8) Amed Rosario
Is this the year Amed Rosario finally reaches All-Star levels? He has a long way to go, but shortstop isn’t exactly an elite position in the National League. Last year’s NL All-Star representatives at the position, Brandon Crawford and Trevor Story, have had great and not-so-great seasons.
Rosario may not be the best shortstop in the NL East next year. However, there is a chance by the end of the season he is.
I’m higher on Robinson Cano than most. Second base has some really good candidates for the NL All-Star team next year, so even if he performs well, it will take a really good season from him. Considering he is a first-time NL player and has been to the game before, others may come as a priority.
Nevertheless, don’t count Cano out of representing the Mets in Cleveland. There’s plenty of gas left in his tank.
6 and 5) Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo
I’m giving a tie to Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo for this spot. Each has just as much chance of cracking the All-Star roster as the other. Conforto went there in 2017 while Nimmo looked like a possibility in 2018.
The offense’s success will depend a lot on this pair. Given his power prowess, Conforto may have a slight advantage. Working in Nimmo’s favor is his universal likability and increasing attention as an underrated player.