Frederick Deshaun Lewis. LF - SF Giants. 2008 All-Star.
There, I said it. And it's not as far-fetched as it might sound.
Since going 2-for-16 in 9 games to open the season (just 3 starts) Lewis has really turned it on. Beginning April 10 he's turned in this line:
26-for-68, 8 doubles, 2 triples, 2 HR, 8 BB, .382/.447/.647/1.094
Those 17 games encompass 16 starts, just 3 hitless games and only one without reaching base. It seems he reaching a level of productivity and consistency some people believed he had the potential for.
While pre-season sensibilities would have said the Gaints would claim only one All-Star spot this year and it would almost certainly go to a starting pitcher, left field in the NL this year has so far been a largely unproductive position.
By all rights the NL starter should be the Phillies Pat Burrell, both for dominating most statistical categories for the league this year as well as his contributions last season. But then there's a pretty obvious drop-off to Josh Willingham (6 HR, .637 SLG, .406 OBP to Lewis's 2, .548, .411) and Matt Holliday is still in the mix statistically and has some good exposure from the Rockies playoff run last year.
No other NL LF has an OPS over .865 so it's essentially a 3 horse race at this point to fill the slot as a backup to Burrell.
Just sayin'. Could happen. But even if it doesn't happen this year, Lewis should have more than a few chances to play in the mid-summer classic in coming years now that he's starting to prove he's not just a worth major league player but a definite star in the making.