5 San Francisco Giants who deserve a spot on the 2015 All-Star team

By Kit Duggan
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May 2, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Santiago Casilla (46) throws in the ninth inning of their MLB baseball game with the Los Angeles Angels at AT&T Park. The Giants won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports.

Santiago Casilla

Casilla has efficiently closed the door on opponents this season and should be a strong candidate for selection if he keeps up his current pace (15 saves, 1.66 ERA).

His biggest competition for total saves leading up to the game is the Washington National’s Drew Storen. Storen is having himself an impressive run, currently boasting a 0.84 ERA with 16 saves under his belt, but Casilla isn’t far behind and should get more opportunities than his counterpart between now and July.

Battle for bragging rights aside, the NL is loaded with worthy closers, so Casilla will also have to outperform or keep pace with the likes of Jeurys Familia (Mets), Jonathon Papelbon (Phillies), Trevor Rosenthal (Cardinals) and hometown favorite Aroldis Chapman.

Major League Baseball will release another updated list of All-Star votes early next week. By then, we’ll get a better sense of how Cardinals fans are stuffing the ballot box. We’ll also find out whether Crawford has a legitimate chance to challenge some of the bigger names at shortstop.

As the Giants continue to heat up as we approach summer, fans in San Francisco should become more engaged in the voting process. Only time will tell as to whether the team will be represented to the fullest in Cincinnati.