Not everyone in Major League Baseball is destined (or selected) to be in the All-Star game, even when they deserve a second look.
Other players have the potential to be there, but haven't found their way just yet this time around.
The baseball season springs eternal, and with the All-Star break around the corner, players will have the chance to rest and regroup for an ever bigger second half of the year. Here are six Non-All-Star Players set to have standout second half performances.
6. Daniel Murphy
This Washington National has come a long way since making his 2018 debut after an eight-month break from right knee surgery. He started the season going 5-for-37 with one extra-base hit but is now 15-for-43 with four extra-base hits in his last 13 games (including his first home run). Murphy now shows the potential to have a successful second half run and says he's finally seeing the ball better.
Just a shame he won't be repping DC in front of his hometown fans.
5. Kris Bryant
This two-time All-Star has been struggling with a shoulder injury this season but finally returned to the Cubs Wednesday after a stint on the DL. Bryant hit a massive home run while completing a two-day rehab assignment with the Tennessee Smokies and should come back even stronger, already notching a dinger in his first game back. He was slashing .280/.383/.481, with 9 home runs and 36 RBI before his injury so his second half looks bright.
4. Brad Ziegler
Ziegler's 2018 season has started improving swiftly, and will ideally continue to do so as the trade deadline approaches thanks to a mechanical change he made in his pitching set. By holding the glove by his face while setting instead of his belt, this Marlin has been rejuvenated, giving up only one run in 16 appearances spanning 17 innings of work. Expect his 4.50 ERA to drop.
3. Nick Williams
Nick Williams is improving left and right on the Phillies, and it all starts with his plate discipline. He's got 11 home runs, 56 hits and an average of .253, but the 24-year-old Williams has been aflame since earning an everyday spot in the lineup. He has earned his place as the team's primary right fielder and told the media that he knows he has potential to hit even better and harder, and we believe him. A .385 average in his past seven games pairs well with a .284 mark over his last 30.
2. Didi Gregorius
Sir Didi is finally rediscovering himself just in time for the second half of the year when the Yankees will need him most. Gregorius went through a world of struggles in May, and his power numbers are down across the board, but he's certainly starting to come around in July. In fact, in his last 30 games, he's now hitting .303 with 4 homers and 12 RBI.
1. Carlos Correa
Correa is still on the disabled list after a back injury landed him there on June 26, but we're anticipating a show-stopping second half. Correa must take formal batting practice before starting his rehab assignments, but he's already anxious to return. Before his injury, Correa had 72 hits, 13 home runs and 49 RBI with a .268 batting average. The Astros and their fans await his powerful return, which re-completes an already-fearsome lineup.