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American League All-Stars

You only have a few days left to vote for your National League All-Stars. Here is the opinion of one of our many talented baseball writers on how you should use those 35 votes you are allowed.

 

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Starter: Salvador Perez-Kansas City Royals

The 2016 World Series MVP is my starter at catcher. He suffered an injury last week but could return in the next week. He has a perfect fielding percentage and is tied for the most home runs from a catcher in the American League.

 

Reserve: Brian McCann-New York Yankees

Brian McCann has had a very good year in 2016. He is the second best catcher in the American League in my opinion and is my reserve catcher.

 

First Base-Eric-Hosmer-Kansas-City-Royals

Starter: Eric Hosmer-Kansas City Royals

Eric Hosmer has a .330 average so far this season, which is the highest among first basemen in the American League. He has won three straight Gold Gloves and is one of the best first basemen in baseball.

 

Reserve: Miguel Cabrera-Detroit Tigers

Miguel Cabrera is tied for first for most home runs from a first baseman in the American League. He has a .310 average this season, which is lower than recent years.JoseAltuve

 

Second Base-

Starter: Jose Altuve-Houston Astros

Altuve has 15 stolen bases in 2016, which is the most in baseball. He also leads second basemen in OBP, OPS, WAR, Hits, Doubles, and Walks. He is the best all-around second baseman in the American League

 

Reserve: Robinson Cano-Seattle Mariners

Cano is the best power hitter at second base in the American League. He has 16 home runs so far in 2016 which is the third most in the AL. He also leads AL second basemen in slugging percentage.

 

Third Base-

AP Photo/Carlos Osorio

AP Photo/Carlos Osorio

 

Starter: Nick Castellanos-Detroit Tigers

Nick Castellanos leads American League third basemen in batting average. His batting average is also in the top ten in the American League. He is ranked fifth in RBI’s by third basemen.

 

Reserve: Josh Donaldson-Toronto Blue Jays

Donaldson is in the top 5 among third basemen in the American League in doubles, stolen bases, walks, OBP, OPS, slugging percentage and WAR. The only weakness in Donaldson’s 2016 season has been his average, which is .257 and his strikeouts.

 

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Starter: Xander Bogaerts-Boston Red Sox

Xander Bogaerts has been the best offensive shortstop so far this season. He is leading the American League in hits. He is also first among shortstops in batting average. He has the second highest fielding percentage for second basemen in the AL

 

Reserve: Francisco Lindor-Cleveland Indians

Lindor is batting over .300 and has 12 home runs so far this season. He is one of the best young players in baseball and one of the most consistent players this season.

 

OF-

Starter: Mike Trout-Los Angeles AngelsMikeTrout2

Trout is a four time all-star and he should be a starter again in 2016. He has a .313 average and leads the American League outfielders in OBP.

 

Starter: Lorenzo Cain-Kansas City Royals

Cain is batting over .300 in 2016 and has the second best fielding percentage in the American League among centerfielders. He was a first time all-star last year.

 

Starter: Jackie Bradley Jr.-Boston Red Sox

Jackie Bradley Jr. leads outfielders in slugging percentage and OPS. He had a 29 game hitting streak earlier this season and has been one of the best players so far this season.

 

markTrumboReserve: Mark Trumbo-Baltimore Orioles

Mark Trumbo has 17 home runs so far this season, which is the most in baseball. He has been one of the best power hitters in baseball. He has a .288 average this season, which is 10th among American League outfielders.

 

Reserve: Mookie Betts-Boston Red Sox

Mookie Betts has the second most home runs among outfielders in the American League with 14. He has been hot lately and has a .367 average over the last seven days.

 

ChrisSale2Starting Pitcher-

Starter: Chris Sale-Chicago White Sox

Chris Sale already has seven wins this season. His overall record is 7-1 this year. He has an ERA of 2.29 and a WHIP of 0.88.

 

Starter: Masahiro Tanaka- New York Yankees

Tanaka has been one of the best pitchers in the American League this season. He has a 3-1 record and an ERA of 2.78. His WHIP is an even 1.00.

 

Starter: Jose Quintana-Chicago White Sox

Quintana has an even record at 5-5 but has been one of the best pitchers when it comes to ERA and WHIP. His ERA in 2016 is 2.13 and WHIP is 1.03.

 

Reserve: Felix Hernandez-Seattle Mariners

Felix Hernandez is typically one of the best pitchers every year and 2016 is not any different. He has a 2.86 ERA and a WHIP of 1.22. His record is a little unimpressive at 4-4.StevenWright

 

Reserve: Steven Wright-Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox knuckleballer has been one of the most surprising pitchers this season. He has an ERA of 2.45 and a record of 5-4.

 

Relief Pitcher-

 

Starter: Wade Davis-Kansas City RoyalsWadeDavis2

Wade Davis has 16 saves this season, which is the most for an American League pitcher. He has an ERA of 0.89 this season.

 

Starter: Aroldis Chapman-New York Yankees

Chapman has one of the best fastballs in baseball and he should be included in the All-Star Game roster. He only has 8 saves this season but has a WHIP of 0.97 this season.

 

Starter: Zach Britton-Baltimore Orioles

Britton has the second most saves in the American League with 15. He also has very impressive stats. His ERA this season is 1.21 and his WHIP is 0.67.

 

Reserve: Andrew Miller-New York Yankees

Andrew Miller has thrived in his setup role for the Yankees this season. He has an ERA of 1.25 and a WHIP of 0.74.

 

Reserve: Kelvin Herrera-Kansas City Royals

Herrera has a fastball that averages about 100 mph and is very hard to hit. This season he has an ERA of 1.33 and a WHIP of 1.00.

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