Early All-Star Lineups For The American League

by Jake Archer | Posted on Wednesday, May 31st, 2017
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The first results for MLB All Star balloting were just announced today and after taking a look at them, they don’t look as awful as the past two years were. There are a few holes though so I wanted to correct those and put out my thought on what the balloting should look like at this point, over a month away from the actual game. This is kind of a long blog so I’ll split it into American League and National League, with the NL coming tomorrow.

Catcher- Salvador Perez (Actual Leader Right Now: Salvador Perez)

So the voters have this one right at this point, which is great. Salvy’s got 11 homers and 29 RBI while batting .263. He’s great behind the dish as well and is a safe bet to start for the AL. He’s trailed in the balloting by Wellington Castillo, Brian McCann, Gary Sanchez and Yan Gomes. Only Yan Gomes has no business being in the running.

1st Base- Yonder Alonso (Actual: Miguel Cabrera)

Here is our first case of the voters being dumb and making it a popularity contest. Cabrera doesn’t deserve to start and he barely deserves to be considered. He’s trailed in the balloting by Alonso, Carlos Santana, Eric Hosmer and Yuli Gurriel. Gurriel is definitely not worthy and Santana and Hosmer are very borderline. Alonso, with a .290 average, 14 homers and 31 RBI is the guy. Besides him, I like Jose Abreu, Logan Morrison and Justin Smoak.

2nd Base- Robinson Cano (Actual: Starlin Castro)

Castro is actually having a nice season, and he’s a New York Yankee so he has a big fan base supporting him. I get why he’s leading the pack. He’s followed by Jose Altuve, Jason Kipnis, Cano and Jonathan Schoop. This is a close call at the top between Cano and Altuve for me though. I’m going with Cano’s power numbers over Altuve’s speed and slight average advantage though. In my mind, the running should be Cano, Altuve, Schoop, Brian Dozier, Castro.

3rd Base- Miguel Sano (Actual: Manny Machado)

Again, I understand why the voting is going the way it is here. Sano is second place to Machado and that’s because I’m not sure Minnesota Twins fans exist. But he’s got a way better average, two more homers and 14 more RBI in less plate appearances. Also, I’m biased against Machado because I am a Boston Red Sox fan. Third base balloting goes Machado, Sano, Jose Ramirez, Josh Donaldson and Chase Headley. It looks like we have Yankee and Toronto Blue Jays fans coming out in full force as they put two guys that aren’t deserving in the Top 5. It’s gotta be Sano, Mike Moustakas, Machado, Ramirez, Evan Longoria right now.

Shortstop- Carlos Correa (Actual: Francisco Lindor)

This hurts me, because I’m a huge Xander Bogaerts guy. But Correa is killing it and deserves the top spot while Lindor deserves to be behind him. Lindor is getting a pretty big league on the field though as the Indians fans seem to be very into voting this year. Right now it’s Lindor, Correa, X, Didi Gregorius (YANKEES FANS!) and Jean Segura. In all honesty though, after Lindor it’s gotta be Elvis Andrus, Segura and then Bogey. Ugh.

Designated Hitter- Corey Dickerson (Actual: Nelson Cruz)

Man this Corey Dickerson kid has come out of nowhere and is mashing the ball. Sadly, Tampa Bay Rays fans don’t pay attention and he’ll never get in on the fan vote because Cruz has a pretty significant lead. He’s in fourth behind Cruz, Edwin Encarnacion and Matt Holliday. He’s ahead of Albert Pujols. For me, I like Dickerson and then Cruz followed by Holliday, Pujols and Kendry Morales.

Outfield- Mookie Betts, Mike Trout, Aaron Judge (Actual: Mookie Betts, Mike Trout, Aaron Judge)

Another spot on job by the voting as these guys deserve the start. Sadly, Trout will probably be out for this game now that he’s hit the DL and he’ll need to be replaced. My replacement for him? Avisail Garcia from the Chicago White Sox. Garcia is currently sixth in the voting behind Michael Brantley and Andrew Benintendi. I’m not going to go through the whole outfield ballot though because it is longggg.

So there you have it! Those are my picks for who should actually be leading the first American League All-Star balloting. I’ll be back tomorrow with the National League.

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Jake Archer
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Jake is a sports blogger with a passion for baseball and the Red Sox. He loves pitcher's duels, ballpark food and listening to games on the radio. He's got some strong opinions on things like pace-of-play, the DH rule and more. Follow him on Twitter at @jarcher04.

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