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