After a slowish start to the 2023 campaign, the SF Giants have turned it around in a big way in recent times, and now find themselves locked in a battle with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West, and with the All-Star Game fast approaching, this is a team that should be well represented... right?
3 SF Giants who should be All-Stars in 2023
As of right now, it's just the National League starters that have been announced, with reserves and pitchers still to come, and despite some solid fan voting for several Giants players, none of them were elected to be starters this season.
With many spots left to fill and so many Giants performing well throughout their 82 games thus far, there's bound to be several taking the stage in Seattle, and the following are three players we believe should end up as All-Stars.
1. Thairo Estrada
Thairo Estrada joined a crowded infield group in 2021 consisting of Wilmer Flores, Mauricio Dubon and Tommy La Stella, but after flashing potential last season with a .260 average alongside 14 home runs and 62 RBI, it became clear that he was a big part of this teams future.
He's only improved in 2023 in just about every way, playing stellar defense as an everyday second baseman, and with an improved .273 average, 9 home runs and 30 RBI, he's definitely playing an under-the-radar campaign with All-Star potential.
Unfortunately, the NL is stacked at second base, with Luis Arraez and Ozzie Albies leading the way, but if injuries or unavailability strikes, he should certainly find himself as an All-Star, and at 27 years of age, he's still got plenty of growing to do as a member of the Giants.
2. Camilo Doval
The SF Giants have known they have a star in their closer role for the past few years, and surprisingly, year after year for the first three years of his career, 25-year-old Camilo Doval has continued to improve, as he currently leads all of baseball with 24 saves.
Those 24 saves have come in 26 opportunities, with Doval throwing 38 innings and an impressive 1.89 ERA alongside 53 strikeouts, and with velocity, incredible movement and a flair all his own, Doval is the very definition of an All-Star in 2023.
There's plenty of great relievers in the National League, but few are as exciting to watch as Doval, and when the full rosters are announced for the All-Star game, the Giants rising star, who could be on track to be the best closer in franchise history, should be on that list.
3. J.D. Davis
The SF Giants have made some very solid trades under Farhan Zaidi, but perhaps the best of all was trading Darin Ruf to the New York Mets in 2022, and while it seemed underwhelming at the time, the Giants may have got a star at the hot corner for years to come.
To finish 2022, J.D. Davis flashed plenty of potential, and with so many people counting the Giants out this season, he has stepped up in a big way, playing in 76 of the Giants 82 games, tallying a .282 average with 10 home runs and 44 RBI's, along with some great defensive play at third.
There's some tough competition at the hot corner, with Nolan Arenado, Austin Riley and Manny Machado just to name a few, but if the name value doesn't matter (which, unfortunately, it does in fan voting), Davis 100% deserves to get his first All-Star nod at age 30.
While there are plenty of deserving candidates, an All-Star nod would mean a lot to Davis. For years, he flashed a quality bat, but was unable to crack the lineup in an everyday role. That has changed in 2023 as he has shown nice improvement at third base.