My American League All-Stars: May
- •Catcher: Salvador Perez (KC)Next up: Brian McCann (NYY)... The catching situation is really weak in the AL. This might be a good spot to sneak a Minnesota Twin onto the roster. Kurt Suzuki has been awful this year, but no other Twin stands out. They need an All-Star, and the AL needs three catchers.
- •First Base: Miguel Cabrera (DET)Next up: Eric Hosmer (KC), Chris Davis (BAL)... Miggy Cabrera might be the hottest hitter in baseball right now. Hosmer is really starting to look like a star, after a big breakout last year.
- •Second Base: Jose Altuve (HOU)Next up: Ian Kinsler (DET), Robinson Cano (SEA)... Altuve is having a monster year. He’s got the fifth-best OPS+ in the AL and has really established himself as the best second baseman in the league the last few years. Nice to see Robinson Cano back to being Robinson Cano.
- •Shortstop: Xander Bogaerts (BOS)Next up: Francisco Lindor (CLE), Carlos Correa (HOU)... There was a time in the late 90s when it looked like Nomar Garciaparra, Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter would be the three AL shortstops every year. Would you believe that 2000, 2002 and 2006 were the only years all three of them made the All-Star Game? Anyway, these three guys might all deserve to start the game, and certainly look head and shoulders above the rest of the AL shortstops.
- •Third Base: Manny Machado (BAL)Next up: Nick Castellanos (DET), Travis Shaw (BOS), Kyle Seager (SEA)... Yikes, Manny Machado looks amazing. He’s hit .125 in his last 10 games and all that did was make his stratospheric numbers look... what’s the next layer down, the troposphere? His numbers are tropospheric. Looks like we’re going to get both Seager brothers into the All-Star Game, with Kyle’s brother Corey looking good in the NL. I think the last time that happened was 2003, when Aaron and Bret Boone both made it.
- •Outfield: Mike Trout (LAA), Jackie Bradley Jr. (BOS), Nomar Mazara (TEX)Next up: Adam Eaton (CHW), Josh Reddick (OAK), George Springer (HOU)... No explanation needed for Mike Trout. Jackie Bradley is currently six games away from tying the Boston Red Sox all-time record for consecutive games with a hit, as he looks for No. 29 in a row tonight. Mazara is your runaway leader for Rookie of the Year in the AL, as opposed to the NL, where four rookies are making a solid case. Mazara isn't on the ballot, so you'll have to write him in, unfortunately.
- •DH: David Ortiz (BOS)Next up: Victor Martinez (DET), Nelson Cruz (SEA)... Wow, what a swan song for David Ortiz, whose 188 OPS+ leads the league. Worth keeping an eye on this, it’s a virtual certainty that he’ll pass Ted Williams on the all time home run list (Ortiz: 514, Williams: 521).