The Infielders and Catchers
Jul 1, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson (20) steps on third base as he rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the Boston Red Sox in the eighth inning at Rogers Centre. The Jays won 11-2. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Catcher – Salvador Perez (Royals)
Perez received 13, 747,294 of the votes at catcher; this is his 3rd All-Star selection and first start. In a year where there are not really any standout catchers in the American League, Perez’s stats lead to the vote. HE was one of the most derving Royals player to make the team.
Stats from FanGraphs: .265/ 13 HR/ 34 RBI/ 1 SB
First Base – Miguel Cabrera (Tigers)
Cabrera received 13,834,271 votes to be the starter at first base, this is his 10th-time selection to the team, and third time starting. It surprises me that Cabrera has only been voted into the All-Star game as the starter three times. He was definitely the most deserving, but he just went to the DL and will not be able to play.
Stats from FanGraphs: .350/ 14 HR/ 54 RBI/ 1 SB.
Second Base – Jose Altuve (Astros)
Altuve was a surprise here because he fell so far behind Omar Infante but won the starting position with the lowest amount of votes with 9,634,464. The reason he had so few votes was while Astros’ fans were voting Altuve, Indians’ fans were probably voting for Jason Kipnis. It’s Jose Altuve’s third selection and first start in the All-Star game. The Astros are in first place because of his great all-around play, he deserves this.
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Stats from FanGraphs: .301/ 7 HR/ 35 RBI/ 24 SB.
Third Base – Josh Donaldson (Blue Jays)
This was the no-brainer of the All-Star voting process, Josh Donaldson is one of the best fielders/hitters in the game today. He received the most votes with 14,090,188 of them. This is his second start and selection into the All-Star Game roster. He jumps into the stands to catch balls, makes great throws, and can bring rain with his home runs. Donaldson has the same number of home runs as Valbuena but look at his other stats, the right choice here.
Stats from FanGraphs: .296/ 19 HR/ 56 RBI/ 3 SB.
Shortstop – Alcides Escobar (Royals)
As I wrote earlier, the shortstop class has some good players, but no one really stands out. The shortstops up for consideration for the backup role are Xander Bogaerts, Jose Iglesias, and Carlos Correa. Bogaerts offers more in the power department; Iglesias offers better average and defence, and Correa is the Mr. Everything, who does not have enough experience left. I could have seen Bogaerts getting the starting gig over Escobar, but the fans voted “Royal Blue.” Escobar once was full of promise but has turned out to be a slightly above average shortstop, but no one else ran away with the vote. We will find out tomorrow if Correa gets chosen as a reserve or a finalist in the Final Vote.
Stats from Fangraphs: .276/ 2 HR/ 28 RBI/ 5 SB.
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