Three Phillies players are among the finalists for the 2020 All-MLB team, which will be revealed on MLB Network Wednesday night.
This is the second year baseball has named an All-MLB team. The selection process, which began last month, is tabulated with 50 percent of the vote coming from fan online balloting, which closed in mid-November, and 50 percent from an expert panel.
J.T. Realmuto is among three finalists at catcher, along with Atlanta’s Travis d’Arnaud and Salvador Perez of the Royals. While Realmuto is a stronger defensive catcher than the other two, his slash numbers (.266/.349/.491) all rank last among the three nominees.
Bryce Harper is one of the nine finalists for the three outfield spots. Harper ranks fifth among the nominees in OPS (.962), first in walks (49) and second in on-base percentage (.420).
Five starting pitchers will be selected to the All-MLB team, and Aaron Nola is one of a dozen finalists. Nola finished seventh in NL Cy Young Award voting; only Clayton Kershaw finished lower in his respective league among the finalists. Nola finished third in the NL in strikeouts (96) and ninth in MLB in bWAR among pitchers (2.2).
The All-MLB Team will feature a first and second team. Each team will have one player at catcher, first base, second base, shortstop and third base, as well as three outfielders, five starting pitchers, two relievers and a designated hitter.