Though he's off to a bit of a slow start, D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt has been playing his usual Gold Glove Award defense, and given his track record, he certainly figures to be a worthy candidate to earn his third straight start and fourth overall appearance for the National League in the Midsummer Classic.
While outfielder A.J. Pollock joined Goldschmidt at last year's All-Star Game, this year there are several worthy D-backs candidates, including second baseman Jean Segura, third baseman Jake Lamb and outfielder David Peralta.
Segura has been a weapon at the top of the Arizona order, and his hot start at the plate during Spring Training has so far carried over into the regular season. Meanwhile, in just his second full season in the big leagues, Lamb is showing continued improvement at the plate while playing outstanding defense.
It's probably time for Peralta to get his due. Having gone from pitching prospect to out of baseball to independent league outfielder, Peralta has one of the better stories of any player in the game.
Other D-backs on the ballot include Yasmany Tomas, Chris Owings, Nick Ahmed and Welington Castillo.
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The other side: Over in the American League, even though the Astros are off to a slow start, outfielder Colby Rasmus has been on fire at the plate. Rasmus' positive season seemed to fly under the radar last year, but he deserves more attention in the voting this time around.
Tip of the cap: One player in the NL worth considering is Dexter Fowler with the Cubs. D-backs fans got a firsthand look at how valuable a player Fowler was during an early April series, and while other Cubs players may draw more attention, Fowler shouldn't be ignored.
A rising star: Rockies shortstop Trevor Story has taken baseball by storm in April. D-backs fans watched him hit four homers at Chase Field in the season-opening three-game series, and they're likely to see more as the two teams battle this summer.
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