5 National Leaguers Who Are More Deserving All-Stars Than Bryce Harper

Tim Stoeckle@@TimStoeckleContributor IIIJuly 8, 2012

5 National Leaguers Who Are More Deserving All-Stars Than Bryce Harper

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    Nineteen-year-old Nationals phenom Bryce Harper was announced as the replacement for injured Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton  in the 2012 MLB All-Star Game in Kansas City.

    The teenager has become the most talked about player in baseball and is now the youngest position player to ever make the All-Star team.

    Harper is having a good year, hitting .283 with eight home runs and 25 RBI in 244 at-bats.

    But, is Harper the most deserving player to replace Stanton?  That's a clown question, bro. 

    The addition of Harper to the All-Star team seems to be more of a publicity stunt than anything else.  America will be tuned in to see Harper, along with 20-year-old American League outfielder Mike Trout, face off in their first All-Star Game.  

    The kid has a bright future ahead of him, filled with many All-Star appearances and awards, but there are at least five guys who deserved this spot more than Harper.  

Martin Prado

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    The Atlanta Braves left fielder ranks seventh in the National League in average at .322 and 12th in on-base percentage at .382.  

    Prado may not be the sexiest pick to play in the All-Star game due to his lack of power (five home runs this year), but he is in the top 10 in the NL in doubles and has also stolen 11 bases, so he's a threat to get into scoring position every time he steps up to bat.  

Aaron Hill

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    Aaron Hill was a final-vote candidate along with Harper, but after both guys got beaten out by David Freese, Hill wasn't lucky enough to receive a call to join the team as a replacement.

    Hill has put up good enough numbers to be starting at second base for the National League team.  He's hitting .304 (tied with Jose Altuve for best among NL second basemen) with 11 home runs (tied with Dan Uggla for best among NL second basemen) and 40 RBI, and his .358 on-base percentage is by far the best at his position.

    No, Hill is not an outfielder, but even without Harper the NL team has six outfielders on the bench.

    Adding Hill would have made it three second basemen on the roster, but the team does have four third basemen, so that should not have been a factor.

Paul Goldschmidt

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    Arizona's young first baseman is quietly having a great year in the desert.

    Goldschmidt is hitting .298, but it's his .902 OPS that really stands out.  He has only four more at-bats than Harper, but three more home runs and 12 more RBI.  He's also stolen the same number of bases as Harper, which is impressive for a first baseman.

    The National League team only has one first baseman on the bench (Bryan LaHair) so adding Goldschmidt would have made sense from a managerial standpoint as well.

Jason Kubel

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    The Diamondbacks are full of snubs.

    Jason Kubel has been a great offseason acquisition for Arizona and has provided some great run support for the D'Backs pitching.  

    Kubel has 14 home runs and is tied for third in the National League with 59 RBI.  Not only does he have power, but he's hitting .291 and has an on-base percentage of .364.

Dexter Fowler

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    Dexter Fowler has only three more at-bats than Bryce Harper, and has more impressive numbers, so why didn't he make the team?  Oh yea, nobody knows who he is.

    Fowler has been terrific in center field for the Rockies, hitting .296 with 11 home runs and 36 RBI.  He ranks eleventh in the National League in on-base percentage at .384.

    Fowler is also very solid in the field, with only three errors compared to Harper's five.