Braves All-Star Candidates – SportsTalkATL.com

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The Braves are 14-1 in their last 15 games and are currently 5.5 games behind the Mets in the division. They have turned the tables completely in recent weeks as the team’s bats and pitches come together, albeit against lesser competition. Still, the Braves beat the teams they’re supposed to beat. The club’s resurgence is a collective effort, and Atlanta has several All-Star candidates to show for. Over the past 21 years, Atlanta has sent multiple players to the All-Star Game in 16 of them, but hasn’t sent more than four since 2011. Brian Snitker will manage the NL All-Star team and will surely manage some of its own players. Here are some Braves hopefuls:

Ronald Acuna Jr.

Acuna probably hasn’t played enough games – 34 games out of 63, at the time of writing – to make it happen, but its production certainly deserves an All-Star appearance. He hit .297/.400/.500 with six home runs, eight doubles and 16 RBIs in 128 at-bats. The two-time All-Star also added 11 stolen bases. Those numbers should earn him a trip to Los Angeles, but only playing about half the games will impact voters.

Dansby Swanson

Dansby Swanson has completely turned things around after a disastrous start to the year. The former No. 1 overall pick racked up 2.5 WAR in what has to be the best stint of his career. He hit .291/.357/.470 with nine home runs, 12 doubles and 37 RBIs. If Swanson continues at this rate, he will undoubtedly garner MVP considerations. However, at this point, Trea Turner Where Tommy Edman (even though he’s a second baseman) will likely be the shortstop to represent the NL in LA.

austin riley

Riley had an equally slow start, but just like Swanson, he caught fire. Despite his .255 batting average, Riley smashed 18 homers to go along with 39 RBIs while playing fantastic defense in the hot corner. He might not be able to beat Manny Machadobut Riley deserves consideration.

Max fried

Fried appears to be on his way to his first All-Star appearance while vying for potential Cy Young. He has a 2.90 ERA with a 5.77 strikeout ratio in 13 starts and 80.2 innings pitched. Opponents are hitting just .236 with a career-best .600 OPS.

Kyle Wright

Wright has been the surprise piece of the Braves’ rotation this year and might even have an argument for the club’s top starter, posting a 2.57 ERA over 12 starts and 73.2 innings. The 26-year-old has become a reliable arm in what has become one of the big leagues’ best pitching teams.

Sidenote: If Wright and Fried make the All-Star Game, it will be the first time since 2002 that the Braves have sent two starting pitchers to the game (Tom Glavin and John Smoltz).

A. J. Minter

Minter was absolutely dominant coming out of the bullpen. He’s pretty much locked down Round 8 for the rest of the season with his dominant 1.01 ERA and 9.00 SO/W rate in 28 appearances.

Matt Olson

Olson leads the majors with 24 doubles while hitting .246 with a .789 OPS in his first 65 games as a Brave. The former A first baseman also added eight home runs and 31 RBIs, but faces stiff competition for the All-Star Game. Pete Alonso, Paul Goldschmidtand Freddie Freeman all have numbers as good as, or better than, Olson’s.

Guillaume Contreras

Contreras likely won’t be voted in as a receiver, but could possibly make it as a DH, despite having played more than two-thirds of his games as a receiver. Still, All-Star favorite Willson’s brother is a threat in the box. He hit .287/.368/.649 with nine home runs, seven doubles and 17 RBIs in 27 games and 89 at bats. Whether the Braves’ backstops are voted on or not, their catch situation with Travis d’Arnaud and Contreras ranks among the best in MLB.

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite Brave!

Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire

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