MLB Network’s Jon Heyman and Joel Sherman were tasked with creating their personal early season picks for the AL and NL All-Star teams and two Dodger outfielders were named.
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Cody Bellinger and Alex Verdugo have led the Dodgers offense this season and it would come as no surprise to anyone if we saw them both in the Summer Classic.
Bellinger has been in the MVP race this season as we know, posting a .401/.481/.770 slash line, 3.8 fWAR, and 15 home runs so far. In addition, he is also amongst the league leaders in Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) with a stellar mark of 12, with 1 at first base and 11 in the outfield. Bellinger is almost a lock for the All-Star game at this juncture.
Verdugo on the other hand is a fresh face for most Major League Baseball fans, but has jump-started the offense and has played solid defense as well. A .330/.377/.536 slash line for a guy who turned 23 years old just days ago is very impressive. When looking at his defensive numbers, he has also posted a top-tier mark of 9. The counting stats lack slightly with only 4 homers and 20 RBIs, but those do not matter in the grand scheme of things. Verdugo also ranks fourth among NL outfielders behind Christian Yelich, Cody Bellinger, and Michael Conforto in wRC+ with a 147 mark. That screams All-Star.
Both guys have done their part for the Dodgers offense and it would be no surprise if they represented the organization in July. It would be a fitting recognition for their outstanding play on the both sides of the ball this season as well as their individual contributions to their club this season.