Breakout 2016 earns Duvall All-Star berth

Bruce joins fellow Reds outfielder as injury replacement

Breakout 2016 earns Duvall All-Star berth

CHICAGO -- A player who had 55 games of Major League experience entering the season, Reds left fielder Adam Duvall has yet to become a nationally known player. His low-key and quiet nature also doesn't draw added attention.

But Duvall's peers in the game certainly noticed what Reds fans have seen in the first half. He will be going to the 2016 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard. The 27-year-old was selected to the National League team via the player's ballot. Right fielder Jay Bruce was a late addition when he was named Saturday to replace injured Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler on the roster.

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"I just try to play the game hard and try to earn the respect of my peers," Duvall said. "Obviously, they thought a lot of me by voting me in, and I appreciate that. I think that's one of the best ways you can get voted in -- by your peers. I'm pretty proud of that."

Duvall is batting .252 and, despite having a .290 on-base percentage, is slugging .559 with 22 home runs and 59 RBIs in 79 games this season. At 2.2 Wins Above Replacement, he is second in the NL in homers and among the leaders in RBIs, slugging and extra-base hits.

Acquired from the Giants at the Trade Deadline last July for pitcher Mike Leake to be part of the Reds' rebuild, Duvall came to Spring Training trying to earn a job. When he got a roster spot, he started the season as a platoon player. But he quickly established himself as the regular left fielder and a force in the lineup.

Reds manager Bryan Price delivered the All-Star news to Duvall personally.

"Very well deserved," Price said. "Really, a nice honor as a manager to be able to give that type of news to a young guy like Adam who is in his first full season in the big leagues and has had a huge first half -- 22 homers and 59 RBIs -- really a superior left field and a guy that has made the position his own and carved out a nice niche on the ballclub for us. We're all happy for him. It's a great thing for our organization, and certainly for Adam."

Defensively, Duvall has shown surprising skills in the field with his glove and arm. He's made four assists and has come up with several nice catches.

"That was one thing I worked hard on this offseason," Duvall said. "I'm very proud of how I played the outfield. But I looked back and there are a lot of things I can do better, offensively and defensively. I'm excited for that journey continuing and just trying to get better every day."

Duvall looked forward to being among other All-Stars in San Diego and watching how they go about their business. He also wants to let people see him work.

"I think it's a chance to get out there and show everybody what I'm capable of," Duvall said. "But the main thing is I want to slow it down a little bit. I know it can be a fast process. I want to just enjoy it because you never know if you're going to make it back or not. I just want to make sure I enjoy it."

Bruce, now a three-time All-Star, was previously selected in 2011 and '12.

Not selected from the Reds was shortstop Zack Cozart (13 homers), who was seeking his first invite and is having a bounceback season after a knee injury wrecked his 2015 campaign.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.