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3 MLB Players Primed to Make Their First All-Star Appearance

ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 10: Ronald Acuna Jr. #13 of the Atlanta Braves rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam during the second inning of an MLB game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at SunTrust Park on June 10, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
Todd Kirkland

2019 has been the breakout campaign for many a young slugger, with seemingly every team having a prized young prospect finally hit his stride and fulfill his potential or a veteran reclamation project find his groove and showing he belongs in the MLB. While the 2019 All-Star game promises to feature several first-time participants, these three stood out above the rest.

3. Yankees 1B Luke Voit

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 29:  Luke Voit #45 of the New York Yankees rounds the bases after his first inning home run against Chris Paddack #59 of the San Diego Padres during their game at Yankee Stadium on May 29, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
San Diego Padres v New York Yankees | Al Bello

After his magical September last season, Voit has proven that last year was no fluke, as he currently leads Twins first baseman CJ Cron in votes for the All-Star game. With a .263 average and 17 home runs in the middle of the Yankees lineup, it's hard to argue against Voit as the starting first baseman for the AL.

2. Braves OF Ronald Acuña

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - JUNE 01: Centerfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. #13 of the Atlanta Braves slides but is unable to catch a line drive hit for a double by second baseman Brandon Dixon #13 of the Detroit Tigers in the eighth inning during the game at SunTrust Park on June 01, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves | Mike Zarrilli

Anyone with a functioning brain could have seen this coming a mile away. Acuña has shown off the bat control (.287 average), power (15 home runs), and defense that made him the No. 1 prospect across all of baseball just a year ago. Something tells me this won't be the last time Acuña works his way into the Midsummer Classic.

1. Pirates 1B Josh Bell

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 02:  Josh Bell #55 of the Pittsburgh Pirates watches the flight of his sixth inning home run against the New York Mets at Citi Field on June 2, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Pittsburgh Pirates v New York Mets | Jim McIsaac

While Christian Yelich and Cody Bellinger look set to duke it out for the MVP award for the rest of the season, it's looking more likely by the day that Bell is going to at least give the voters pause for thought. After never hitting over .273 in a season, the 6-4 first baseman is currently hitting .323 with 19 homers. He's also leading the NL in doubles, with 26, and RBIs, with 64.