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2013 American League All-Star Picks

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Updated July 04, 2013

Be an informed All-Star Game voter: Here are some educated selections for the 2013 American League team, with statistics, who will win, who should win and the full ballot. All statistics are through July 2. Click here for the National League picks.

Catcher

On the ballot: J.P. Arencibia, Blue Jays; Alex Avila, Tigers; Jason Castro, Astros; Tyler Flowers, White Sox; Chris Iannetta, Angels; John Jaso, Athletics; Joe Mauer, Twins; Jose Molina, Rays; Jesus Montero, Mariners; Salvador Perez, Royals; A.J. Pierzynski, Rangers; Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Red Sox; Carlos Santana, Indians; Chris Stewart, Yankees; Matt Wieters, Orioles

Best pick: Mauer (.316, 8 HR, 28 RBI). The three-time batting champion is starting hot again.

Other worthy candidates: Santana (.265, 10 HR, 36 RBI); Perez (.302, 4 HR, 32 RBI); Saltalamacchia (.260, 8 HR, 32 RBI); Pierzynski (.280, 7 HR, 26 RBI), Castro (.265, 11 HR, 27 RBI).

Please don't pick: Avila (.182, 6 HR, 18 RBI). An All-Star and Silver Slugger in 2011, perhaps no regular player has been as disappointing at the plate. His OPS is .595. The bloom is also off the rose of Montero (.208).

Who will win: Mauer.

First Base

On the ballot: Chris Davis, Orioles; Prince Fielder, Tigers; Eric Hosmer, Royals; Paul Konerko, White Sox; Adam Lind, Blue Jays; James Loney, Rays; Mitch Moreland, Rangers; Justin Morneau, Twins; Brandon Moss, Athletics; Mike Napoli, Red Sox; Albert Pujols, Angels; Justin Smoak, Mariners; Nick Swisher, Indians; Mark Teixeira, Yankees; Brett Wallace, Astros

Best pick: Davis (.331, 32 HR, 83 RBI). The AL leader in home runs is a breakout star this season and deserves to be on the team, no doubt.

Other worthy candidates: Fielder (.268, 14 HR, 63 RBI); Lind (.322, 11 HR, 33 RBI); Loney (.318, 9 HR, 42 RBI)

Please don't pick: Teixeira. He's injured again. And the 37-year-old Konerko (.249, 7 HR) is beginning to show his age. And Pujols (.244) simply isn't the same player he was in St. Louis.

Who will win: Davis has pulled away.

Second Base

On the ballot: Dustin Ackley, Mariners; Jose Altuve, Astros; Gordon Beckham, White Sox; Robinson Cano, Yankees; Jamey Carroll, Twins; Chris Getz, Royals; Omar Infante, Tigers; Maicer Izturis, Blue Jays; Howie Kendrick, Angels; Ian Kinsler, Rangers; Jason Kipnis, Indians; Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox; Brian Roberts, Orioles; Scott Sizemore, Athletics; Ben Zobrist, Rays

Best pick: Pedroia (.323, 5 HR, 47 RBI). The 2008 MVP is back in form.

Other worthy candidates: Cano (.299, 20 HR, 56 RBI); Kendrick (.319, 9 HR, 38 RBI); Infante (.309, 6 HR, 27 RBI); Kipnis (.301, 13 HR, 54 RBI)

Please don't pick: Ackley. He's back in the majors, but still hitting .198.

Who will win: Cano. And he's deserving as well.

Shortstop

On the ballot: Elvis Andrus, Rangers; Erick Aybar, Angels; Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians; Ronny Cedeno, Astros; Stephen Drew, Red Sox; Alcides Escobar, Royals; Yunel Escobar, Rays; Pedro Florimon, Twins; J.J. Hardy, Orioles; Derek Jeter, Yankees; Jed Lowrie, Athletics; Jhonny Peralta, Tigers; Aramis Ramirez, White Sox; Jose Reyes, Blue Jays; Brendan Ryan, Mariners

Best pick: Statistically, Peralta (.308, 7 HR, 37 RBI). But he's on the Biogenesis list, so let's go with Lowrie (.304, 5 HR, 34 RBI).

Other worthy candidates: Hardy (.259, 15 HR, 46 RBI)

Please don't pick: Reyes. He missed most of the first half with an ankle injury. And Jeter, of course, who has missed the entire season.

Who will win: Hardy.

Third Base

On the ballot: Adrian Beltre, Rangers; Miguel Cabrera, Tigers; Alberto Callaspo, Angels; Lonnie Chisenhall, Indians; Matt Dominguez, Astros; Josh Donaldson, Athletics; Jeff Keppinger, White Sox; Brett Lawrie, Blue Jays; Evan Longoria, Rays; Manny Machado, Orioles; Will Middlebrooks, Red Sox; Mike Moustakas, Royals; Trevor Plouffe, Twins; Kyle Seager, Mariners; Kevin Youkilis, Yankees

Best pick: Cabrera (.364, 26 HR, 85 RBI). The biggest no-brainer of the bunch.

Other worthy candidates: Longoria (.297, 17 HR, 47 RBI); Beltre (.298, 14 HR, 42 RBI); Donaldson (.315, 14 HR, 55 RBI); Machado (.320, 6 HR, 42 RBI, 38 2B)

Please don't pick: Middlebrooks (.192), Lawrie (.209) and Moustakas (.218).

Who will win: Cabrera.

Outfield

On the ballot: Rick Ankiel, Astros; Jose Bautista, Blue Jays; Peter Bourjos, Angels; Michael Bourn, Indians; Michael Brantley, Indians; Melky Cabrera, Blue Jays; Lorenzo Cain, Royals; Chris Carter, Astros; Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics; Coco Crisp, Athletics; Nelson Cruz, Rangers; Alejandro De Aza, White Sox; Andy Dirks, Tigers; Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox; Jeff Francoeur, Royals; Brett Gardner, Yankees, Jonny Gomes, Red Sox; Alex Gordon, Royals; Curtis Granderson, Yankees; Franklin Gutierrez, Mariners; Josh Hamilton, Angels; Aaron Hicks, Twins; Torii Hunter, Tigers; Austin Jackson, Tigers; Desmond Jennings, Rays; Kelly Johnson, Rays; Adam Jones, Orioles; Matt Joyce, Rays; Nick Markakis, Orioles; Leonys Martin, Rangers; Justin Maxwell, Astros; Nate McLouth, Orioles; Michael Morse, Mariners; David Murphy, Rangers; Chris Parmelee, Twins; Colby Rasmus, Blue Jays; Josh Reddick, Athletics; Alex Rios, White Sox; Michael Saunders, Mariners; Drew Stubbs, Indians; Ichiro Suzuki, Yankees; Mike Trout, Angels; Dayan Viciedo, White Sox; Shane Victorino, Red Sox; Josh Willingham, Twins

Best picks: Trout (.315, 13 HR, 53 RBI, 20 SB); Jones (.293, 15 HR, 59 RBI, 9 SB); Bautista (.264, 19 HR, 50 RBI). After reading the list above, it seems this is an underachieving group. Injuries have wreaked some havoc on players like Granderson and Jackson, and others (such as Hamilton) are just plain underachieving.

Other worthy candidates: Cruz (.273, 20 HR, 61 RBI); write-in Daniel Nava (.285, 10 HR, 40 RBI), Red Sox; Carter (.231, 17 HR, 44 RBI -- hey, the Astros need somebody)

Please don't pick: Hamilton (.225, 10 HR, 29 RBI). He's made the past five All-Star Games, and we'd probably all love to see him in the Home Run Derby, but he should just stay home and rest. Ichiro (.274) has also seen better days.

Who will win: Trout, Jones and Bautista.

Designated Hitter

On the ballot: Lance Berkman, Rangers; Billy Butler, Royals, Ryan Doumit, Twins; Adam Dunn, White Sox; Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays; Travis Hafner, Yankees; Victor Martinez, Tigers; Kendrys Morales, Mariners; David Ortiz, Red Sox; Carlos Pena, Astros; Nolan Reimold, Orioles; Mark Reynolds, Indians; Luke Scott, Rays; Mark Trumbo, Angels; Chris Young, Athletics

Best pick: Ortiz (.317, 16 HR, 57 RBI). The veteran is the best of the true DHs this season.

Other worthy candidates: Encarnacion (.270, 23 HR, 66 RBI); Trumbo (.251, 18 HR, 52 RBI); Morales (.282, 11 HR, 48 RBI)

Please don't pick: Dunn (.199) has 22 homers, but is back in the whiff mode (95 Ks in 77 games) from 2011.

Who will win: Ortiz.

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