No two ways around it: the Philadelphia Phillies have been a largely underwhelming team in 2021. It’s not that they don’t have talent, or that they haven’t shown flashes of brilliance, or even had players break half-century-old records. But on the whole, most of their superstars have underperformed, they’ve had some unfortunate injuries, and some of their top prospects have struggled at the major-league level.
Nevertheless, the Phillies will have Zack Wheeler and J.T. Realmuto representing them in the 2021 All-Star Game.
While this is the first time the Phillies have had multiple All-Stars since 2013, there are a few players on the team who might have deserved a reserve nod this year, given their comparable stats to players around the league who did.
Now, to be clear, these Phillies might not exactly be having All-Star-caliber seasons (they’d be reserves, not starters), but the point here is that they might be closer to the caliber than other players who actually made the reserve list, or at least on par.
Let’s take a look at some of those Phillies….