MLB: 5 players you might not have heard of who will be All-Stars next year

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Donovan Solano #7 of the San Francisco Giants fields the ball against the Colorado Rockies at Oracle Park on September 22, 2020 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Donovan Solano #7 of the San Francisco Giants fields the ball against the Colorado Rockies at Oracle Park on September 22, 2020 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /
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MLB Seattle Mariners Dylan Moore
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Mariners utility man Dylan Moore

Dylan Moore might be the most unheard-of guy on this list, but he also has a chance to be the best hitter next year of this group.

Moore made his way to the Mariners as a 26-year-old free agent after being released by the Brewers before making his MLB debut. He spent all of 2019 in a utility role bouncing mainly between left field and shortstop and struggled with a .691 OPS in 113 games his rookie season.

However, things changed last year as, while healthy, Moore was a full-time starter in left field,  right field, and second base with an .855 OPS and 8 home runs in 159 plate appearances. The more sabermetric stats also show how good Moore was as he had a 1.8 WAR, a positive dWAR while playing multiple positions, and he ranked in the top quarter percentile for exit velocity, hard-hit %, and barrel %.

The Mariners have a few guys like Kyle Lewis and Kyle Seager who could be All-Stars next year, so if Moore is to make it he would not be getting in as the lone representative whose the best of a bad bunch, but his stats from the shortened 2020 season look promising for Moore to potentially be a representative of the American League in Atlanta as an outfielder or second baseman.