Whit Merrifield named to first All Star roster

Jul, 7, 2018; Kansas CIty, Missouri, USA; during a game between the Kansas City Royals and Boston Red Sox at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City ©Kelly Ross KWCH12

KANSAS CITY, MO. -- Whit Merrifield was selected to his first-ever All Star game Sunday night, and will play as an outfielder on the American League team.

Merrifield is hitting .301, good for eighth in the Majors to go with a league-leading 106 hits and 173 total bases. Merrifield was announced as a reserve outfielder and is the only representative from the Royals.

In three-plus seasons in the Majors, Merrifield has hit .295 and is on pace to lead the league in hits for the second consecutive year.

The All-Star Game can be seen on Fox at 7:30 p.m. on July 9.