Four Cincinnati Reds heard their names called on the initial National League all-star roster. Pitchers Johnny Cueto and Aroldis Chapman, catcher Devin Mesoraco and third baseman Todd Frazier will be heading to Target Field in Minneapolis for the midsummer classic, which takes place on July 15.
Cueto will be making his first all-star appearance in his seventh year in the league. The 28-year-old was a lock selection, as he is currently second in the Major Leagues with a 1.99 ERA.
Chapman has made the NL roster for the third year in a row. The "Cuban Missile" has turned in 17 saves and struck out 47 batters in just 24 2/3 innings pitched. Chapman’s fine season is especially impressive considering that he missed the beginning while recovering from a broken facial bone suffered after taking a line drive to the face in spring training.
Mesoraco has been a pleasant surprise for Reds fans this season, after hitting just .238 a year ago. Not only is the 26-year-old hitting .307 but he is doing so with some pop in his bat, belting 15 homers, 41 RBI and slugging an impressive .631.
Joining Mesoraco and Cueto as a first-time all-star is third baseman Todd Frazier. The four-year veteran has knocked home 47 RBI and 17 homers; He also leads the NL in putouts by a third baseman.
Among the Reds left off the roster were first baseman Joey Votto, second baseman Brandon Phillips and pitcher Alfredo Simon. Simon’s 11 wins are tied for tops in the NL.
Pittsburgh Pirates all-stars: Andrew McCutchen (4th appearance), Josh Harrison (1st), Tony Watson (1st)
Cleveland Indians all-stars: Michael Brantley (1st)
Click on the link to the left for the full NL and AL rosters. To vote Indians pitcher Corey Kluber into the all-star game, click the second link.