10 under-the-radar 'All-Stars'
July, 8, 2013
By Buster Olney | ESPN Insider
Jim Rogash/Getty ImagesErvin Santana is proving that he can still be an effective and durable starter.ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The argument this past weekend has been about whether Josh Donaldson should have been part of the American League All-Stars, and whether Jay Bruce -- who might finish the year with 50 doubles, 30 homers and more than 100 RBI -- should’ve been picked for the National League team.
But beyond those guys are a whole bunch of players who were not really considered for the All-Star team -- and that’s OK -- but are playing effectively this year. Ten performers flying under deep cover beneath the radar in 2013, among others:
1. Ervin Santana, Royals
There were some evaluators who believed that Santana’s best seasons were behind him and there was nothing but regression ahead. But not only has Santana pitched effectively, he has soaked up innings and been as steady as a plow horse for Ned Yost. Santana has not failed to pitch at least six innings in each of his 17 starts.