After not having an All-Star game last season due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, the mid-summer’s classic will be back next month at Coors Fields. The MLB All-Star game is one of the best in the four majors sports, where the best players from the diamond meet up to showcase their talents.
While all the attention will be on the stars and superstar players on both the American and National Leagues, there will likely be some rookies who will be making their first-ever ASG appearances. In the 2019 MLB All-Star Game, there were four rookies (Pete Alonso, Mike Soroka, John Means, Brandon Lowe) who received the prestigious honor. That being said, we’ll breakdown which rookies could see themselves making the All-Star team with voting already underway.
1. Trevor Rogers, LHP, Miami Marlins - As you already know the fans do not get a chance to vote on pitchers in the All-Star Game. However, it should be a forgone conclusion that Rogers will find his way onto the NL All-Star team.
The rookie pitcher has been one of the best rookies in the NL and has won two consecutive Rookie of the Month awards. Rogers has a 6-3 record and sub 2.00 ERA (1.75). He also has 81 strikeouts in 68.2 IP and a K/9 of 10.6.
2. Adolis Garcia, OF, Texas Rangers - In the American League All-Star Game vote, Garcia faces some stiff competition at the outfielder position. But just like Rogers, he has been one of the best rookies in baseball and in the AL this season. The 28-year-old won Rookie of the Month for May after slashing .312/.348/.633 with 11 home runs and 27 RBI. Overall, he’s hitting .277 with 16 HRs (leads all OF in the AL) and 42 RBI.
3. Jazz Chisholm, 2B, Miami Marlins - In the National League, the field is wide open at second baseman, where someone will make their first appearance in next month’s All-Star Game in Denver, Colorado. Chisholm has been outstanding at the plate and on the base pads for the Marlins. This season, the young second baseman is hitting .263/.331/.474 with 7 HRs and 16 RBI. His 7 HRs is tied for fourth among the second basemen on the NL ballot. He also has 9 stolen bases and only been caught twice.
4. Randy Arozarena, OF, Tampa Bay Rays - With the Tampa Bay Rays being one of the best teams in MLB this season, it’s only right that Arozarena makes the All Star team. The rookie outfielder, who was a postseason superstar in 2020, is slugging .252/.337/.392 with 7 HRs and 27 RBI. His numbers might not be superior to his counterparts, but he could end up with a 20 HR/20 SB season.
5. Yermin Mercedes, DH, Chicago White Sox - Mercedes is an older rookie just like Adolis Garcia, but he has played well too this season and put himself in the running to make the American League All Star team. The designated hitter started off Opening Weekend on fire and has carried it over through the season. Mercedes is slashing .292/.351/.448 with 7 HRs and 19 for the White Sox.