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
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
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
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.