Washington Nationals' Tyler Clippard Named As A 2011 NL All-Star Reserve.

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 17: Prince Fielder #28 of the Milwaukee Brewers (R) walks off the field as Ivan Rodriguez #7 of the Washington Nationals celebrates with pitcher Tyler Clippard #36 after defeating the Brewers 8-4 during the first game of a doubleheader at Nationals Park on April 17, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

MLB announced the rosters for the 2011 All-Star Game in Chase Field in Arizona this afternoon. The only Washington Nationals' player named to the roster, by the NL staff, not by fan vote, was right-handed reliever Tyler Clippard. The 26-year-old right-hander is (1-0) with a 1.96 ERA, 3.42 FIP, 15 walks (2.93 BB/9) and 57 K's (11.15 K/9) in 37 games and 46.0 IP. The selection is, of course, Tyler Clippard's first. Clippard's got the second-highest K total among relievers in the National League, a .160 BAA (7th lowest), and a .196 BABIP (5th lowest). Clippard was the only National named to the NL roster though some (including yours truly) had guessed that Drew Storen, Michael Morse or Danny Espinosa had an outside shot of making it. With the rules dictating that each team have one representative on the NL roster, it's hard to argue with Clippard's selection. 

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