Cueto, Chapman, Mesoraco and Frazier make All-Star team

The stars will shine with a hint of red in Minneapolis on July 15.

Four Cincinnati Reds will play at Target Field in the 85th rendition of the Midsummer Classic.

Todd Frazier, Devin Mesoraco and Johnny Cueto will be going to their first All-Star Game. Aroldis Chapman will be making his third appearance.

"We've had some challenges early in the year, but we're playing well. We've had some guys that have had excellent seasons," said first-year Reds manager Bryan Price. "It was great for me, personally, but certainly impactful and a great moment for the players involved."

Even though he didn't name names, Price said there are other players on his team that deserve to play in the game. 

One of those guys is likely speedy rookie Billy Hamilton who was left off the 34-player NL roster despite stealing 35 bases, playing exceptional defense and showing unexpected power with five home runs.

Hamilton wasn't included among the 10 players (five in both leagues) named to the "Final Vote" ballot, which gives fans until Thursday night to pick the last person added to the roster in both leagues.

"We've got some guys who haven't been named for the club that I hope will get some consideration if there's room on the roster with injuries or issues with starting pitching," he said.

Frazier, Cueto and Chapman were all voted in by the players. Mesoraco was chosen by National League skipper Mike Matheny.

As of Sunday night none of the players will start, but Cueto has a shot at being named the starter on the mound. The right-hander is second in the NL in ERA and strikeouts, first in innings pitched and opponent batting average, and tied for first with three complete games.

Earlier this season he became the first pitcher since 1900 to throw at least seven innings with five or fewer hits over his first nine starts of the season.

At this point making the All-Star Game is old hat for the Cuban-born southpaw Chapman, who was named to the roster for a third consecutive year. But it’s still quite an achievement given the fact his season was in question after he was struck in the face by a line drive during Spring Training.

Since coming back from his injury, Chapman has produced some of the best results of his five-year big league career, striking out 47 and picking up 17 saves in 24 appearances.

For the other three players, when they take the field next week they'll be realizing lifelong dreams.

"It's going to be exciting," said Frazier who leads all NL third basemen in homers, slugging, stolen bases and extra-base hits this season. "I've talked to a couple of guys who have been there before. They said to soak it all in, it's going to go fast."

Mesoraco is batting .307 this season with 15 home runs and 41 runs batted in 2014 despite two stints on the disabled list.

He ranks second among NL catchers in RBIs, extra-base hits and homers, thanks in part to going deep in five straight games from June 19-24.

While he's a member of the hated Pirates, infielder Josh Harrison is likely to draw a few extra cheers from local fans for his All-Star nomination. Harrison is a Cincinnati native who played his high school ball at Princeton before taking his talents to Clifton to play for the Bearcats.

Harrison (.299, 5 HR, 25 RBI) is the first native Cincinnatian to be named to an All-Star team since Ken Griffey Jr. accomplished the feat in 2007 while playing for his hometown Reds.

NEXT PAGE: A breakdown of both rosters as of Sunday night.

The rosters below were provided by Major League Baseball

2014 AMERICAN LEAGUE ALL-STAR ROSTER

Bold = Fan-Elected Starter                                                        Manager John Farrell, BOS
^ = Player Ballot-Elected                                                             Coach Terry Francona, CLE
* = Choice of Manager/MLB                                                         Coach Ron Gardenhire, MIN
 
PITCHERS (12)
Club
All-Star Selections
BETANCES, Dellin, RH^
Yankees
1st
BUEHRLE, Mark, LH^
Blue Jays
5th
DARVISH, Yu, RH^
Rangers
3rd
DOOLITTLE, Sean, LH^
Athletics
1st
HERNANDEZ, Felix, RH ^
Mariners
5th
HOLLAND, Greg, RH^
Royals
2nd
KAZMIR, Scott, LH^
Athletics
3rd
LESTER, Jon, LH*
Red Sox
3rd
PERKINS, Glen, LH *
Twins
2nd
PRICE, David, LH*
Rays
4th
SCHERZER, Max, RH*
Tigers
2nd
TANAKA, Masahiro, RH^
Yankees
1st
CATCHERS (3 Active)
Club
Selections
Fan Elections
NORRIS, Derek*
Athletics
1st
 
PEREZ, Salvador^
Royals
2nd
 
SUZUKI, Kurt*
Twins
1st
 
WIETERS, Matt (Inactive)
Orioles
3rd
1st
INFIELDERS (10)
Club
Selections
Fan Elections
ABREU, Jose^
White Sox
1st
 
ALTUVE, Jose^
Astros
2nd
 
BELTRE, Adrian^
Rangers
4th
 
CABRERA, Miguel
Tigers
9th
2nd
CANO, Robinson
Mariners
6th
5th
DONALDSON, Josh
Athletics
1st
1st
ENCARNACION, Edwin*
Blue Jays
2nd
 
JETER, Derek
Yankees
14th
9th
MOSS, Brandon*
Athletics
1st
 
RAMIREZ, Alexei^
White Sox
1st
 
OUTFIELDERS (6)
Club
Selections
Fan Elections
BAUTISTA, Jose
Blue Jays
5th
4th
BRANTLEY, Michael^
Indians
1st
 
CESPEDES, Yoenis^
Athletics
1st
 
GORDON, Alex^
Royals
2nd
 
JONES, Adam
Orioles
4th
2nd
TROUT, Mike
Angels
3rd
2nd
DESIGNATED HITTERS (2)
Club
Selections
Fan Elections
CRUZ, Nelson
Orioles
3rd
1st
Martinez, Victor^
Tigers
5th
 
 
A.L. Candidates, 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian
  • LHP  Dallas Keuchel, Astros
  • RHP  Corey Kluber, Indians
  • RHP  Garrett Richards, Angels
  • RHP  Rick Porcello, Tigers
  • LHP  Chris Sale, White Sox
 
2014 NATIONAL LEAGUE ALL-STAR ROSTER

Bold = Fan-Elected Starter                                                            Manager Mike Matheny, STL
^ = Player Ballot-Elected                                                                 Coach Fredi Gonzalez, ATL
* = Choice of Manager/MLB                                                             Coach Clint Hurdle, PIT
 
PITCHERS (13 Active)
Club
All-Star Selections
BUMGARNER, Madison, LH^
Giants
2nd
CHAPMAN, Aroldis, LH^
Reds
3rd
CUETO, Johnny, RH^
Reds
1st
GREINKE, Zack, RH*
Dodgers
2nd
KERSHAW, Clayton, LH^
Dodgers
4th
KIMBREL, Craig, RH^
Braves
4th
NESHEK, Pat, RH*
Cardinals
1st
RODRIGUEZ, Francisco, RH^
Brewers
5th
ROSS, Tyson, RH*
Padres
1st
SAMARDZIJA, Jeff, RH^ (Inactive)
Cubs/A’s
1st
TEHERAN, Julio, RH*
Braves
1st
WAINWRIGHT, Adam, RH^
Cardinals
3rd
WATSON, Tony, LH*
Pirates
1st
ZIMMERMANN, Jordan, RH^
Nationals
1st
CATCHERS (3)
Club
Selections
Fan Elections
LUCROY, Jonathan^
Brewers
1st
 
MESORACO, Devin*
Reds
1st
 
MOLINA, Yadier
Cardinals
6th
4th
INFIELDERS (10)
Club
Selections
Fan Elections
CARPENTER, Matt *
Cardinals
2nd
 
CASTRO, Starlin^
Cubs
3rd
 
FRAZIER, Todd^
Reds
1st
 
FREEMAN, Freddie^
Braves
2nd
 
GOLDSCHMIDT, Paul
D-backs
2nd
1st
GORDON, Dee^
Dodgers
1st
 
MURPHY, Daniel*
Mets
1st
 
RAMIREZ, Aramis
Brewers
3rd
1st
TULOWITZKI, Troy
Rockies
4th
2nd
UTLEY, Chase
Phillies
6th
6th
OUTFIELDERS (7)
Club
Selections
Fan Elections
BLACKMON, Charlie^
Rockies
1st
 
GOMEZ, Carlos
Brewers
2nd
1st
HARRISON, Josh*
Pirates
1st
 
McCUTCHENAndrew
Pirates
4th
1st
PENCE, Hunter^
Giants
3rd
 
PUIG, Yasiel
Dodgers
1st
1st
STANTON, Giancarlo^
Marlins
2nd
 
 
N.L. Candidates, 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian
  • 3B  Casey McGehee, Marlins
  • 1B  Justin Morneau, Rockies
  • 3b  Anthony Rendon, Nationals
  • 1B  Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
  • OF Justin Upton, Braves
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