Currently, there is one more spot available for the American League and the National League all-star teams. Barring multiple injuries, this will be the last chance for the following ten players to be elected into the MLB All-Star Game:
- Andrew Benintendi, Boston Red Sox
- Eddie Rosario, Minnesota Twins
- Jean Segura, Seattle Mariners
- Andrelton Simmons, Los Angeles Angels
- Giancarlo Stanton, New York Yankees
- Jesus Aguilar, Milwaukee Brewers
- Brandon Belt, San Francisco Giants
- Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals
- Max Muncy, Los Angeles Dodgers
- Trea Turner, Washington Nationals
My picks are
- Segura (AL)
- Aguilar (NL)
Aguilar has the best batting average, most RBIs, and most homers out of the National League final vote candidates. He is a no-brainer in this situation.
Segura lost out on a competitive AL shortstop race that featured Machado winning the starting position and Lindor powering his way to the reserve spot. Segura had a better batting average than both, however, he lacked the power numbers; both Machado and Lindor have over 20 homers, while Segura has seven entering Monday. With the exception of Simmons, I can see the other four final candidates grab the final spot; Stanton has the most homers and plays for a huge market in New York, Benintendi has the most RBIs and another big fanbase in Boston, Rosario has a great balance of power and contact, while Segura has one of the best batting averages in baseball. Simmons is a good player, no doubt, but he just has not put up the numbers or shown to have as much of an impact on a team as the other four finalists have.
Segura gets my vote because I am a big sucker for batting average, and he is a huge reason why the Mariners own the fourth best record in baseball.
Voting ends on July 11th, so be sure to vote!