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Sunday, June 04, 2017

Still-too-early All-Star rosters: Which NL first baseman gets snubbed?

This is where it gets tougher. The AL is limited to just two free selections here because it also carries a backup DH. Teams also usually carry three catchers, so the two free picks were Xander Bogaerts and Gary Sanchez (in a very weak group of catchers). Alonso is the clear choice as the backup first baseman and the only A’s representative. Robinson Cano is having another strong season at a traditionally deep position that hasn’t been as deep this year because of slow starts by Brian Dozier, Ian Kinsler and Dustin Pedroia. Jose Ramirez slides in on merit as I take him over Machado. Dickerson is the clear choice as backup DH.

Where it gets difficult is in the outfield, a pretty weak position in the AL. I just couldn’t bring myself to think of Avisail Garcia as an All-Star, despite his strong start. Sorry, White Sox fans. George Springer makes it on the strength of 13 home runs and good defense, and Jose Bautista has overcome a terrible start to put up respectable numbers. Plus, Bautista in the All-Star Game is fun.

I’m not sure I completely buy Steven Souza’s start, but unlike Garcia, he has a strong walk rate that suggests he can sustain this production. I took him over Blue Jays defensive whiz Kevin Pillar, who is having a solid year at the plate. It would be fun to find a spot for Astros utility man Marwin Gonzalez, who continues to rake.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 04, 2017 at 11:19 PM | 25 comment(s)
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