The American League West All-Star Team

With the mid-summer classic coming up on Tuesday night, I thought it would be interesting to look at what an AL West All-Star team would look like. I decided to use a 25-man roster, having eleven pitchers and 14 position players (including a D.H.). Without further ado, I give you my American League West All-Star Team:

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Starters:

C – Jason Castro (Hou) – 2.2 WAR, .269/.331/.475 with 12 HR and 31 RBI
1B – Mark Trumbo (LAA) - 1.3 WAR, .245/.312/.474 with 21 HR and 57 RBI
2B – Kyle Seager (Sea) - 3.6 WAR, .293/.359/.488 with 15 HR and 44 RBI
SS – Jed Lowrie (Oak) - 1.8 WAR, .295/.364/.424 with 7 HR annd 37 RBI
3B – Adrian Beltre (Tex) - 3.3 WAR, .316/.358/.543 with 21 HR and 55 RBI
LF – Coco Crisp (Oak) - 1.8 WAR, .263/.345/.414 with 9 HR and 35 RBI
CF – Mike Trout (LAA) - 5.7 WAR, .322/.399/.565 with 15 HR, 59 RBI and 21 SB
RF – Nelson Cruz (Tex) - 1.4 WAR, .277/.334/.517 with 22 HR and 69 RBI
DH – Josh Donaldson (Oak) - 4.3 WAR, .310/.379/.522 with 16 HR and 61 RBI

Reserves:

A.J. Pierzynski (Tex) - 1.3 WAR, .284/.317/.448 with 9 HR and 34 RBI
Kendrys Morales (Sea) - 1.1 WAR, .280/.337/.463 with 14 HR and 54 RBI
Howie Kendrick (LAA) - 2.4 WAR, .310/.352/.469 with 11 HR and 40 RBI
Ian Kinsler (Tex) - 1.5 WAR, .281/.359/.433 with 9 HR and 36 RBI
Leonys Martin (Tex) - 1.6 WAR, .283/.336/.422 with 5 HR and 19 SB

Starting Rotation:

Felix Hernandez (Sea) - 10-4, 2.53 ERA, 9.09 K/9 in 138.2 IP
Yu Darvish (Tex) - 8-4, 3.02 ERA, 11.84 K/9, 1.05 WHIP in 119.1 IP
Derek Holland (Tex) - 8-4, 3.08 ERA, 8.67 K/9 in 125.2 IP
Bartolo Colon (Oak) - 12-3, 2.70 ERA, 1.11 WHIP in 126.2 IP
Hisashi Iwakuma (Sea) - 8-4, 3.02 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 131.1 IP

Bullpen:

C.J. Wilson (LAA) - 9-6, 3.37 ERA, 8.23 K/9 in 120.1 IP
A.J. Griffin (Oak) - 8-6, 3.68 ERA with 1 shutout in 122.1 IP
Bud Norris (Hou) - 6-8, 3.63 ERA, 3.55 FIP in 114 IP
Ernesto Frieri (LAA) - 22 SV, 2.88 ERA, 13.50 K/9 and a 1.16 WHIP
Grant Balfour (Oak) - 25 SV, 1.63 ERA, 9.54 K/9 and a .190 opponents average
Joe Nathan (Tex) - 30 SV, 1.36 ERA, 9.53 K/9 and a 0.76 WHIP

What Surprised Me:

  • Mike Trout is having every-bit as good of a season as he had in 2012. He isn’t getting near the coverage thanks to being on a struggling team, and the buzz surrounding Yasiel Puig, Chris Davis and Miguel Cabrera.
  • The A.L. West has a lack of good offensive shortstops. Behind Jed Lowrie there really wasn’t a close second for me.
  • According to WAR, Josh Donaldson is the second best player in the division.

Topics: Houston Astros, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers

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