2011 MLB All-Star Game: American League (Most Deserving) Roster
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 Catcher and Designated Hitter
Remaining Starting Pitchers
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.
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