The Cleveland Indians will be sending two first-timers to the 2016 MLB All-Star game next week in San Diego: shortstop Francisco Lindor and starting pitcher Danny Salazar. Lindor was chosen as a reserve by American League manager Ned Yost, while Salazar was selected by a player vote.
Neither should be that much of a surprise, as they each are some of the best at their respective positions.
Francisco Lindor is third among American League shortstops in FanGraphs WAR behind Xander Bogaerts and Manny Machado (who was voted as the starting third baseman). No shortstop can hold a candle to Lindor defensively -- he leads with a 9.9 UZR, a 23.3 UZR/150, and he has saved nine runs on defense.
Danny Salazar has had his fair share of issues with walks, but he leads the American League in ERA (2.36), and he his third in strikeouts per nine innings (10.27) behind only Michael Pineda and Chris Archer. It is unlikely that Salazar will be actually pitching, however, as he is scheduled to start for the Indians this upcoming Saturday, three days before the All-Star game.
The full All-Star rosters can be found on MLB.com.