My NL All-Star Ballot
C - Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers
Lucroy is the clear choice behind the dish and it’s not even close. He leads all qualified NL backstops in BA (.331), OBP (.399), SLG (.511) and fWAR (3.8). Look for Yadier Molina (Cardinals) and Buster Posey (Giants) to make the team as reserves.
1B - Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks
Freddie Freeman (Braves), resurgent Justin Morneau (Rockies) and Anthony Rizzo (Cubs) deserve consideration here, but Goldschmidt is an easy choice as he leads all qualified NL first basemen in BA (.308), OBP (.398), SLG (.545) and fWAR (3.3). Mourneau may get snubbed due to roster space. Freeman and Rizzo though have a good chance to be the Braves and Cubs representatives as a reserves.
2B - Chase Utley, Phillies
I had no second thoughts about Utley as my choice here, but I was surprised to see Daniel Murphy (Mets) leading all qualified NL second basemen in fWAR (2.6), and it was hard to ignore Dee Gordon’s (Dodgers) 40 stolen bases and 2.5fWAR (tied for second with Utley). I expect both Murphy and Gordon to be named as reserves. Gordon’s speed makes him a particularly attractive late inning pinch running weapon.
SS - Troy Tulowitzky, Rockies
This was probably the easiest vote on either ballot. Tulo already has posted an fWAR of 4.8 (Jhonny Peralta is a distant second with 2.8, which is mostly due to his defensive value), and Tulo also leads all qualified NL shortstops in BA (.350), OBP (.441), SLG (.608) and home runs (18).
3B - Todd Frazier, Reds
Frazier is having a monster offensive season leading all NL third basemen in home runs (17), isolated power or ISO (.214), SLG (.503), stolen bases (13) and fWAR (3.5). Matt Carpenter (Cardinals) and Anthony Rendon (Nationals) will likely also make the NL squad as reserves.
OF - Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
OF - Yasiel Puig, Dodgers
OF - Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins
McCutchen and Stanton were easy picks for me. The final spot came down to Puig and Carlos Gomez (Brewers). I opted for Puig as the starter. Gomez should make the squad as a reserve if he does not win a spot outright.
Top Left: Jonathan Lucroy, by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images
Top Right: Paul Goldschmidt, by Christian Peterson/Getty Images
Middle Left: Chase Utley, by Dan Schultz/Getty Images
Middle: Troy Tulowitzky, by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images
Middle Right: Todd Frazier, by Andy Lyons/Getty Images
Bottom Left: Andrew McCutchen, by Al Bello/Getty Images
Bottom Middle: Yasiel Puig, by Christian Peterson/Getty Images
Bottom Right: Giancarlo Stanton, by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images