The MLB All-Star Game is at hand, begging the question: Which player from the Texas Rangers roster will make the squad?
The 2018 MLB All-Star will be played on July 17 at National Park, home of the Washington Nationals. For the last place Texas Rangers, the team will just be pleased if they can get one player voted onto the All-Star roster.
At 25-37, the Rangers just want any reason they can celebrate and make the most of the rest of the season.
The team’s roster has been juggled around throughout the season and with injuries plaguing the team, as such, a big number of key players have missed games this year. Nonetheless, plenty of players have shown promise this year.
Here are three players worthy of an All-Star nod:
1. Joey Gallo
At 24 years old, Joey Gallo has proven to be one of the top hitters in the game. For the Rangers last season, Gallo had a batting average of .209 and finished the year with 41 home runs.
So far this season, the young star has homered 15 times and is just four home runs shy from the American League leader Mike Trout. Gallo is also second in the team in RBIs, with 34.
Another fundamental the 24 year old has had to his game, is the defensive play. This season, Gallo has 11 assists, 24 double players and 237 putouts.
Gallo can do it all and with plenty of time for improvement, Rangers fans can only hope this is the start of a great year for their young star.
2. Shin-Soo Choo
A key veteran looking to make his first All-Star game is designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo. Choo currently leads the team in on base percentage with a .367 average. He is also currently fourth on the team in batting average: .266.
The Rangers DH has proven to be a valuable asset whenever the team is in need of any type of scoring. Choo leads the team in walks and currently has 61 hits to go with 35 runs.
Over the past seven games, Choo has combined for three homers to go with nine walks. The Texas Rangers may have their fingers crossed that his hot bat will lead him to an All-Star appearance.
3. Nomar Mazara
Mazara is another player who is letting his bat do the talking. If it were not for Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre, because they have missed a majority of games this season, Mazara would be the team’s top hitter.
In 61 games this season, the young hitter has maintained a .274 batting average. Along with a top batting average, Mazara currently leads the team in RBIs.
On the defensive side of the ball, Mazara has started all but one game in the outfield this season. He currently has 93 putouts and 97 total chances.
Mazara will have tough competition if he hopes to get an All-Star spot in the outfield. Texas Ranger fans must vote heavily if they want to see their-future stud in the game.
Gallo, Choo and Mazara all have wonderful cases when it comes to deserving a spot on the MLB All-Star Roster, but if Texas Rangers fans hope to see any of their favorites in the game then they know what they have to do.