All-Star Insider: One AL ballot

  • Updated: June 21, 2014 - 6:58 PM

TARGET FIELD

Tues., July 15 • 7 p.m.

After Sunday, only four Twins home games remain in which you can cast a ballot in person for this year’s All-Star teams (though you can vote on mlb.com though July 3). But who should get your vote? We made NL suggestions two weeks ago. This week here’s our ballot for the AL starters:

1B: It’s tempting to take Jose Abreu, whose 21 home runs and clubhouse presence are invaluable to the White Sox. But that would be just a contrarian pick, because Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera, while slightly less dominant than during his two MVP seasons, is still the league’s most feared hitter.

2B: Robinson Cano has the reputation and Brian Dozier is a hometown favorite. But Houston’s Jose Altuve, though only 5-6, has turned into a textbook leadoff hitter. He leads the league in hits and stolen bases.

SS: No arguing with Derek Jeter, if the aim is to let his fans see him start one final All-Star Game. If it’s about rewarding this year’s best shortstop, though, the question is a lot more complicated. The Angels’ Erick Aybar gets this vote, but it’s a close call over Chicago’s Alexei Ramirez and the Twins’ Eduardo Escobar.

3B: Oakland’s Josh Donaldson is the only AL player, according to baseball’s advanced metrics, who comes close to Mike Trout’s all-around excellence. He’s probably the best-fielding third baseman in baseball, and he’s fourth in home runs.

OF: An on-base percentage over .400, a league-high slugging percentage above .600 — Trout is only 22 and is already the best AL player. He’s on his way to becoming the best overall hitter, too.

OF: Toronto’s Jose Bautista hits the ball harder, scouts say, than anyone. Most advanced statistics show him to be close to Trout’s level in powering an offense, too.

OF: The third outfield spot may be the toughest call because Alex Gordon deserves a spot for his all-around brilliance in leading the Royals into first place, and Cleveland’s Michael Brantley is top 10 in slugging and a great fielder besides. But Baltimore’s Nelson Cruz has an AL-best 22 homers, 58 RBI and 159 total bases.

C: With apologies to the Royals’ Salvador Perez, Derek Norris receives high praise for his handling of Oakland’s pitching staff. He’s hitting above .300, too.

DH: Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacion had one of the hottest six-week stretches of hitting anyone has had in the past five years, and he leads the AL in extra-base hits.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Tampa 6 FINAL
Philadelphia 2
LA Clippers 96 FINAL
Chicago 86
Cleveland 47 3rd Qtr
Houston 50
Golden State 5:00 PM
Boston
Philadelphia 5:00 PM
Indiana
Portland 5:00 PM
Sacramento
Charlotte 5:00 PM
Orlando
Oklahoma City 5:30 PM
LA Lakers
New Orleans 7:00 PM
Denver
Los Angeles 0 2nd Prd
Winnipeg 1
Tampa Bay 4:00 PM
Florida
Columbus 4:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Toronto 6:00 PM
Washington
Anaheim 7:00 PM
Dallas
St. Louis 8:30 PM
Vancouver
SMU 73 FINAL
Connecticut 81
Quinnipiac 65 FINAL
Manhattan 69
Fairfield 56 FINAL
Niagara 57
Marist 49 FINAL
Rider 59
Iona 60 FINAL
Saint Peters 68
Oregon State 55 2nd Half 2:30
California 65
South Florida 46 2nd Half 3:30
Houston 69
Marquette 36 2nd Half 11:46
Providence 56
Michigan State 25 2nd Half
Wisconsin 36
Siena 9 1st Half 11:35
Monmouth 12
Pittsburgh 5:30 PM
Wake Forest
Oregon 6:00 PM
Stanford
Purdue 6:30 PM
Ohio State
Arizona State 7:30 PM
Colorado
Washington St 8:30 PM
UCLA
Georgetown 66 FINAL
Providence 81
Binghamton 50 FINAL
UMBC 73
Elon 65 FINAL
Hofstra 58
Virginia Tech 47 FINAL
Boston College 49
(8) Louisville 59 FINAL
Virginia 75
Texas 69 FINAL
West Virginia 76
Creighton 53 FINAL
Villanova 61
Seton Hall 85 FINAL
Butler 76
UNC-Wilmington 76 FINAL
Coll of Charleston 65
(5) Maryland 69 FINAL
(25) Northwestern 48
Saint Josephs 67 FINAL
La Salle 55
Louisiana Tech 53 FINAL
TX-San Antonio 60
Rhode Island 70 FINAL
Massachusetts 78
Richmond 55 FINAL
VA Commonwealth 49
Davidson 46 FINAL
Fordham 54
St Bonaventure 43 FINAL
Duquesne 51
George Mason 45 FINAL
(22) George Washington 80
Indiana 60 FINAL
(20) Rutgers 71
(12) Texas A&M 63 FINAL
LSU 80
Ole Miss 47 FINAL
(11) Miss State 55
Clemson 56 FINAL
Pittsburgh 61
Maine 47 FINAL
New Hampshire 61
Vermont 48 FINAL
Albany 76
Quinnipiac 87 FINAL
Monmouth 48
Saint Peters 47 FINAL
Siena 64
(4) Notre Dame 67 FINAL
NC State 60
Wisconsin 62 FINAL
Penn State 56
Stony Brook 49 FINAL
Hartford 56
Northeastern 47 FINAL
William & Mary 62
St Johns 61 FINAL
Xavier 74
James Madison 74 FINAL
Delaware 71
Towson 45 FINAL
Drexel 50
Illinois State 46 2nd Half 1:15
Bradley 54
Southern Ill 65 2nd Half 0:28
Loyola-Chicago 60
Northern Iowa 53 2nd Half 0:52
Wichita State 59
Minnesota 74 2nd Half 0:37
(17) Iowa 92
(15) North Carolina 61 2nd Half 6:32
(16) Duke 68
Alabama 58 2nd Half 3:20
Auburn 70
(9) Florida State 58 2nd Half 4:17
Miami-Florida 47
Arkansas 41 FINAL
Missouri 57
Georgia 49 2nd Half 1:15
Florida 45
Dayton 95 FINAL
Saint Louis 68
Drake 55 2nd Half 0:20
Missouri State 86
Colorado 21 2nd Half
(10) Arizona State 22
(19) Stanford 30 2nd Half
Oregon 29
Marquette 43 2nd Half
DePaul 46
Southern Miss 35 2nd Half
Texas-El Paso 37
Vanderbilt 4:00 PM
(6) Tennessee
(2) South Carolina 4:00 PM
(13) Kentucky
Utah 4:00 PM
Arizona
Ohio State 4:00 PM
Nebraska
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Which Twins player are you most interested in during spring training?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close