MLB All-Star Lineup 2014: Hitters Who Will Light Up Target Field

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIJuly 13, 2014

New York Yankees Derek Jeter reacts as he hits into a third-inning, run-scoring, double play in the Yankees home baseball opener against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium in New York, Monday, April 7, 2014.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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Every hitter who will be in the American or National League dugout has the ability to have a big day at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game. But a few players stand to make this year's Midsummer Classic their own personal showcase.

Here's a look at the full lineup and three players to watch for MVP-caliber performances on Tuesday.

2014 MLB All-Star Game Rosters
American LeagueNational League
Salvador Perez, C, Kansas City Royals*Yadier Molina, C, St. Louis Cardinals*
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Detroit Tigers*Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Arizona Diamondbacks*
Robinson Cano, 2B, Seattle Mariners*Chase Utley, 2B, Philadelphia Phillies*
Derek Jeter, SS, New York Yankees*Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Colorado Rockies*
Josh Donaldson, 3B, Oakland Athletics*Aramis Ramirez, 3B, Milwaukee Brewers*
Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels*Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates*
Jose Bautista, OF, Toronto Blue Jays*Carlos Gomez, OF, Milwaukee Brewers*
Adam Jones, OF, Baltimore Orioles*Yasiel Puig, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers*
Nelson Cruz, DH, Baltimore Orioles*Giancarlo Stanton, DH, Miami Marlins*
AL ReservesNL Reserves
Derek Norris, C, Oakland AthleticsJonathan Lucroy, C, Milwaukee 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 IndiansMiguel Montero, C, Arizona Diamondbacks 
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
Fernando Rodney, RHP, Seattle MarinersPat Neshek, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals
 Henderson Alvarez, RHP, Miami Marlins

Derek Jeter, New York Yankees

Kathy Willens/Associated Press

Call it sentimental, but there's good reason to think Jeter could have a big game. First off, he'll likely get a long stay in the game considering this is his last All-Star appearance.

A five- or six-inning stay could generate more opportunities to shine.

Second, he's done pretty well in his at-bats at Target Field. In 13 games, Jeter is hitting .302 with a home run and four RBI.

Obviously, he won't be facing any Minnesota Twins pitchers during the game, but there's enough logic, sentiment and statistical background to suggest Jeter could play well.

Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch says Fox has some special Jeter-centric coverage in store for fans:

How cool would it be if Jeter won the MVP while being mic'd up?

Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

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If you're looking for a guy who absolutely tears it up at Target Field, Miggy is your man. He's hitting .345 with six home runs and 33 RBI in Minny. In ballparks where he's played at least 25 games, his average is the third-highest at Target Field.

Factor in that Cabrera has been hot lately, and that makes him even more of a threat to do damage. In his last three games, he is 5-for-11 with six RBI.

Cabrera might be the most dangerous hitter in the game on Tuesday.

Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies

DENVER, CO - JULY 11: Troy Tulowitzki #2 of the Colorado Rockies hits a two run home run during the third inning against the Minnesota Twins at Coors Field on July 11, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

Despite playing for a bad Colorado Rockies team all season, Tulowitzki has been the best position player in the National League this season.

He is tied for the National League lead in runs created and home runs and leads the league in hitting, on-base percentage, slugging and OPS.

Tulo is a coveted man by contenders, and he has said he is open to leaving the Rockies to join a winning ballclub. Per Mark Kiszla of The Denver Post, Tulowitzki said: "In Todd Helton, there's someone who's easy to look at his career here and how it played out. I have the utmost respect for Todd, but at the same time, I don't want to be the next in line as somebody who was here for a long time and didn't have a chance to win every single year."

The All-Star Game will be just another opportunity for Tulowitzki to shine in front of potential suitors.

Statistics per Baseball Reference.


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