My personal predictions for the All Pro MLB team for 2010. I looked at last season stats and mixed it with age, experience and injuries. Most of these players had career years last season or I think are going to have their career year this year. I also tried to look at where they play to show the amount of publicity they will get in 2010. I am probobly the only person who will write this type of article with only won Yankee in it, I just didnt think they were going to be that good. I also dont have any Red Sox so i guess that I didnt do a very good job looking at the markets of each team but I just didnt think that any of them were really going to stand out this season.
Joe Mauer - Catcher
Joe Mauer just signed a 8 year 184 million dollar concract with the Twins after having a career year in 2009 with a .365 batting average (won the batting title), 28 home runs (career high for a season), 96 RBI (career high) and a .444 OBA (career high). as you can see that is a career high in every catagory and he is poised to have an even better year in 2010.
Albert Pujols - 1st Base
Albert is for sure the best first baseman in the league and the only people that will argue are stupid Phillie and Brewer fans. Last season he had a .327 batting average (career high is .359), 47 home runs (2nd in career behind 2006 when he hit 49, 135 RBI (career high is 137) and a .443 OBP (career hgih is .462). Unlike Joe Mauer he did not set career highs in every catagory but he was close in all of them and will be the best first baseman in the league once again in 2010
Chase Utley - 2nd Base
Last year Chase had career highs in walks and stolen bases. He had a .282 batting average (career high is .332), 31 home runs (career high is 33), 93 RBI (career low in full season) and a .397 OBP (career high is .410). He is starting to decline off his peak and he is 31 but I believe he is still the best second baseman in the league.
David Wright - Third Base
In 2009 David set career highs in nothing good (he did set a career high for strikeouts and caught stealing) but he did not hit that well because part way through the season he was hit in the head with a fastball. I believe this year will be a career year for Wright now that he is used to new Citi Field and knows how to hit there.
Hanely Ramirez- Short Stop
In 2009 Hanely set career highs in RBI's, batting average and OPS. The NL East has many good short stops such as Jimmy Rollins and Jose Reyes but Hanely is the best in the league to me. I believe that he is going to have a great year in 2010 and lead his team through the playoff hunt and into the post-season.
Carl Craford - Left Field
Carl is possibly the fastest player in the league. In 2009 he tied the record for most steals in a single game and should have broke it if one of the throughs to second hadnt been high and he took third. He stole 60 bases last season and has been working on getting a better jump this offseason which is why i believe he will get somewhere around 70-85 steals this season. He is obviosly deserving to be on the all pro team.
Andrew McCutchen - Center Field
Last year in his rookie season Andrew hit .286, 12 home runs and 54 RBI in just 108 games. Look at a this other rookie seasons Ken Griffey JR. .264, 16 and 61. in Jr's second season he hit .300, 22 and 80. Comparing these two may be crazy but their rookie seasons do seam pretty similar. If Andrew can follow the same increase pattern that Jr. did then he will be the best center fielder in the league.
Justin Upton - Right Field
I know the Diamondbacks will probobly move him to center pretty soon but for now he is still in right and he is great. Last year he set career highs in every single offensive catagory. He is coming into his prime and he will be the best right fielder in the league. If he follows the progression pattern that he has been during his career he will be setting multiple single season records very soon.
Tim Lincecum - Starting Pitcher
Tim has won two straight Cy Young awards (even though he didnt deserve the second one). In the past two years he has won 33 games and only lost 12. His career ERA is 2.90. You read that right 2.90. He has 6 complete games and 3 shut outs. He is the best pitcher in the major league.
Mariano Rivera - Closer
Is there really any argument against MO. The only person that stands a chance at having an argument is Joe Nathen and guess what he is having Tommy John surgery and will not pitch this season.