This year, the Atlanta Braves will send more players to the MLB All-Star game than any other team in the National League. Not only that, but it’s the most players the Braves have sent to the All-Star game since 2012. Back then, news like this would be considered shocking. But with the team leading the National League, and a dugout full of talented athletes, it’s no surprise that the Braves plan on sending a total of four players to the All-Star game on July 17th in Washington, D.C. These are the four players that the Atlanta Braves are sending to represent the 2018 MLB All-Star game:
First baseman, Freddie Freeman looked to be the Braves’ All-Star pick early on this season. Freeman received more than four million votes, which earned him the title “Top Vote-Getter.” Hitting .310/.401/.537 with a total of 16 home-runs, Freeman is an exciting player to watch and one who some think may be likely candidate for this year’s MVP. This is Freeman’s third trip to the All-Star game. Freddie Freeman is expected to be one of the starters for the National League.
This All-Star game appearance is one that is long overdue for baseball veteran, Nick Markakis. It’s the first time he’s been to one in his 13 year career. The right fielder finished second (with just over 450,000 votes) behind Washington Nationals’ star, Bryce Harper. Currently, Markakis leads the National League in hits. Markakis was a first-round draft pick to the Orioles in 2003, before leaving the organization in 2014. He signed with Atlanta as a free agent a year after he left. Despite his age, Markakis is having an excellent season, batting a career high of .327, making his spot as a starter earned. Markakis will join teammate Freddie Freeman as a starter on Sunday.
Ozzie Albies is a power player and young one who probably has a lot left in him. Currently leading the National League in runs, doubles, and even extra base hits. Albies, a young 21 years of age is one of the youngest ever Braves’ players to appear in an All-Star game. The second baseman even led the league in fan votes before losing to Javier Baez from the Cubs’. Albies will not start the game but may make an appearance later on in Sunday’s game as an All-Star reserve.
Currently, the only Braves’ pitcher to be selected, Mike Foltynewicz was selected as part of the All-Star squad because he is capable of putting up some massive numbers. Or at least, he appeared to be at the beginning of the season. Over 17 starts, Foltynewicz has put up a 2.37 ERA and is averaging 10.9 strikeouts per inning. And in what’s probably the most impressive stat of Foltynewicz’s, his opponents are only hitting a.188 against him. Though Foltynewicz isn’t starting, he’s excited to be playing in his first ever career All-Star game.
"It's a huge honor. The main goal this year was just to be consistent, not trying to make All-Star games, just trying to go out there and win game by game for my team.”@Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz is heading to his first career All-Star game. pic.twitter.com/TgB1tmsee2
— FOX Sports: Braves (@FOXSportsBraves) July 8, 2018