The American League second base position League was one of the tougher All-Star calls.
While the power and the run production (14 home runs, 54 RBI) have certainly been there for Cano this year, his plate discipline (.339 on base average, 4.7 percent walks) has not.
Combine this with his sub-par defense (-3.0 UZR), and Cano's candidacy as the American League's starting second baseman becomes questionable.
Cano's WAR (2.5) is only the fifth best among AL second baseman. Ben Zobrist (4.0), Dustin Pedroia (3.8), Howie Kendrick (3.7), and Ian Kinsler (3.4) all rank ahead of Cano in WAR.
Ben Zobrist is one of the biggest All-Star snubs this year and certainly deserves the nod at second base. The facts that he plays multiple positions in a small market appear to have hurt his All-Star chances.
While Dustin Pedroia has been phenomenal defensively all season, he's been streaky at the plate, only coming into his own offensively in recent weeks.
Meanwhile, Kendrick's relative anonymity and Kinsler's low batting average (.238) probably scared voters off at the polls. You could make legitimate cases for a number of different AL second baseman, but Cano certainly ranks among the best in terms of raw offensive ability and power at the plate. This marks his third career All-Star appearance.