My 2013 AL All-Star Ballot
C - Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins
1B - Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles
2B - Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
SS - Jhonny Peralta, Detroit Tigers
3B - Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
OF - Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
OF - Jacoby Ellsbury, Boston Red Sox
OF - Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays
DH - David Ortiz
The toughest choice was Dustin Pedroia over Jason Kipnis and Robinson Cano at second base. All should make the American League roster, but I went with Pedroia’s all-around game (he leads all qualifying AL second basemen in hits, runs, OBP and fWAR) over the power of Kipnis and Cano.
I would have selected the Orioles JJ Hardy, who leads qualifying AL shortstops in HR and RBI while providing above average defense, but I couldn’t get past his 0.297 OBP. Instead, I’m left with the Tigers’ Jhonny Peralta, who leads qualifying AL shortstops in AVG, OPS and fWAR while playing acceptable defense. It’s a weak crop of shortstop in the American League this season. That may change next year if the Orioles trade Hardy and move Manny Machado over from third to his natural short. Machado’s ability to play a superb shortstop should earn him a spot on the American League All-Star roster this year as a reserve along with Evan Longoria, who is also enjoying a superb season for the Rays.
In the outfield, Trout was an easy choice. However, I could easily have substituted any combination of Nelson Cruz, Brett Gardner, Alex Gordon, Adam Jones and Mark Trumbo for Ellsbury and Bautista. I would be surprised if all are not eventually added to the American League roster.
Top Left: Joe Mauer, photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images
Top Middle: Chris Davis, photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images
Top Right: Dustin Pedroia, photo by Hannah Fosslien/Getty Images
Middle Left: Jhonny Peralta, photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images
Middle Middle: Miguel Cabrera, photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images
Middle Right: David Ortiz, photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images
Bottom Left: Mike Trout, photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images
Bottom Middle: Jacoby Ellsbury, photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images
Bottom Right: Jose Bautista, photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images