3 Minnesota Twins who can still be named to MLB All-Star Game

  • All-Star starters were announced on Thursday
  • Zero Twins players were voted in
  • MLB will announce All-Star pitchers and reserves on Sunday
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Jhoan Duran, RP

As a sign of protest -- and disgust -- the All-Star selection committee should boycott the Twins bullpen. There's hardly anything to like about the unit on the surface, as things seem to be just as rocky as they were last season. Things aren't quite as bad as they seem, as a few rotten apples are spoiling the batch, but the Twins should spend more time thinking about ways to improve the bullpen ahead of the trade deadline than celebrating it in Seattle.

That being said, the lone standout this season continues to be Jhoan Duran. The Twins flamethrowing reliever hasn't been perfect this year, but he offers a few things that should put him in consideration for an All-Star spot.

He's just a ton of fun. A guy who consistently throws over 100 mph deserves the national spotlight, and fans across baseball need to know what Twins fans experience when he steps onto the mound. It's sort of like the argument that Hall of Fame decisions should be made based on the narrative of the game rather than being purely statistical.

If we're talking stats, though, Duran delivers on the goods.

He has a 1.45 ERA in 31 innings and a 1.7 WPA, plus a 2.04 aIL which goes to show how well he's been able to handle high-leverage situations. That is exactly what you're looking for out of a reliever and has helped make an otherwise suspect unit in Minnesota a little better. There are many things that can be adjusted in the Twins bullpen, but the one thing that doesn't need to be touched it Duran.