MLB fans involved in the 2013 All-Star Game voting process actually gave starting nods to position players who performed well during the first half of the season, which isn't always the case.
Of course, not every selection was equally justified, though, and these power rankings will make that abundantly clear.
Factors such as durability and consistency affected each players' ultimate placement, as did comparisons to others who share their league and position. Popularity and marketability, however, did not affect the rankings.
Miguel Cabrera, Yadier Molina and Robinson Cano—to name a few—have replicated and even outdone their excellent 2012 campaigns. However, they're sharing lineups with less deserving individuals who were bolstered by personal history and/or their fanbase's enthusiasm.
By isolating the numbers and circumstances from everything else, we'll arrive at the truth, and we'll use the following space to evaluate all 17 fan-elected starters (and NL DH Michael Cuddyer) based on their contributions thus far.
*First-half stats provided by FanGraphs.