It’s that time of year again. The Mid-Summer Classic is about to be upon us, so it’s time to take a look at who should be playing in Anaheim. Today, I want to take a look at the senior circuit.
Catcher – This position seems to be a little thin this year. However, I feel Brian McCann is having the best year so far.
Brian McCann – Atlanta .258/8/30/.806 ops
First Base – As always, there is a lot of talent at 1B in the NL. I find it hard to argue with Albert Pujols. Pujols is simply the best hitter in the NL in many minds, and it’s hard to argue with it. Despite a few other potential All-Stars here, I am going with Pujols.
Albert Pujols – St. Louis .302/15/50/.962 ops
Second Base - I really don’t see any other possible player here except Martin Prado. Prado is playing out of this world so far. Leading the league in hits and adding a little power and run production, Prado seems to be the easy choice here.
Martin Prado – Atlanta .340/7/31/.865 ops
Third Base – There are a few solid prospects here. I am not sure Scott Rolen is getting his due, but I am going to go with David Wright. With his added ability to steal a base, I think he comes out on top among the 3rd sackers.
David Wright – New York .291/12/55/.896 ops
Shortstop – Despite his lack of respect for his boss, I think Hanley Ramirez is the clear choice. He is the real deal at shortstop with power, speed, and the ability to hit for average.
Hanley Ramirez – Florida .293/11/43/.878 ops
Outfield – I think the list of possible starters is at least 5 deep. I am going to start off with Andre Ethier. He is having a great season, and his upside is still yet to be seen fully. To round out the field I have teammates Ryan Braun and Corey Hart. Both are having solid years. Braun is one of the better hitters of his generation, and Hart is starting to come into his own with a great year so far.
Andre Ethier – Los Angeles .320/12/44/.965 ops
Ryan Braun – Milwaukee .310/10/46/.873 ops
Corey Hart – Milwaukee .268/18/53/.918 ops
Pitcher – I really don’t see any point in picking anybody other than Ubaldo Jimenez. His numbers are amazing this year. Throw in a no-hitter, and he is the clear choice.
Ubaldo Jimenez – Colorado 13-1 /1.15 era / 1.00 whip
So what do you think? Let me know who you think I missed, or overrated.
‘Till Next Time,