The 2019 season has been a thrilling one so far with breakout stars and breakout teams. Here is a list of MLB All-Star Game surprises and snubs.
This MLB season has been full of surprises, from Cody Bellinger’s remarkable start of the season to Chris Davis’ incredible strikeout streak, to the astonishing under-performance of Jose Ramirez, this season has not been a dull one.
In this article, I will present the MLB All-Star finalists who were least expected to make it to the Mid-Summer Classic prior to this season and then I will mention players who have either been perennial All-Stars or deserve a spot and for one reason or another did not get one.
Let’s begin with this season’s most pleasant surprises.
Gio Urshela, 3B, New York Yankees
Prior to the 2019 season, Gio Urshela was known as an excellent defensive player but not much else.
This year, with the Yankees 3rd baseman Miguel Andujar going down for the season, Urshela has more than just sufficed at the hot corner. His glove and his bat have been outstanding and he has been one of the most clutch Yankees in a year full of clutch moments for the Bombers.
2018 season: AB 43/AVG .233/1 HR/3 RBI
2019 season: AB 193/AVG .306/6 HR/34 RBI