The Case For Brewer All-Stars

There are four Brewers that deserve consideration for the All-Star Game. For a team that is in its first year of a rebuild, they have been doing pretty well. These four players, especially, have kept the Brewers performing above expectations for the 2016 season.

Ryan Braun

Braun is currently 5th in the voting for the NL All-Star team, over 700,000 behind Yoenis Cespedes for the third starting outfield position. It is a long shot at best for Braun to get enough votes to start, but he should make it as a reserve.

Braun is fifth in the NL in batting average (.320) and he has 12 home runs, 38 RBI, and 30 runs scored. He is hitting .368 with runners in scoring position and .500 with a runner on third and less than 2 outs.

On top of his offensive prowess, he has been playing at an All-Star caliber in left field. He is tied with Starling Marte for the most assists in the outfield with 8. Braun has been part of 2 double plays and has yet to commit an error this season.

Jonathan Lucroy

Lucroy is currently 5th in the voting, with about half the votes of Yadier Molina. There is very little chance that Lucroy will come close to earning the starting position, as both Buster Posey and Molina have more than 500,000 more votes with a week to go.

Lucroy is 2nd among catchers in batting average (.305), home runs (10), RBI (35), and first in hits (74) and triples (3). The catcher that is ahead of him in average, home runs, and RBI is not Molina or Posey. It is Wilson Ramos.

Defensively, Lucroy has improved his weakest aspect of catching and has thrown out a league high of 24 would-be base stealers. He has handled a young pitching staff that has improved as the season has progressed. Offensively and defensively, Lucroy is an elite catcher and is deserving of a spot on the NL All-Star roster.

Jonathan Villar

Villar is not in the top 5 shortstops in the NL All-Star voting. He has been a big surprise for the Brewers this season, but that has not been getting him many votes.

Villar is second among NL shortstops with a .292 average and leads all of Major League Baseball with 24 stolen bases. He is also third among shortstops with 37 runs scored.

Defensively, Villar is third in the NL with 200 assists and fourth with 46 double plays turned and 97 putouts. He has made some great plays and showed off his strong arm several times this season.

When the Brewers picked Villar up, many assumed that he was just holding a spot until Orlando Arcia was ready for the big leagues, but they ended up with an All-Star caliber shortstop.

Chris Carter

Carter is not going to get voted in as a starter in this year’s All-Star Game. The Brewers acquired him to add production to a first base position that has not had much production since Prince Fielder left, and he has done just that.

Carter is only hitting .222, but he is second in the NL (first among first basemen) with 18 home runs. In addition to leading the team in home runs, he leads with 44 RBI and is second with 15 doubles.

Carter is not a Gold Glove first baseman, but he has been pretty solid. He has the third most putouts and has been involved in the third most double plays at first base.

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