3 MLB Players on Pace to Make Their First MLB All-Star Appearance

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Elite players like Mike Trout, Max Scherzer and Mookie Betts are constant fixtures in the MLB All-Star Game almost every year. However, there are always a handful of players every season that, thanks to career years or finally living up to their potential, play their way into the Midsummer Classic.

With that in mind, here are three players primed to make their first career All-Star Game appearance in 2019.

3. Mike Minor, SP, Texas Rangers

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He's been a wildly inconsistent pitcher for most of his career, but Mike Minor is putting together one of the best pitching seasons in the Majors this year. The 31-year-old southpaw owns a 5-3 record, with a 2.55 ERA in 11 starts this season and leads all MLB pitchers with a 3.6 WAR. He still has a few more starts to make, but as long as he continues to pitch like an ace, Minor is destined to make his first All-Star Game appearance.

2. Adalberto Mondesi, SS, Kansas City Royals

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Adalberto Mondesi was one of the best players in baseball during the second half of the 2018 season and it looks like he's picked up right where he left off. The 23-year-old shortstop leads the Majors with 18 steals and seven triples, all while slashing a respectable .288/.320/.486. He's also got 41 RBI to his name. There are several other shortstops that Mondesi will have to compete with to make the All-Star roster, but there's no doubt he's putting together a brilliant first half.

1. Joey Gallo, OF, Texas Rangers

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Joey Gallo has always had incredible raw power, but it seems like he's finally developed into a complete hitter in 2019. The 25-year-old slugger is slashing a career-high .277/.423/.652, while leading the American League in slugging percentage and OPS (1.075). Gallo's production at the plate this year has been impressive and as long as he keeps it up, it's more likely than not that the 25-year-old slugger will play in his first ASG.

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