7 players, 30 or older, that could be in line to be named All-Stars for the first time

Hyun-Jin Ryu currently has the lowest ERA in the majors. [Image Source: Flickr | Keith Allison]
Hyun-Jin Ryu currently has the lowest ERA in the majors. [Image Source: Flickr | Keith Allison]

Kirby Yates is among the players who could make their first All-Star team in their 30's.

MLB

Sometimes players are late bloomers. Others may reach their prime later than most.

Here are seven current major league players whose play has given them a chance to be named an All-Star for the first time for anyone over 30.

1

Kirby Yates - Padres (RP), Age: 32

After four nondescript seasons from 2014-17, Yates began to take form, as a reliable reliever, in 2018. This year, he leads the majors with 23 saves while sporting an ERA of 0.96, a WHIP of 0.86, and has totaled 48 strikeouts in just 28 innings. According to CBS Sports, he hasn't given up a run since May 4.

2

Mike Minor - Rangers (SP), Age: 31

Entering 2019, Minor hadn't had an ERA under four as a starter since 2013 (had a 2.55 ERA in relief with the Royals in 2017). Through his first 14 starts of 2019, his ERA is 2.52 (fifth in the AL), and he has allowed just two or less earned runs in 10 of his outings.

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