The All-Star Game has passed, and thoughts have turned to the seasons second half.
Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Matt Moore, a first-time All-Star, was stellar in his appearance in the fifth inning Tuesday at Citi Field when he retired three National League batters in nine pitches. Meanwhile, Rays infielderoutfielder Ben Zobrist was named to his second All-Star Game as a reserve but did not play.
Each year presents a chance to see who will rise to be included among the leagues best. Moores success has been a welcomed development for the Rays, and he is an example of someone who can ride a hot first half to receive his first all-star nod.
Who can follow?
Below are five Rays players, all without an All-Star appearance on their resume, who could be considered for future nods.
Shortstop Yunel Escobar
Manager Joe Maddon stumped hard for Escobar in the weeks before the All-Star Game. It is easy to see why: Escobar has played Gold Glove-caliber defense of late, each night seemingly incl...