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- Predicting MLB All-Star Game Starters - June 4, 2019
- Grading The 2014 NBA Draft Pick by Pick- 5 Years Later - May 16, 2019
- MLB Teams Ready to Surprise - March 6, 2019
The MLB All-Star game is still over a month away, but you are able to vote here. The MLB changed the way the voting is going down this year. In 2019, fans will select players as normal, and the top three players at each position will then be voted on to start. I like this process, and will try to predict the starters at each position for the summer classic next month
Catcher – Gary Sanchez (NYY), Wilson Contreras (CHC)
Gary Sanchez has been exactly the catcher that everyone thought he would be a few years ago when he came up as a top prospect in the Yankees’ organization. He has an OPS that is almost over 1.000, and he has one of the strongest arms at the backstop position, Wilson Contreras has hit very well for the Cubs, hitting .291 and knocking 13 balls over the fence. Neither play has much competition in my mind.
1st Base – Carlos Santana (CLE), Josh Bell (PIT)
Carlos Santana has been one of the only consistent hitters in the Cleveland lineup, and that still hasn’t been enough to keep them within 10 games of the Minnesota Twins. However, the AL first basemen does not have a lot of competition this year. However, the NL side has a lot of deserving candidates, but none more so than Josh Bell. Josh Bell is having a huge breakout season, but struggles in the name recognition part of the draft. If Anthony Rizzo or Freddie Freeman start over Bell it will be because of market size and popularity.
2nd Base – Tommy La Stella (LAA), Mike Moustakas (MIL)
It is crazy to think that Tommy La Stella may be the best Angels’ hitter this year, but that is how it has shaped up through the first two months of the season. The second basemen is enjoying a breakout year in which has has an OPS of .880, and already hit 12 homers. The NL 2nd base class is easily the worst group of players overall, as only 3 players have an OPS over .800. Moustakas has the most name recognition, and is one of two NL second basemen with double digit homers.
3rd Base – Alex Bregman (HOU), Nolan Arenado (COL)
Alex Bregman may have the prettiest swing in all of base. He has fantastic power, and plays defense at an elite level at the hot corner. Hunter Dozier is having a fantastic season as well, but Bregman plays for a much larger fan base. On the other side, Nolan Arenado is the most underrated super star in the league. Arenado is a top five hitter in the league despite playing half of his games in Coors Field. The third basemen is hitting .345 and has 14 long balls. The crazy thing is the NL has at least five deserving candidates who you could make an argument for.
Shortstop – Jorge Polanco (MIN), Javier Baez (CHC)
The Minnesota Twins are enjoying a breakout season, and a big reason why is their 25-year old shortstop. Polanco has an OPS of nearly 1.000, and is playing the best defense of his career. He is also a top five hitter in batting average in the AL. On the National League side there are a few candidates, but the energy that Javier Baez plays every single game with makes him an ideal candidate for an All-Star game.
Outfield – Joey Gallo (TEX), Mike Trout (LAA), George Springer (HOU), Cody Bellinger (LAD), Christian Yelich (MIA), Joc Pederson (LAD)
This outfield features a ton of pop from every single position. Joey Gallo is fantastic for an All-Star game as he has potential to go yard every single time he steps up to the plate. He has also become more patient at the plate. Mike Trout is the best player in the league. He will start in this game for the next 8 years. George Springer is another underrated superstar, and a huge reason for the success down in Houston. The outfielder plays center field well, and has an OPS over 1.000.
Cody Bellinger is having a fantastic year, and may have a shot at giving Mike Trout a run for his money as the league MVP. The young outfielder is hitting .376 two months into the season. That is insane. Christian Yelich got off to a blazing start, but hasn’t wavered a lot. Joc Pederson would join his teammate in the outfield. Pederson is only hitting .272, but he boast 18 homer runs on the year.
DH – J.D Martinez (BOS)
This choice is made all on popularity. Hunter Pence is probably a more deserving candidate, but he doesn’t play in Boston, and his team is not nearly as good in Texas. Also, JD is still a hell of a hitter. The DH is posting an OPS of .898, and has hit 12 home runs for the Red Sox.