AL All-Stars 2014: Full List of Selections and Snubs After Voting Results

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIJuly 6, 2014

Los Angeles Angels' fielder Mike Trout yells out to Houston Astros center fielder George Springer for catching his fly ball for an out in the second inning of a baseball game on Friday, July 4, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
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The American League's stars have been aligned. Without question, its roster for the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Minnesota is a reflection of the best and brightest from the Junior Circuit. MLB tweeted the roster results on Sunday evening, including the final nominees for the fan vote and the reserves:

Here's a breakdown of the rosters for both teams with each player's full name:

MLB All-Star Rosters
American League StartersNational League Starters
Salvador Perez, C, Kansas City RoyalsYadier Molina, C, St. Louis Cardinals*
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Detroit TigersPaul Goldschmidt, 1B, Arizona Diamondbacks*
Robinson Cano, 2B, Seattle MarinersChase Utley, 2B, Philadelphia Phillies*
Derek Jeter, SS, New York YankeesTroy Tulowitzki, SS, Colorado Rockies*
Josh Donaldson, 3B, Oakland AthleticsAramis Ramirez, 3B, Milwaukee Brewers*
Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles AngelsAndrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates*
Jose Bautista, OF, Toronto Blue JaysCarlos Gomez, OF, Milwaukee Brewers*
Adam Jones, OF, Baltimore OriolesYasiel Puig, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers*
Nelson Cruz, DH, Baltimore OriolesGiancarlo Stanton, DH, Miami Marlins*
AL ReservesNL Reserves
Derek Norris, C, Oakland AthleticsJonathan Lucroy, C, Brewers
Kurt Suzuki, C, Minnesota TwinsDevin Mesoraco, C, Cincinnati Reds
Jose Abreu, 1B, Chicago White SoxFreddie Freeman, 1B, Atlanta Braves
Victor Martinez, 1B, Detroit TigersDee Gordon, 2B, Los Angeles Dodgers
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, Toronto Blue JaysDaniel Murphy, 2B, New York Mets
Brandon Moss, 1B/OF, Oakland AthleticsStarlin Castro, SS, Chicago Cubs
Jose Altuve, 2B, Houston AstrosTodd Frazier, 3B, Cincinnati Reds
Alexei Ramirez, SS, Chicago White SoxMatt Carpenter, 3B, St. Louis Cardinals
Adrian Beltre, 3B, Texas RangersJosh Harrison, IF/OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
Yoenis Cespedes, OF, Oakland AthleticsCharlie Blackmon, OF, Colorado Rockies
Alex Gordon, OF, Kansas City RoyalsHunter Pence, OF, San Francisco Giants
Michael Brantley, OF, Cleveland Indians
AL PitchersNL Pitchers
Yu Darvish, RHP, Texas RangersJohnny Cueto, RHP, Cincinnati Reds
Max Scherzer, RHP, Detroit TigersClayton Kershaw, LHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
Felix Hernandez, RHP, Seattle MarinersZack Greinke, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
Masahiro Tanaka, RHP, New York YankeesMadison Bumgarner, LHP, San Francisco Giants
Jon Lester, LHP, Boston Red SoxAdam Wainwright, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals
David Price, LHP, Tampa Bay RaysTyson Ross, RHP, San Diego Padres
Scott Kazmir, LHP, Oakland AthleticsJordan Zimmermann, RHP, Washington Nationals
Mark Buehrle, LHP, Toronto Blue JaysJulio Teheran, RHP, Atlanta Braves
Sean Doolittle, LHP, Oakland AthleticsCraig Kimbrel, RHP Atlanta Braves
Greg Holland, RHP, Kansas City RoyalsAroldis Chapman, LHP, Cincinnati Reds
Glen Perkins, LHP, Minnesota TwinsFrancisco Rodriguez, RHP, Milwaukee Brewers
Dellin Betances, RHP, New York YankeesTony Watson, LHP, Pittsburgh Pirates
Pat Neshek, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals
per MLB.com

While every player honored has a strong case for inclusion, some are more worthy than others. Here's a look at the guys who have been absolute monsters through the first half of the season.

 

The No Doubters

Mike Trout, 3rd Selection

KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 29:  Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrates with teammates after scoring in the first inning during a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on June 29, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo
Ed Zurga/Getty Images

So much for feeling the pressure of signing a huge contract. After inking a six-year, $144.5 million extension with the Los Angeles Angels, a normal man might have struggled as he tried to live up to the mammoth deal.

Well, Mike Trout is no normal man. 

Through 82 games, the 22-year-old force of nature is hitting .308 with 20 home runs and 63 RBI. He's well on his way to toppling his previous career highs in the latter two categories.

If the season ended today, he'd get a ton of first-place MVP votes, and he'd be as deserving of them as he is a starting spot for the American League All-Stars.

Trout thanked the fans for voting him as a starter shortly after the announcements came through.

 

Edwin Encarnacion, 2nd Selection

Ben Margot/Associated Press

It's a bittersweet occasion for Edwin Encarnacion. The Toronto Blue Jays slugger is second in the major leagues in home runs and RBI with 26 and 70, respectively, but he won't be able to play in the All-Star Game.

Per Shi Davidi of SportsNet, Encarnacion is headed for the disabled list after suffering a quadriceps injury:

Without a question, Encarnacion is in the early conversation for MVP with Trout, though one of his teammates may be stealing a few of his votes. It's a shame Double E won't get a chance to perform in Minnesota.

The Home Run Derby and All-Star Game will miss his presence.

 

Jose Bautista, 5th Selection

TORONTO, CANADA - JULY 2: Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays circles the bases after hitting a solo home run in the first inning during MLB game action against the Milwaukee Brewers on July 2, 2014 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Ph
Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

That aforementioned, vote-stealing, Blue Jays teammate is Jose Bautista. The two-time home run king is at it again this season. 

He has 17 dingers, but the 33-year-old veteran has transformed himself into more of a complete hitter. Bautista is hitting .300 and could top that benchmark for just the second time in his career if he maintains or exceeds the pace he set in the first half of the season.

Bautista's eye at the plate has seemingly returned. He's already drawn 60 bases on balls after earning just 59 and 69 in 2012 and 2013, respectively. In his two huge years with Toronto, Bautista walked an average of 116 times.

He's on pace to fit into that slot again in 2014.

 

Biggest Snubs

It wouldn't be All-Star season without a spirited debate about players who were snubbed. Here's the biggest snubs from the pool of position players and pitchers.

 

Alcides Escobar, Kansas City Royals

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 6: Shorstop Alcides Escobar #2 of the Kansas City Royals throws out Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians at first during the eighth inning at Progressive Field on July 6, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Royals
Jason Miller/Getty Images

With all due respect to the great Derek Jeter who is playing in his last season and All-Star Game, Alcides Escobar has been better than the Captain in every way in 2014.

The 27-year-old shortstop is hitting 18 points higher than Jeter, has a higher on-base percentage, more RBI and he's stolen 21 bases compared to the future Hall of Famer's six.

Some fans may turn a blind eye because of the sentimental value, but this still qualifies as a snub.

 

Jeff Samardzija, Oakland A's

OAKLAND, CA - JULY 06:  Jeff Samardzija #29 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning at O.co Coliseum on July 6, 2014 in Oakland, California.  Samardzija is pitching his first game for the Athletics.  (Photo by Ez
Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

This one is clearly because of a technicality, but it's still a snub. Jeff Samardzija was traded from the Chicago Cubs to the Oakland Athletics on Friday, and the deal left the ace without a league to represent.

Despite the fact that Samardzija was selected as a member of the National League squad, he's now part of an American League team.

Since he hasn't performed long enough to garner a spot based on his work with the A's, he will be inactive for the All-Star Game.

WSCR's Bruce Levine breaks down Samardzija's All-Star predicament:

Well, at least he's likely headed for the postseason with Oakland, the team with the best record in the majors. That wasn't the case in Chicago. Samardzija will almost certainly take the trade-off.