My All-Star Selections

Fox is announcing the actual All-Star rosters tomorrow night. In advance of that ESPN had several analysts pick their own All-Star teams. I 2013_MLB_All-Star_Game_Logodecided to do the same. I kept within the rules of the All-Star game itself. Every MLB team had to be represented, each team had to have  two reserve catchers and 12 reserve pitchers. I built from there. I excluded players who are injured and will not be able to participate in the game itself. So that’s why you don’t see Clay Buchholz, Troy Tulowitzki, or Jesse Crain.

Where I break from tradition is with relievers. I would much rather reward a roster spot to a starter than a reliever. Relievers just don’t generate enough actual value. I put only two relievers from the A.L. on my roster (Rivera, Nathan) and one from the N.L. (Kimbrel). The rest of the pitching slots I filled with starters.

Here are my 2013 All-Star selections.

STARTERS AL NL
C Joe Mauer Yadier Molina
1B Chris Davis Paul Goldschmidt
2B Dustin Pedroia Matt Carpenter
3B Miguel Cabrera David Wright
SS J.J. Hardy Jean Segura
LF Mike Trout Carlos Gonzalez
CF Jacoby Ellsbury Carlos Gomez
RF Jose Bautista Andrew McCutchen
DH David Ortiz Joey Votto
SP Max Scherzer Matt Harvey
PITCHERS AL NL
SP Chris Sale Clayton Kershaw
SP Hisashi Iwakuma Cliff Lee
SP Derek Holland Adam Wainwright
SP Justin Verlander Jordan Zimmermann
SP Felix Hernandez Stephen Strasburg
SP Yu Darvish Homer Bailey
SP James Shields Jhoulys Chacin
SP Bud Norris Jeff Samardzija
SP Bartolo Colon Jose Fernandez
SP Justin Masterson Patrick Corbin
RP/SP Joe Nathan Shelby Miller
RP Mariano Rivera Craig Kimbrel
RESERVES AL NL
C Jason Castro Buster Posey
C Carlos Santana Russell Martin
1B Edwin Encarnacion Adrian Gonzalez
2B Robinson Cano Chase Utley
2B/SS Jason Kipnis Everth Cabrera
3B/SS Manny Machado Andrelton Simmons
3B Adrian Beltre Pedro Alvarez
3B/OF Evan Longoria Bryce Harper
3B/OF Josh Donaldson Starling Marte
OF Brett Gardner Jay Bruce
OF Adam Jones Domonic Brown
OF Alex Gordon Carlos Beltran
LAST MAN ADDED AL NL
SS/OF Jose Iglesias Yasiel Puig
LAST MAN CUT AL NL
2B Ian Kinsler Brandon Phillips

 

The American League has a great group of third and second basemen. I was able to get all of the third basemen in but there just wasn’t enough room for Ian Kinsler or Howie Kendrick.

There isn’t a ton of quality outfield depth in the American League; because of this I only selected three reserve outfielders to the A.L. roster. I’d rather fill those roster spots with more deserving infielders and have Mike Trout play deeper into the game.

Limiting my roster to just two relievers allowed most of the worthy starters to make the team. Anibal Sanchez is coming off the disabled list tomorrow, he was the toughest pitching omission.

The National League all of a sudden has great depth at middle infield. I couldn’t make room for all of these guys. Ian Desmond and Brandon Phillips were both tough omissions. The N.L. is also stacked in the outfield. Justin Upton, Shin-Soo Choo, Hunter Pence, Michael Cuddyer, and Gerardo Parra all got snubbed; however I put six reserve outfielders on the N.L. roster who I felt were just as good if not better.

A quick thought on Yasiel Puig. The All-Star game is a showcase and an exhibition. I don’t care that Puig has only played in 29 games, he’s been the best player in baseball over the last month. He has done things during his first month in the Majors that we haven’t seen since DiMaggio debuted in 1936. I want to see him. I’d rather see Puig than some middle reliever or closer. It’s tough to keep someone like Brandon Phillips off in favor of Puig however Puig actually tops Phillips in WAR on Baseball-Reference (2.4/1.9) and Baseball Prospectus (2.1/1.6). They are tied on FanGraphs at 1.9.

Despite only selecting one reliever, I feel like I wanted to add several more starters. A.J. Burnett, Madison Bumgarner, Jorge De La Rosa, Jeff Locke, and Mat Latos are all deserving. I just couldn’t make room for those guys.

One thing that shocked me, I selected two players from the Astros. Norris and Castro. I only put one player on from the Angles (Trout). I wouldn’t have predicted that in March.

Those are my rosters. What do you think?

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Originally posted 7/5/13

 

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