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Everyone has been watching Yasiel Puig lately.
With the exception of Mike Trout, the American League’s outfield would look a little different in a second-half All-Star Game. Trout has consistently been the American League’s best outfielder in 2013, posting a .362 batting average, 1.030 OPS, five home runs and nine stolen bases over the past two months.
The only player who has come close to Trout’s production has been Jacoby Ellsbury. Despite hitting .268 with a .710 OPS over his first two months, Ellsbury has been on fire since June. The Boston Red Sox outfielder has collected a .363 batting average, .916 OPS and 15 stolen bases.
Nelson Cruz saw some action in the All-Star Game this year but not as a starter. That would change in the second half. Since June, Cruz has hit nine home runs with a .297 batting average and .888 OPS. While Jose Bautista just has one less home run in the same span, he’s only batted .224.
Like Trout in the American League, Carlos Gonzalez would be the only starter remaining in the National League. "CarGo" has continued his torrid start, hitting .295 with 12 home runs and a .995 OPS since June.
Andrew McCutchen would also join Gonzalez in the outfield. McCutchen has been a hit machine as of late, posting a .324 batting average with three home runs, four stolen bases and an .897 OPS since June. As talented as Bryce Harper is, the star outfielder has only hit .196 since returning from injury in July.
The final addition to the National League is none other than Yasiel Puig. Almost elected to the final All-Star spot in the first half, Puig is deserving in the second half.
All eyes have been on Puig since the Los Angeles Dodgers promoted him in early June. And the Cuban import has not disappointed. He has mashed a .391 batting average, park-adjusted 190 OPS+ and eight home runs since June 3.