Max Kepler – OF
Sticking with the theme of outfielders that have outplayed Betts, Twins leadoff hitter Max Kepler also belongs on this list. Kepler came into this seasons with plenty of questions after a disappointing 2018 season that saw him hit just .224. While many saw a steep decline, the Twins saw his low BABIP (.236) and decided to bank on his potential with a contract extension before spring training.
Much like his counterpart Polanco, who will start the All-Star Game via fan voting, Kepler has proven the faith the Twins put in him to be warranted with a career season. Kepler is also outhitting Betts across the board with a .269 average, 21 HR and 53 RBI.
Sometimes with voting like this, a player’s reputation takes precedence over their actual stats this season. With Betts and the Red Sox struggling, it’s fair to wonder why neither Kepler or Rosario got the nod to head to Cleveland.