MLB All-Star Voting Results 2014: Final Predictions for AL Starting Roster

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MLB All-Star Voting Results 2014: Final Predictions for AL Starting Roster
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Voting for the 2014 MLB All-Star Game has officially come to a close.

As the Midsummer Classic approaches, all we can do now is speculate which players will earn enough votes to make the team and a starting role in the game.

The American League featured several close positional battles from the last time MLB.com released the standings. We won't know the official results until rosters are announced on Sunday.

While we await the highly anticipated unveiling, let's take a stab at predicting the AL's starters for this year's All-Star Game.

 

Catcher

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Catcher Vote Leaders
Player Team Votes
Matt Wieters Baltimore Orioles 2,103,385
Derek Norris Oakland Athletics 1,924,049
Brian McCann New York Yankees 1,624,214
Kurt Suzuki Minnesota Twins 1,025,717
A.J. Pierzynski Boston Red Sox 925,996

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The last time these votes were tallied, Matt Wieters topped the list. Since then, he's unfortunately been forced to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery.

This brings us to a two-horse race between Derek Norris and Brian McCann. The edge has to go to McCann. He's played in more games this season, has a better fielding percentage at .998—leading all AL catchers—and has been powerful at the plate, boasting 10 home runs and 37 RBI despite a .224 batting average.

McCann has been his own worst critic, according to a tweet from Bryan Hoch of MLB.com:

Perhaps a start in the Midsummer Classic would change his tune.

Prediction: McCann

 

First Base

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First Base Vote Leaders
Player Team Votes
Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers 3,323,380
Jose Abreu Chicago White Sox 1,801,592
Chris Davis Baltimore Orioles 1,292,412
Albert Pujols Los Angeles Angels 1,190,751
Mark Teixeira New York Yankees 877,468

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There's really not much of a competition at first base. Miguel Cabrera is running away with the voting, and rightfully so.

Solid on offense and defense, Cabrera has a .316 batting average with 100 hits, 32 doubles, 14 home runs, 67 RBI and a fielding percentage of .993.

He's been showing no signs of slowing down lately:

Jose Abreu has been tremendous as well, displaying some great power, but Cabrera has been more consistent.

Prediction: Cabrera 

 

Second Base

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Second Base Vote Leaders
Player Team Votes
Robinson Cano Seattle Mariners 2,474,924
Ian Kinsler Detroit Tigers 1,603,185
Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox 1,477,800
Jose Altuve Houston Astros 1,312,805
Brian Dozier Minnesota Twins 994,447

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Like the battle for first base, second base shouldn't be all that close. Robinson Cano is boasting an impressive .323 batting average, producing 101 hits, 19 doubles, six home runs and 51 RBI. He also holds a .991 fielding percentage with just three errors this season.

Here's a telling tweet from Bob Nightengale of USA Today regarding Cano and the Mariners' success:

Ian Kinsler and Dustin Pedroia have been solid as well, but the gap simply appears too large to close.

Prediction: Cano

 

Third Base

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Third Base Vote Leaders
Player Team Votes
Josh Donaldson Oakland Athletics 2,943,332
Adrian Beltre Texas Rangers 1,730,748
Evan Longoria Tampa Bay Rays 1,457,752
Manny Machado Baltimore Orioles 1,409,804
Brett Lawrie Toronto Blue Jays 865,684

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It appears power will win the right to start at third base for the AL. While David Freese has the position's best fielding percentage, he was nowhere near the top of the standings the last time they were released by MLB.com.

So, we turn to hitting.

Josh Donaldson is far and away the most powerful hitter at third base for the AL this season. He holds a .245 batting average and has accumulated 80 hits, 12 doubles, 18 home runs and 61 RBI. He's hit five more balls out of the park than anyone else at the position.

He has been clutch at the plate for the A's all season long:

Prediction: Donaldson 

 

Shortstop

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Shortstop Vote Leaders
Player Team Votes
Derek Jeter New York Yankees 2,924,686
Alexei Ramirez Chicago White Sox 2,325,527
J.J. Hardy Baltimore Orioles 1,534,547
Jose Reyes Toronto Blue Jays 1,008,063
Jed Lowrie Oakland Athletics 732,766

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The last time the standings were released, Derek Jeter had a slight lead on Alexei Ramirez.

Jeter has been playing well this year, holding a .975 fielding percentage and batting .268 with 80 hits, nine doubles, two home runs and 21 RBI; however, Ramirez has simply been much better.

He's playing well defensively with a fielding percentage of .976, but his hitting has been even better. Ramirez is batting .294 with 97 hits, 14 doubles, eight home runs and 41 RBI.

Here's yet another fine reason why Ramirez should be getting the start:

It would be nice to see Jeter take the field in what appears to be his last season in the league, but Ramirez is the right choice here.

Prediction: Ramirez

 

Outfield

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Outfield Vote Leaders
Player Team Votes
Jose Bautista Toronto Blue Jays 4,460,245
Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels 4,085,647
Yoenis Cespedes Oakland Athletics 1,941,553
Melky Cabrera Toronto Blue Jays 1,929,506
Adam Jones Baltimore Orioles 1,853,268
Michael Brantley Cleveland Indians 1,630,452
Jacoby Ellsbury New York Yankees 1,501,306
Nick Markakis Baltimore Orioles 1,382,329
Carlos Beltran New York Yankees 1,292,920
Torii Hunter Detroit Tigers 1,167,642

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With three starting spots up for grabs, the outfield becomes an intriguing race.

At center field, expect Mike Trout to get the nod. The 22-year-old phenom has continued his remarkable run this season with 95 hits, 23 doubles, five triples, 19 home runs and 62 RBI for a batting average of .314. No slouch on defense, he's also fielding .990.

He's certainly no slouch on defense at all:

At right field, Jose Bautista is running away with things. He has produced a stellar season at the plate with 86 hits, 15 doubles, 17 home runs and 51 RBI for a .303 batting average. His defense has been superb as well, as he holds a .986 fielding percentage.

So, who gets the third spot?

That would be Adam Jones. He ranks in the top 10 of AL center fielders with a .980 fielding percentage, but his prowess at the plate is what makes him stand out. With 107 hits, 18 doubles, 16 home runs, 53 RBI and a batting average of .308, he's far and away the most productive outfielder behind Trout and Bautista.

Prediction: Trout, Bautista and Jones

 

Voting results updated at MLB.com as of July 1.

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