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

SARASOTA, FL - FEBRUARY 23:  Shortstop J.J. Hardy #2 of the Baltimore Orioles talks with a coach during batting practice just before the start of the Grapefruit League Spring Training Game against the Minnesota Twins at Ed Smith Stadium on February 23, 2013 in Sarasota, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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Jesse ReedCorrespondent IJuly 16, 2013

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 LeagueNational League
Starters
Pos.PlayerTeamPos.PlayerTeam
SPMax ScherzerDetroit TigersSPMatt HarveyNew York Mets
1BChris DavisBaltimore Orioles1BJoey VottoCincinnati Reds
2BRobinson CanoNew York Yankees2BBrandon PhillipsCincinnati Reds
3BMiguel CabreraDetroit Tigers3BDavid WrightNew York Mets
SSJ.J. HardyBaltimore OriolesSSTroy TulowitzkiColorado Rockies
LFMike TroutL.A. AngelsLFCarlos GonzalezColorado Rockies
CFAdam JonesBaltimore OriolesCFBryce HarperWashington Nationals
RFJose BautistaToronto Blue JaysRFCarlos BeltranSt. Louis Cardinals
DHDavid OrtizBoston Red SoxDHMichael CuddyerColorado Rockies
CJoe MauerMinnesota TwinsCYadier MolinaSt. Louis Cardinals
Reserves
1BPrince FielderDetroit Tigers1BPaul GoldschmidtArizona Diamondbacks
2BJason KipnisCleveland Indians1B Allen CraigSt. Louis Cardinals
2BDustin PedroiaBoston Red Sox1B Freddie FreemanAtlanta Braves
2BBen ZobristTampa Bay Rays2B Matt CarpenterSt. Louis Cardinals
3BManny MachadoBaltimore Orioles2B Marco ScutaroSan Francisco Giants
SSJhonny PeraltaDetroit Tigers3B Pedro AlvarezPittsburgh Pirates
OFNelson CruzTexas RangersSS Everth CabreraSan Diego Padres
OFAlex GordonKansas City RoyalsSS Jean SeguraMilwaukee Brewers
OFTorii HunterDetroit TigersOFDomonic BrownPhiladelphia Phillies
DHEdwin EncarnacionToronto Blue JaysOF Carlos GomezMilwaukee Brewers
CJason CastroHouston AstrosOF Andrew McCutchenPittsburgh Pirates
CSalvador PerezKansas City RoyalsCBuster PoseySan Francisco Giants
LHPBrett CecilToronto Blue JaysBrian McCannAtlanta Braves
LHPGlen PerkinsMinnesota TwinsLHPMadison BumgarnerSan Francisco Giants
LHPChris SaleChicago White SoxLHP Aroldis ChapmanCincinnati Reds
RHPGrant BalfourOakland AthleticsLHP Patrick CorbinArizona Diamondbacks
RHPClay BuchholzBoston Red SoxLHPClayton KershawL.A. Dodgers
RHPBartolo ColonOakland AthleticsLHPCliff LeePhiladelphia Phillies
RHPJesse CrainChicago White SoxLHP Jeff LockePittsburgh Pirates
RHPYu DarvishTexas RangersLHP Travis WoodChicago Cubs
RHPSteve DelabarToronto Blue JaysRHPJose FernandezMiami Marlins
RHPFelix HernandezSeattle MarinersRHPJason GrilliPittsburgh Pirates
RHPGreg HollandKansas City RoyalsRHPCraig KimbrelAtlanta Braves
RHPHisashi IwakumaSeattle MarinersRHPMark MelanconPittsburgh Pirates
RHPJustin MastersonCleveland IndiansRHPSergio RomoSan Francisco Giants
RHPMatt MooreTampa Bay RaysRHPAdam WainwrightSt. Louis Cardinals
RHPJoe NathanTexas RangersRHP Jordan ZimmermannWashington Nationals
RHPMariano RiveraNew York Yankees   
RHPChris TillmanBaltimore Orioles   
RHPJustin VerlanderDetroit 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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