2013 MLB All-Star Game Roster: Underrated Players Who Will Steal Spotlight

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2013 MLB All-Star Game Roster: Underrated Players Who Will Steal Spotlight
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As you'd expect, the 2013 MLB All Star Game features two loaded rosters as the best of the best have gathered in one place for the Midsummer Classic.

MLB on Twitter announced the starting lineups for both sides on Monday, July 15:

After a thrilling Home Run Derby on Monday night, won by Yoenis Cespedes of the Oakland Athletics, Tuesday's All-Star Game will be no less exciting.

Beginning at 8 p.m. ET at Citi Field, the American League and National League will play against one another for the 84th time, with the winning side earning home-field advantage in the World Series.

Here's a full breakdown of both rosters, followed by a closer look at a few underrated players who will shine in the spotlight. 

 

*Note: Underrated is a relative term, here. All of the players in the game are veritable stars, but some have been hyped far more than others. 

 

 2013 MLB All-Star Game Roster (via MLB.com)

American League National League
Starters
Pos. Player Team Pos. Player Team
SP Max Scherzer Detroit Tigers SP Matt Harvey New York Mets
1B Chris Davis Baltimore Orioles 1B Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds
2B Robinson Cano New York Yankees 2B Brandon Phillips Cincinnati Reds
3B Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers 3B David Wright New York Mets
SS J.J. Hardy Baltimore Orioles SS Troy Tulowitzki Colorado Rockies
LF Mike Trout L.A. Angels LF Carlos Gonzalez Colorado Rockies
CF Adam Jones Baltimore Orioles CF Bryce Harper Washington Nationals
RF Jose Bautista Toronto Blue Jays RF Carlos Beltran St. Louis Cardinals
DH David Ortiz Boston Red Sox DH Michael Cuddyer Colorado Rockies
C Joe Mauer Minnesota Twins C Yadier Molina St. Louis Cardinals
Reserves
1B Prince Fielder Detroit Tigers 1B Paul Goldschmidt Arizona Diamondbacks
2B Jason Kipnis Cleveland Indians 1B  Allen Craig St. Louis Cardinals
2B Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox 1B  Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves
2B Ben Zobrist Tampa Bay Rays 2B  Matt Carpenter St. Louis Cardinals
3B Manny Machado Baltimore Orioles 2B  Marco Scutaro San Francisco Giants
SS Jhonny Peralta Detroit Tigers 3B  Pedro Alvarez Pittsburgh Pirates
OF Nelson Cruz Texas Rangers SS  Everth Cabrera San Diego Padres
OF Alex Gordon Kansas City Royals SS  Jean Segura Milwaukee Brewers
OF Torii Hunter Detroit Tigers OF Domonic Brown Philadelphia Phillies
DH Edwin Encarnacion Toronto Blue Jays OF  Carlos Gomez Milwaukee Brewers
C Jason Castro Houston Astros OF  Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates
C Salvador Perez Kansas City Royals C Buster Posey San Francisco Giants
LHP Brett Cecil Toronto Blue Jays Brian McCann Atlanta Braves
LHP Glen Perkins Minnesota Twins LHP Madison Bumgarner San Francisco Giants
LHP Chris Sale Chicago White Sox LHP  Aroldis Chapman Cincinnati Reds
RHP Grant Balfour Oakland Athletics LHP  Patrick Corbin Arizona Diamondbacks
RHP Clay Buchholz Boston Red Sox LHP Clayton Kershaw L.A. Dodgers
RHP Bartolo Colon Oakland Athletics LHP Cliff Lee Philadelphia Phillies
RHP Jesse Crain Chicago White Sox LHP  Jeff Locke Pittsburgh Pirates
RHP Yu Darvish Texas Rangers LHP  Travis Wood Chicago Cubs
RHP Steve Delabar Toronto Blue Jays RHP Jose Fernandez Miami Marlins
RHP Felix Hernandez Seattle Mariners RHP Jason Grilli Pittsburgh Pirates
RHP Greg Holland Kansas City Royals RHP Craig Kimbrel Atlanta Braves
RHP Hisashi Iwakuma Seattle Mariners RHP Mark Melancon Pittsburgh Pirates
RHP Justin Masterson Cleveland Indians RHP Sergio Romo San Francisco Giants
RHP Matt Moore Tampa Bay Rays RHP Adam Wainwright St. Louis Cardinals
RHP Joe Nathan Texas Rangers RHP  Jordan Zimmermann Washington Nationals
RHP Mariano Rivera New York Yankees      
RHP Chris Tillman Baltimore Orioles      
RHP Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers      

 

J.J. Hardy, SS, American League

At the age of 30, Hardy is participating in his second career All-Star contest—his first coming back in 2007. During that game, Hardy was a reserve and only took one at-bat, which resulted in a walk.

This year Hardy will be starting at shortstop for the American League and will be batting ninth in the order. Given the amount of firepower in the starting lineup, it's not a surprise that he's been relegated to the back of the order, but it doesn't mean he won't have a big impact on the game.

Though not a particularly strong hitter based on average, Hardy has the power to make a big play with one swing of his bat. With 16 home runs and 52 RBI to his credit thus far in 2013, he's flying under the radar as a legitimate power hitter this year. 

 

Joe Mauer, C, American League

Buster Posey has stolen the limelight as the most potent offensive catcher in the big leagues the past few years, but it wasn't too long ago that Mauer was garnering such praise.

After missing extensive action and suffering through the most miserable season as a pro in 2011, Mauer has made a brilliant recovery. This season, he's batting .320 with eight home runs and 32 RBI—not numbers that jump out at you, but there's no doubt he can still swing the bat.

This is just a hunch, but I expect Mauer to put on a show on Tuesday night. 

 

Michael Cuddyer, DH, National League

Cuddyer has been playing in the big leagues for a long time. At the age of 34, he's in his 13th season as a pro, and like a fine wine, he's gotten better with age.

Should he keep up his fine play in 2013, Cuddyer is on pace to have the best statistical season of his career. Batting .330 with 16 home runs and 55 RBI at the break, he has gone under the national radar playing for the Colorado Rockies.

Last night in the Home Run Derby, Cuddyer acquitted himself well, hitting 15 dingers in the first two rounds before being eliminated. 

He's going to be batting eighth for the National League in the All-Star Game, where he will essentially be the team's second cleanup hitter. Look for a big showing from this veteran, who likely knows he doesn't have many more chances of making his mark on history.

 

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