Rays’ Blake Snell replaces Corey Kluber on All-Star roster

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Jun 19, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) reacts after a play during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

One of the biggest All-Star snubs in recent seasons will finally be corrected. Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell is headed to Washington D.C. to play in the All-Star Game.

The 25-year-old southpaw will take the place of Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber, who will now miss the 2018 All-Star Game.

Snell has stepped up as Tampa Bay’s ace this season and became one of the best pitchers in the American League. In 20 starts, he’s recorded a 2.27 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and struck out 134 batters in 119 innings.

This will be Snell’s first All-Star appearance, a significant accomplishment given he was pitching in Triple-A Durham last July.