Corbin Carroll and Zac Gallen earn spots on All-MLB First Team

The 2023 All-MLB Team was announced, and the D-backs had two of their players selected to the First Team. Right-hander Zac Gallen and outfielder Corbin Carroll received the honors. First established in 2019, the All-MLB honors recognize the standout players across all positions in the Major League Baseball from the past season with First and Second Team selections, with half the selection process being based on fan voting and the other half on the judgment of a panel of media members, former players, broadcasters, and other officials in the game, considering only the regular season performance. The D-backs had six players nominated for consideration, including first baseman Christian Walker, second baseman Ketel Marte, right-hander Merrill Kelly, and closer Paul Sewald in addition to Gallen and Carroll.

For the D-backs, it was no surprise that Gallen and Carroll were selected, given their stellar performance throughout the season. Gallen, who finished third in NL Cy Young voting, had an impressive record of 17-9 and a 3.47 ERA in the 2023 season, reaching career-high stats in innings (210), strikeouts (220), and starts (34). He was particularly effective with runners in scoring position, leading the Majors with an opponents’ batting average in those situations of .081. He was also chosen for his first All-Star Game, where he started for the NL after posting an impressive record in the first half of the season, going 11-3 with a 3.04 ERA in 19 games. Meanwhile, Carroll had an equally remarkable season, becoming the first D-backs player to win the award for the National League Rookie of the Year. As a result of his success, Arizona was given an extra selection in the 2024 MLB Draft, with a pick of the 31st overall. In addition, Carroll made MLB history as the first rookie to hit 25 or more homers and steal 50 or more bases. The 23-year-old outfielder finished the regular season with a slash line of .285/.362/.506 and a 134 OPS+ and was able to impress his manager Torey Lovullo.

“I don’t know how he’s doing it, but I’ve got a front-row seat to it and I’m going to enjoy this ride,” commented Lovullo, “Maybe he’s spoiled me to the level where I come to expect it and it’s more natural. I think he’s so mentally strong that he doesn’t allow himself to get outside of what he wants to do. He was nicknamed ‘The Machine’ by our farm director, Josh Barfield. I think that should tell you where his mindset is every single day. It is awesome to watch his process.”

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