Pretty strong chance
Next up we have a group of guys who have a pretty strong chance and nobody would be shocked to see them in the All-Star game once it is here. First up we have the Polar Bear in Pete Alonso. Alonso burst onto the scene in 2019 in his rookie year and was named to the All-Star team to no surprise. Despite taking a step back last year, he looked a lot better this spring training and should have a nice bounce-back year, resulting in a mid-summer classic appearance.
Another guy who had a breakout year in 2019 was Jeff McNeil. 2019 was McNeil’s first full season in the big leagues and he made the most of it as he too was selected to the All-Star game. It is clear the type of player McNeil is now, he is going to put the bat on the ball and hit around .300, hit some home runs, and play pretty good defense anywhere on the diamond. That type of player should not have an issue making the All-Star team, especially now that he can settle in and get more comfortable at one position this season with the suspension to Robinson Cano.
Although he has only made the All-Star team one time in his six-year career, Michael Conforto has a very good shot of making the All-Star team as well. It looked like Conforto finally became the “full” hitter everyone expected him to be last year, and in a contract year this season he should continue that and have another great season.
The last player that has a pretty good chance of making the All-Star team is Dominic Smith. It took Smith some time to find himself once reaching the majors, but once he did he has proved he belongs. His 2019 season proved to be no fluke when he put up even better numbers in the shortened 2020 season and finished 13th in MVP voting. Now that Smith is expected to play every day even though out of position in left field, his bat more than makes up for it and can easily get him a spot on the All-Star team.