Aviator Picks MLB All-Star StartersJune 30, 2016
Aviator Picks MLB All-Star Starters
Tonight ends the fan voting portion of the MLB All-Star Game festivities. Here at Aviator, we made our picks, as shown in the image. Here’s an explanation of our selections!
Catchers: Salvador Perez and Wilson Ramos– Perez is a mainstay in Kansas City. With Molina-like catching ability and highly competitive offensive numbers to go with it, last year’s World Series MVP gets our nod. In the NL, Ramos is hitting right around the .340 mark for Washington this season. He has had a 2016 campaign to remember.
First Base: Eric Hosmer and Paul Goldschmidt– It came down to Hosmer and Miguel Cabrera but Hosmer’s defense makes him our choice. A star of last year’s World Series, Hosmer has continued his strong hitting, batting .300 with power for the defending champion Royals. The NL was debatable, with Wil Myers and Anthony Rizzo having excellent seasons. Goldschmidt, however, has helped carry his D-backs offense and gets our choice.
Second Base: Jose Altuve and Daniel Murphy– Jose Altuve is a no brainer. He has put up video game numbers, hitting .347, with 13 home runs, 46 runs batted in, and 21 stolen bases to date this year. Much to Mets fans dismay, the new Washington National in Daniel Murphy is also having an MVP-caliber season.
Third Base: Manny Machado and Nolan Arenado– With the Mike Trout vs. Bryce Harper debate in full swing, both Machado and Arenado have compiled arguments to be amongst the game’s best. Both are producing incredible offensive numbers, and both players are Gold Glove caliber fielders. Machado has even seen time at shortstop for a broken down Baltimore infield.
Shortstop: Francisco Lindor and Trevor Story– Lindor was a top prospect for his Cleveland Indians, with defense his calling card. The fact that he has come on the scene and hit well north of .300 with power has been outstanding. Story generated a lot of excitement in Colorado early this season, as the rookie shortstop has hit 19 home runs to date this year.
Outfield, AL: Mike Trout, Ian Desmond, Carlos Beltran– Trout is a man that needs no explanation. To the surprise of absolutely nobody, he is having a fantastic season. Desmond has been one of the MLB’s interesting stories in 2016, as the Rangers’ gamble on the transplanted shortstop has paid dividends. He is batting north of .320 with power and has moved positions so easily that they have played him in center field. Carlos Beltran has carried the Yankee offense almost by himself, as he continues to show flashes of the player he was nearly a decade ago. Beltran’s .297, 19 HR, 53 RBI slash line earns him our selection.
Outfield, NL: Carlos Gonzalez, Starling Marte, Yoenis Cespedes– Gonzalez makes our third member of the Rockies on this list, and deservedly so. He has hit well over .300 (currently .329) for the duration of the season and has some excellent power numbers too (18 HR and 51 RBI). Starling Marte has quietly had an incredible season for the Pirates. While his power numbers may not equal his counterparts, Marte’s speed (21 stolen bases), excellent defense, and .331 batting average make him our second outfield pick in the NL. Finally, the Cuban slugger from the New York Mets rounds out our list in Yoenis Cespedes. Batting barely below the .300 mark, Cespedes has hit for a ton of power (18 HR, 45 RBI). Holding down multiple outfield positions for the Mets, Cespedes earns our selection.
BONUS: Our picks to pitch
American League: Chris Sale– With an American League best record of 13-2, Sale has had a dominant 2016 season for the Chicago White Sox. The lefty is sporting a 2.79 ERA, to go with being fourth in the league in strikeouts and second in WHIP.
National League: Madison Bumgarner– This should say, Clayton Kershaw. However, Kershaw is on the DL and his stint likely takes him out of contention to pitch let alone start the All-Star Game. Bumgarner however, has been almost as good. He is in the top 5 in nearly every statistical pitching category, has 2.00 earned run average and gets our pick for the Kershaw-less National League.
We hope you enjoy our selections, and we hope that you will vote before midnight tonight! Head on over to MLB.com to vote, and tell use what you think of our choices in our comments section or on social media!