Phillies: 3 players who could make the All-Star team

MIAMI, FL - MAY 2: Aaron Nola #27 of the Philadelphia Phillies is congratulated by teammates after leaving the game in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on May 2, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MAY 2: Aaron Nola #27 of the Philadelphia Phillies is congratulated by teammates after leaving the game in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on May 2, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images) /
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – APRIL 05: Starting pitcher Jake Arrieta #49 of the Philadelphia Phillies delivers a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second inning at Citizens Bank Park on April 25, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images) /

Jake Arrieta

The Phillies prized free agent ace Jake Arrieta has been everything fans have hoped for this season. Reinventing himself slightly after his Cy Young season in Chicago, Arrieta is 3-1 with a terrific 2.59 ERA in seven starts.

While the statistics aren’t mindblowing with 27 strikeouts and 14 walks in 41.1 innings, Arrieta has been consistent with a .432 home runs per nine innings, fourth best among National League pitchers.

Name recognition and effectiveness will push Arrieta into the All-Star conversation when players and coaches get their votes in. Six strong weeks could make up for Arrieta missing the first week of the season, and potentially have him appearing as a reliever during the All-Star game.

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Players to watch: Carlos Santana, Edubray Ramos, Cesar Hernandez, Maikel Franco, Rhys Hoskins

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