Now that we are into June, it’s a good time to look at the All-Star ballot. There have been enough games to see how players are doing and we have seen some serious injuries.
After watching the first couple of months, here is my All-Star ballot. Remember, you can fill one out 5 times a day for a total of 35 ballots. Let me know what you think of my ballot in the comments below.
AL: Salvador Perez
Perez has been an All-Star in each of the last 3 seasons. Last year’s World Series MVP is hitting .273 with 7 home runs and 25 RBI. More importantly, he is taking care of things behind the plate. He leads the Majors with an incredible 56% caught stealing rate.
NL: Jonathan Lucroy
Lucroy has gotten hot in recent weeks. He is hitting .462 in the last 2 weeks, bringing his average up to .316, which leads all catchers. All 9 of his home runs have come in the last 4 weeks. Like Perez, Lucroy is solid behind the plate. He leads the league by a long shot with 24 runners caught stealing.
AL: Eric Hosmer
Hosmer leads all first basemen with a .319 average and he has 10 home runs and 35 RBI. He is a 3-time Gold Glove winner and is a leader of a Royals team that has gone to back-to-back World Series.
NL: Chris Carter
Carter is only hitting .222, but he has 16 home runs to lead all first basemen. He also has 36 RBI, second only to the Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo. I will admit that my Brewer bias puts Carter over Rizzo, but Carter does have the numbers of an All-Star.
AL: Jose Altuve
Altuve has been putting together an MVP-caliber season. He is hitting .336 with 10 home runs and 34 RBI, not very typical for a second baseman. He also leads the AL with 17 stolen bases. Oh yeah, he’s also a Gold Glove second baseman.
NL: Daniel Murphy
Murphy leads all of baseball with a .384 batting average and leads the NL with a .626 slugging percentage and 1.042 OPS. Murphy has really taken to the Nationals after playing his first 7 years with the Mets.
AL: Manny Machado
Machado is a Gold Glove third baseman who is hitting .307 with 15 home runs and 36 RBI. His 15 home runs is good for 5th in the AL. With the injury to J.J. Hardy, Machado has moved over to shortstop and has not missed a beat.
NL: Nolan Arenado
Arenado leads the NL with 18 home runs, 48 RBI, and 43 runs scored. He has won the Gold Glove in each of his first 3 seasons and was an All-Star last season. Since the beginning of last year, Arenado leads the league with 60 home runs and 178 RBI.
AL: Xander Bogaerts
Bogaerts leads all of baseball with 82 hits and is second in the AL with a .345 batting average. He is the unsung hero on the Red Sox, who have all been hitting well this season. The slick-fielding shortstop has been flying under the radar up to this point, but expect to hear a lot more about him if he keeps up this pace.
NL: Jonathan Villar
The Brewer shortstop is excelling in his first season in Milwaukee. Villar’s .307 batting average is second among NL shortstops and his 21 stolen bases leads the Major Leagues. He has been playing a stellar defense and has earned a spot on the All-Star team.
Bradley stole the headlines with his 29-game hitting streak. He is hitting .323 on the season with 9 home runs and 38 RBI, mainly in the bottom third of the lineup.
Cain is hitting .292 with 8 home runs and 34 RBI. He has been patrolling center field for the World Champion Royals since the Brewers traded him before the 2011 season.
Trout is having another solid season, hitting .306 with 12 home runs and 41 RBI. He has been one of the only bright spots on the Angels this season and will again be a part of the MVP talk at the end of the year.
Braun is second in the NL with a .337 batting average and has 9 home runs. He is getting back to his MVP form and is playing well in left field. Braun’s only concerns are nagging injuries to his back and neck, but the Brewers have been giving him regular rest and it seems to be helping.
Harper is the face of the new wave of players, players who wear their emotions on their sleeves. The reigning NL MVP is not having a great season, only hitting .249, but he still has 13 home runs, 34 RBI and 34 runs scored. He is an exciting player and one of the faces of baseball.
Ozuna is hitting .318 with 11 home runs and 35 runs scored. He is holding down center field in spacious Marlins Park.
AL: David Ortiz
Ortiz has said that he is retiring after this season, and he is going out with a bang. He is hitting .340 with 16 home runs and leads the AL with 54 RBI, 26 doubles, a .424 on base percentage, and an unbelievable 1.156 OPS. For somebody who does not contribute on the field, he has more than made up for it with the bat.