All-Star rosters will be announced one week from tonight, with Miguel Sano and Ervin Santana the top Twins candidates for inclusion. What other AL Central players deserve a July 11 trip to Miami? Here's a look:
Indians: Strangely, the AL champs have nobody among the voting leaders, but Francisco Lindor (.798 OPS and elite shortstop defense) is all but a lock. Jose Ramirez has quietly developed into a stellar third baseman, too, and Andrew Miller may be the best lefty reliever in the game. Add Carlos Carrasco (2.99 ERA), too.
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Royals: Salvador Perez figures to win election as catcher in a romp. Lefthander Jason Vargas, back from Tommy John surgery, has been stellar (11-3, 2.29 ERA), and Lorenzo Cain's .818 OPS is good for a reserve outfield spot. Eric Hosmer is worthy at first base. Mike Moustakas may be a victim of the crowded field at third base.
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Tigers: There are no locks here anymore. Miguel Cabrera isn't having an MVP year but should go. J.D. Martinez hits like an All-Star but has played barely half the games. Justin Upton could be one of the last players picked. Justin Verlander? No longer their ace (it's Michael Fulmer); a seventh nod would be mostly on reputation.
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White Sox: They'll probably send bat-only players Jose Abreu (13 homers) at first base or Avisail Garcia (batting .336) in the outfield, or perhaps both. Matt Davidson's 17 homers deserve a look, but he's a designated hitter. David Robertson has only 11 saves, but he's a plausible option, too.