It must suck to be JP Riccardi with the way Vernon Wells and Alex Rios are playing. Rios, after prematurely being labeled a bust for the White Sox last year, has changed his swing for the better.
Stats: .307 BA, 13 HR, 42 RBI, .885 OPS, 21 SB
Reserves: Vernon Wells (Toronto Blue Jays) is second among AL outfielders in OPS and home runs and seventh in RBI.
Brennan Boesch (Detroit Tigers) is a frontrunner for AL Rookie of the Year. Compare his numbers now to Evan Longoria's in 2008 when he made the team as a rookie:
Longoria (Pre-ASG '08): 306 AB, .275 BA, 16 HR, 53 RBI, .861 OPS
Boesch (Pre-ASG '10): 211 AB, .332 BA, 12 HR, 45 RBI, .982 OPS
Torii Hunter (Los Angeles Angels) is second among AL outfielders in RBI and eighth in OPS.
Shin-soo Choo (Cleveland Indians) gets a spot because there is no other worthy player from Cleveland (13 HR, 43 RBI).
Nick Swisher (New York Yankees) is having an outstanding year being top seven in OPS, home runs, and RBI.
Also considered: Ichiro (Seattle Mariners), Carl Crawford (Tampa Bay Rays), David DeJesus (Kansas City Royals), Delmon Young (Minnesota Twins), Jose Bautista (Toronto Blue Jays)
Who will actually start: Carl Crawford