2. Craig Kimbrel
At first glance, you might think it's crazy to suggest Philadelphia Phillies reliever Craig Kimbrel should be heading to Seattle for his ninth All-Star appearance. His 3.60 ERA doesn't really jump off the page; and if you do not follow the Phils closely, it would be easy to overlook the veteran right hander.
However if you have been paying attention this season, you would know that Kimbrel has been otherworldly since the beginning of May; and very well might be the best reliever in the sport since then.
Since May 9th, Craig Kimbrel has appeared in 23 games in red pinstripes and has pitched to a 1.17 ERA in that time. He has struck out 39 hitters while only walking five in 23 innings of work; and opponents have hit .115 with an OPS of .393 (!!!). The Phillies are 19-4 in those games. Basically, Kimbrel has been absolutely disgusting.
Signed to a one-year, $10 million dollar contract this past offseason, Kimbrel has been worth every penny in Philadelphia, and likely is pitching himself into one last multi year contract as he enters the twilight of his career. He has locked down the closer role for the Phils, and has allowed Rob Thomson to have bullpen flexibility, where he can unleash Jose Alvarado and Gregory Soto in high leverage situations.