Robert Suarez, Luis Arraez and Jackson Merrill named NL All-Stars

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We learned which Padres were voted into the All-Star Game by the fans this week but today was the day for the rest of the squad (pitchers/reserves) to be announced on ESPN.

Robert Suarez and Jackson Merrill will be going to their first All-Star Game. According to AJ Cassavell, Merrill is the youngest All-Star in Padres history and the first rookie. Suarez has been the ultimate team player out of the bullpen, posting a 1.77 ERA in 35.2 IP (it would be lower had he not struggled on Friday). He has seven appearances of more than three outs.

Merrill switched positions to center field and has been one of the bright spots for the Friars so far in 2024. All he seems to care about is winning baseball games but he did take home a “dope” honor recently—the June NL Rookie of the Month award.

Entering Sunday Merrill owned an OPS+ 19% above league-average with 12 home runs, 46 RBI and 40 runs scored. He started the year down in the bottom third of the order but has since moved to the middle third and even the top third of the lineup earlier in the year in Los Angeles and the other day when Jake Cronenworth had the day off.

The Padres acquired Arraez to be a contact bat at the top of the order and boy has he been that. Since being traded from Miami, he’s hitting .324 with a .740 OPS. It’s possible for him to win his third batting title in 2024—all of them with different teams.

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Title: Robert Suarez, Luis Arraez and Jackson Merrill named NL All-Stars
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