June 25, 2007

My AL All-Stars (so far)

Catcher – Victor Martinez, Indians
Since Martinez broke onto the scene in 2004, he has been one of the Majors best catchers. This year, it’s no exception. He is currently hitting .318 with 14 Home Runs and 62 RBI’s. He also has a slugging % of .537 and an OPS of .914.
Honorable mention: Jorge Posada, Yankees.

1st Base – Justin Morneau, Twins
The reigning MVP is showing up all of the critics that said he didn’t deserve it. As of Sunday, he is hitting .278 with 20 Home Runs and 57 RBI’s. He slightly dropped off in June, but at the end of May he was hitting just under .300. Honorable Mention: David Ortiz, Red Sox.

2nd Base – B.J. Upton, Devil Rays
B.J. Upton sure has been a nice surprise for the Devil Rays this season. He first came up in 2004 and strugged as a 19-20 year old. He also didn’t fair very well in 2006. But so far this season, he is hitting .320 with 9 HR’s, 31 RBI’s, and 13 stolen bases. Honorable Mention: Brian Roberts, Orioles.

Short Stop – Carlos Guillen, Tigers
Carlos Guillen is definitely having one of the most unsung seasons, which I have seen in a while. He is currently hitting .322 with 12 HR’s and 53 RBI’s. One of the best things, that can’t been seen from these numbers are his stats in different situations. He is hitting .455 in 11 AB’s with the bases loaded, and .321 in 78 AB’s with RISP.
Honorable Mention: Orlando Cabrera, Angels.

Third Base – Alex Rodriguez, Yankees
Alex Rodriguez is putting together one of the best seasons in MLB history. He hit .355 with 14 HR’s and 34 RBI’s in the first month of the season. He is currently hitting .333 with 28 HR’s and 76 RBI’s. He is on pace to hit 62 HR’s with 171 RBI’s. Honorable Mention: Troy Glaus, Blue Jays.

Outfield – Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners
If there is any hitter in baseball (today) that can hit .400, this is the guy. He has always been a great hitter and a great fielder in his entire career. This season, he’s adding to his career numbers with 108 hits in the first 71 games. He is on pace to get 248 hits, which would mean he’s had at least 206 hits in every season in the majors. He is also hitting .361 with 5 HR’s and 37 RBI’s in the leadoff spot for the Mariners.

Outfield – Magglio Ordonez, Tigers
Mag’s is having a career year in 2007. He is currently hitting .381 with 13 HR’s and 68 RBI’s. He also has an OBP of .457, a SLG% of .653, and an OPS of 1.110. He is definitely the most deserving of all the AL outfielders of this spot.

Outfield – Vladimir Guerrero, Angels
Vlad may be the most consistant hitter in the league over the last 9 years or so. He is continuing to hit with power and average in 2007. So far he has 14 HR’s with 68 RBI’s while hitting .330. It’s also hard to argue about a player who has an OPS of 1.001. Honorable Mention: Torii Hunter, Twins.

Pitcher – Dan Haren, Athletics
Dan Haren is having a phenomenal season on the mound. He has only given up more than 2 runs in two starts (both were 3 runs that he gave up). So far, he is 9-2 with a 1.78 ERA. He has also pitched 3 shutouts. Honorable Mention: Johan Santana, Twins.

I will post my NL All-Stars on Tuesday.


Anonymous said...

Very nice list!! Good to see someone is picking up the slack while I missed a few days!


JST said...

Welcome to the Twins blogosphere, Josh -- says another Josh.