The Kansas City Royals will have at least one player representing them at this year's MLB All-Star Game. Whit Merrifield was selected as a reserve at second base behind DJ LeMahieu of the New York Yankees. Merrifield joins the team after being selected in a process that was determined by both a player’s vote and input from the MLB Commissioner’s office. He's hit for a .301 average this year, adding 11 home runs and 11 steals, he is currently second in the majors in hits behind LeMahieu after leading the leauge in hits last year. Joining LeMahieu and Merrifield at the second base position will be Tomma La Stella of the Los Angeles Angels. This is Merrifield's first All Star Game selection.
Royals third baseman Hunter Dozier was not named to this year's roster despite a breakout season, being passed over in the same process that named Merrifield to the team and also losing the online vote to Houston's Alex Bregman.
The All-Star game will take place on July 9 at Progressive Field in Cleveland.