The MLB All-Star Game managed to captivate all kinds of audiences even though some of the game’s brightest stars, such as Jacob deGrom, Jose Altuve, Yu Darvish, and Mookie Betts, among others, decided not to play.
The ones who participated made it an evening to remember.
Several players stood out thanks to their performance.
However, the following two young players were the best performers of the night, considering the limited appearances and innings available for everybody.
2. Freddy Peralta, Milwaukee Brewers
It was just an inning of work, but it was extremely impressive.
In an MLB All-Star Game, managers often rotate heavily to involve most or all players, so everybody can at least have an at-bat or an inning of work.
In short, players only have one or two shots at making a positive impression.
It’s safe to say that Milwaukee Brewers starter Freddy Peralta took advantage of his opportunity.
Peralta pitched one inning: three outs.
And the three outs were via the strikeout.
The Brewers’ right-hander is just 25 years old, but he pitched like a veteran and was one of the young All-Stars who showed off on Tuesday.
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We shouldn’t consider Peralta’s performance in the All-Star Game all that surprising, since he has been dominating hitters all year long.
In those 98 frames, Peralta has whiffed 135 hitters and has a 0.90 WHIP.
In an evening that had all the talent in the world, he managed to stand out.
1. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Toronto Blue Jays
Toronto Blue Jays star Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was the top performer in Tuesday’s All-Star Game.
He won the All-Star Game MVP award, and deservedly so.
He went to the batter’s box three times, and managed to drive in two runs and score one.
The 22-year-old slugger hit a 468-foot home run off Brewers star Burnes and put the game at 2-0 in the third inning.
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In the fifth, he had another RBI on a groundout.
His night was done after he went 1-for-3 with the run and the two RBI.
The home run was a majestic blast, and the crowd surely enjoyed it.
Throughout the whole season, Guerrero has been just that: a crowd entertainer, with his style, swagger, and above all, his obvious talent to play baseball.
He is currently leading the American League in batting average with .332, and RBI with 73, and is second in home runs (28) and hits (105).
Only time will tell if he can overtake Shohei Ohtani in the home run department and keep his leads in the other categories so he can win the Triple Crown.
MLB fans surely enjoyed watching Guerrero go to bat three times on Tuesday and make the best of those appearances.