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Devers, Benintendi Named To 2017 Topps All-Star Rookie Team

Devers Topps Card

Red Sox standouts Rafael Devers and Andrew Benintendi were today named among the 11 MLB players selected to the Topps All-Star Rookie Team.

The left fielder Benintendi, 22, slashed .271/.352/.424 in his first full season with the Red Sox, lacing 20 home runs and driving in 90. The fan favorite made up one third of perhaps the game’s best defensive outfield and possiby the best in team history.

The third baseman Devers came up for the final two months of the season, but had a huge impact, slashing .284/.338/.482, including a memorable game-tying, ninth-inning home run against Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman in an eventual Red Sox win on August 13 in New York. The 20-year-old Devers also had 10 home runs and 30 RBI in 240 plate appearances, filling a major hole at the hot corner for Boston.

“This is one of the most impressive Topps MLB All-Star Rookie Team classes I have seen,” said David Leiner, Vice President and General Manager of Topps North American Sports & Entertainment. “It shows how incredibly popular baseball was this year with its young breakout stars. They join an incredible group of players who have won the Topps Rookie Cup in the past and will have the special logo appear on their Topps trading cards next season.”

For the second year in a row, baseball fans can get special TOPPS NOW® cards of the Topps MLB All-Star Rookie Team immediately with an exclusive set available on Topps.com.

Two other MLB teams had multiple players named to the Topps All-Star Rookie: the New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge and left handed pitcher Jordan Montgomery, and the Milwaukee Brewers with catcher Manny Pina and relief pitcher Josh Hader.

The members of the Topps MLB All-Star Rookie Team will have their 2018 flagship trading cards feature a “Rookie Cup” logo depicting the honor.

Past honorees of the Topps MLB All-Star Rookie Team have included former MVPs such as Buster Posey, Ichiro, Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Cal Ripken Jr. In addition, more than 20 former Topps MLB All-Star Rookie Team members have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame including all three 2017 HOF inductees Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez.

Here’s the full list of the 2017 Topps All-Star Rookie Team:

C – Manny Pina, Brewers
1B – Cody Bellinger, Dodgers
2B – Ian Happ, Cubs
SS – Paul DeJong, Cardinals
3B – Rafael Devers, Red Sox
OF – Aaron Judge, Yankees
OF – Andrew Benintendi, Red Sox
OF – Trey Mancini, Orioles
RHP – German Marquez, Rockies
LHP – Jordan Montgomery, Yankees
RP – Josh Hader, Brewers

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