The 2013 MLB All-Star Game will feature the biggest names in all of baseball, with a number of players who certainly won’t disappoint on Tuesday at Citi Field in New York.
A lot of the attention the past couple weeks was on the Final Vote in the National League between Freddie Freeman and Yasiel Puig, but there are so many other big names to look for in both leagues this year.
Being recognized by the fans is certainly an honor for these players, especially when they’re voted into the All-Star Game by so many people. For those who received millions of votes, there are a few who will be ready to prove that they are truly some of the best players in the world.
Chris Davis, 1B, Baltimore Orioles
When it comes to true power hitters, how can you not like Chris Davis?
After hitting 33 home runs in 139 games last season, Davis already has 36 homers in just 94 games.
That’s right, he’s on pace to hit over 60 bombs in 2013.
Not only is he swinging for the fences, he’s also just simply getting hits. He’s batting .313 with a ridiculous slugging percentage of .702. He’s doing a great job of seeing the ball, and he’s certainly not shy of getting the bat on it.
Fans will likely see plenty of long balls from Davis in the Home Run Derby on Monday, but there’s also a chance he gets one, or even two, home runs in the big game on Tuesday. Regardless, Davis is bound to be the player to watch for in the American League.
David Wright, 3B, New York Mets
Despite playing on a team that’s continued to struggle the past few seasons, it feels like David Wright is still always one of the best players in baseball.
This year has been no different.
Things are looking good for Wright once again in 2013. He’s been batting .310 with an on-base percentage over .403, which are the highest marks in both categories for Wright since the 2007 season.
He also has 13 home runs, 49 runs, 44 RBI and 14 stolen bases to make for a very solid season at the halfway point.
Wright is no stranger to All-Star appearances, and he’s known to get some big hits in these games. If his impressive year is any indication of things to come, then Wright is bound to make some big plays on Tuesday.
Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels
Puig has been in the spotlight this year, but last year it was all about Bryce Harper and Mike Trout.
It seems like Trout is getting even better this season. His batting average may have dropped three points from 2012 to .323, but his on-base percentage has gone up to .402, and he’s only striking out on 16.5 percent of his plate appearances as opposed to 21.8 percent last season (h/t FanGraphs.com).
Along with being more disciplined, Trout is still putting up exciting numbers through 90 games. He already has 15 home runs, 64 runs, 59 RBI and 21 stolen bases.
He can really do it all.
The hype surrounding Trout may have died down a bit from last season, but he is still an absolutely incredible player. Expect some more electric plays coming from Trout during the game, and expect an incredible end to his 2013 season.