The MLB All-Star Game has come and gone after the league's best descended upon Seattle for a couple of days. The festivities featured five Dodgers: Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman, Will Smith, J.D. Martinez, and, even though he didn’t play due to injury, Clayton Kershaw. None of these players were really a surprise to be selected, as they have all been top performers at their positions for multiple seasons.
They have rightfully gotten the attention they deserve during the All-Star Game and voting process, but they're certainly not the only players helping the Dodgers contend in a tough NL West division this year.
Who else deserves some props for helping the Dodgers maintain a top-three offense? Who's been responsible for playing a role in keeping the pitching staff afloat?
These non-All-Stars have come up big for the Dodgers in 2023
Jason Heyward deserves to have some love shown to him for the way he has performed this season. Following his release from the Chicago Cubs, burdened by underwhelming output and a hefty contract, Heyward's future in the major leagues seemed uncertain.
However, thanks to the support of the Dodgers and the invaluable camaraderie shared with his close friend Freddie Freeman, Heyward has made an impressive comeback. His current slugging percentage is .463, which, if he stays on pace, will be his highest mark since 2012 (when he was with the Atlanta Braves). His walk rate is also the best it's been since 2020 (11.4%), which is one reason for him having the fourth-best on-base percentage on the team at .348. For a player who was signed to just a $720,000 contract, Heyward has, so far, exceeded expectations.