2011 MLB All-Star Game: American League (Most Deserving) Roster

Leo FlorkowskiAnalyst IIIMay 14, 2011

2011 MLB All-Star Game: American League (Most Deserving) Roster

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    Arizona this July
    Arizona this JulyChristian Petersen/Getty Images

    The roster I am proposing for this article is not a prediction of what I think the final roster will look like.  History has shown that fan voting and other hidden agendas tend to slightly skew the final roster from what it truly should resemble.  Instead, this will focus on who truly deserves to go to the 2011 MLB All-Star game as of right now.  Why right now?  We are almost halfway to the halfway point of the season, that's why.  All selection rules will apply (i.e. one player from every team, etc.).

First Base: Adrian Gonzalez, Boston Red Sox

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    BOSTON, MA - MAY 02:  Adrian Gonzalez #28 of the Boston Red Sox hits a 2RBI double in the seventh inning as Jeff Mathis #5 of the Los Angeles Angels defends on May 2, 2011 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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    Adrian Gonzalez has lived up to his new contract so far.  He is currently putting up a stat line of .329 BA, eight HR, 31 RBI and 24 R, in addition to the Gold Glove defense he provides.

Second Base: Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays

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    Ben Zobrist
    Ben ZobristHannah Foslien/Getty Images

    Zobrist had a monster doubleheader earlier this year that really put him on the map (he should have been there already).  He is currently putting up a stat line of .293 BA, eight HR, 27 RBI, 31 R and five SB.

Shortstop: Asdrubal Cabrera, Cleveland Indians

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    Asdrubal Cabrera
    Asdrubal CabreraJared Wickerham/Getty Images

    Asdrubal Cabrera is a big reason why the Cleveland Indians are off to such a hot start.  He has a current stat line of .288 BA, six HR, 25 RBI, 23 R and three SB.  He also plays Gold Glove defense up the middle.

Third Base: Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees

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    Alex Rodriguez
    Alex RodriguezChris Trotman/Getty Images

    Alex Rodriguez leads a surprising weak group at 3B.  His current stat line is a .261 BA, six HR, 22 RBI and 21 R.

Catcher: Alex Avila, Detroit Tigers

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    Alex Avila
    Alex AvilaGregory Shamus/Getty Images

    The odds in Vegas would have been through the roof for Alex Avila to have the best opening half for catchers in the American League.  However, with Mauer and Victor Martinez hurt and other young studs like Carlos Santana and Matt Wieters scuffling, Alex Avila has risen to the top so far.  His current stat line is a .273 BA, six HR, 24 RBI and 15 R.

Left Field: Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals

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    Alex Gordon
    Alex GordonKevork Djansezian/Getty Images

    Alex Gordon may finally be living up to his lofty draft status coming out of Nebraska.  The former 3B has been stellar in LF so far this year.  His current stat line is a .293 BA, three HR, 23 RBI, 25 R and four SB.

Center Field: Jacoby Ellsbury, Boston Red Sox

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    Jacoby Ellsbury
    Jacoby EllsburyElsa/Getty Images

    Finally back and healthy this year, Ellsbury has been a dynamo for the Red Sox so far this season.  His current stat line is a .295 BA, four HR, 17 RBI, 24 R and 12 SB.

Right Field: Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays

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    Jose Bautista
    Jose BautistaAbelimages/Getty Images

    If offensive numbers weren't down across the board and steroid testing wasn't in place, alarms would be going off everywhere.  Is he on something new and undetectable or is he just the greatest late bloomer of all-time?  He is putting up MVP-like numbers again this year after his breakout 50-plus HR performance last year.  His current stat line is a monstrous .365 BA, 12 HR, 21 RBI, 30 R and four SB.

Designated Hitter: Michael Young, Texas Rangers

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    Michael Young
    Michael YoungOtto Greule Jr/Getty Images

    I thought the Adrian Beltre signing was absurd before this season.  Young had something left in the tank.  Combine that with the current crop of 3B and it is a head-scratcher that no one stole him this off season from the Rangers.  His current stat line is a .353 BA, two HR, 29 RBI, 19 R and three SB.

Starting Pitcher: Trevor Cahill, Oakland Athletics

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    Trevor Cahill
    Trevor CahillEzra Shaw/Getty Images

    Trevor Cahill is the best of the young pitching studs Oakland currently has on their team.  He is currently 6-0 with a 1.72 ERA.

Backup Infielders

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    Miguel Cabrera
    Miguel CabreraAbelimages/Getty Images

    1B, Paul Konerko, Chicago White Sox

    1B, Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

    2B, Howie Kendrick, Los Angeles Angels

    2B, Robinson Cano, New York Yankees

    SS, Jhonny Peralta, Detroit Tigers

    3B, Alberto Callaspo, Los Angeles Angels

Backup Outfielders

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    IchiroOtto Greule Jr/Getty Images

    LF, Michael Brantley, Cleveland Indians

    CF, Curtis Granderson, New York Yankees

    RF, Jason Kubel, Minnesota Twins

    RF, Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle Mariners

Backup Catcher and Designated Hitter

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    PronkOtto Greule Jr/Getty Images

    Catcher, Russell Martin, New York Yankees

    Designated Hitter, Travis Hafner, Cleveland Indians

Remaining Starting Pitchers

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    Jered Weaver
    Jered WeaverStephen Dunn/Getty Images

    Dan Haren, Los Angeles Angels

    Jered Weaver, Los Angeles Angels

    Josh Beckett, Boston Red Sox

    David Price, Tampa Bay Rays

    James Shields, Tampa Bay Rays

    Zach Britton, Baltimore Orioles

    Alexi Ogando, Texas Rangers

Relief Pitchers

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    Hammer of God
    Hammer of GodJim McIsaac/Getty Images

    Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees

    Chris Perez, Cleveland Indians

    Jose Valverde, Detroit Tigers

    Neftali Feliz, Texas Rangers

    Kyle Farnsworth, Tampa Bay Rays


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    NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 31:  The New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers look on as West Point Cadets unfurl the American Flag during the opening ceremonies on Opening Day at Yankee Stadium on March 31, 2011 in Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick
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    The Yankees lead the way with five selections: one starter (Alex Rodriguez) and the likely closer in Mariano Rivera if the AL is put in that situation.

    The Indians, Tigers, Rays and Angels all have four selections.

    The Rangers and Red Sox both have three selections.

    Every other team only has a lone representative.

    Let me know what you think in the comments section.

    You can see the National League selections here; http://bleacherreport.com/articles/701119-2011-mlb-all-star-game-national-league-most-deserving-roster