Over the past three seasons in which there has been an All-Star game (2018, 2019, 2021) the Brewers have had five players representing the team.
In 2018 it was: Jesus Aguilar, Lorenzo Cain, Josh Hader, Jeremy Jeffress, and Christian Yelich. 2019 consisted of: Hader, Yelich, Yasmani Grandal, Mike Moustakas, and Brandon Woodruff. Last year it was: Hader, Woodruff, Corbin Burnes, Omar Narvaez, and Freddy Peralta.
MLB All-Star voting officially opened on June 8. Phase one of fan voting goes until June 30 and then from July 5-July 8 a separate phase will be initiated to select the starters. This year’s mid summer classic will be held on July 19 at Dodger stadium.
With the All-Star game approximately one month away, which Brewers realistically have a shot at representing the team?
1) LHP Josh Hader
Hader has been an All-Star each of the past three seasons and should be an easy selection once again this year.
He began the year by throwing 19 consecutive scoring outings, 18 of which were save opportunities. Dating back to last year, he had a streak of 40 consecutive outings without allowing a run and 32 straight save conversions. Both of those streaks were recently snapped against the Phillies.
2) RHP Corbin Burnes
The reigning Cy Young is having another great season. As it stands, he has a 2.48 ERA in 72.2 IP. His 92 strikeouts are the most in the league and he has walked just 17 batters.
Burnes made his first All-Star game in 2021 and should be an easy selection for 2022. The biggest question will be if he can beat out the likes of Joe Musgrove, Sandy Alcantara, Zack Wheeler, and Max Fried to earn the honor of starting the game.
3) RHP Devin Williams
Despite his brilliance, Williams is yet to make an All-Star game. During 2020 there was no All-Star game and he got off to a shaky start during the 2021 season. This year, Williams is having a great start to the season.
In 24 IP he has recorded 39 strikeouts and converted on all four of his save opportunities. He is striking batters out at a 15.3 K:9 clip, which equates to striking out 40.6% of the batters he faces. Hopefully he can finish the first half strong and earn the honor of being an All-Star.
As for the rest of the Brewers pitching staff, Aaron Ashby and Eric Lauer have been more than solid starters. However, they more than likely are on the outside looking in when it comes to taking a spot from any other National League starters. If other pitchers have to back out either due to injury or rest concerns, Lauer could be a strong candidate to be named as a replacement for someone on the roster as Freddy Peralta did last season.
This year, it may be hard to find a Brewers position player at the All-Star game. Rowdy Tellez has contributed the most RBI’s on the team, but would have to beat out the likes of Pete Alonso, Paul Goldschmidt, Freddie Freeman, Josh Bell, and others. Willy Adames has also driven in a good amount of runs, but he has a very low batting average and missed time due to an ankle sprain.
As Brewer fans, all we can do is go out and vote for our players. Only days remain before phase one closes!