As Major League Baseball gets ready for the annual mid-summer classic it’s time to identify the top fantasy players in the American League thus far.
Let’s start with catchers and no where on the diamond will you find a more unlikely fantasy all star. Chicago White Sox catcher, A.J. Pierzynski, has been a big part of their success. His 14 homers and 45 RBI along with s sturdy .285 average make this long-time antagonist a surprise choice at catcher over the likes of Mauer and Weiters.
At first base the surprises continue, Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacion has been mashing the baseball. He has been a 5×5 game changer with a .289 average, 22 home runs, 55 RBI, 49 runs and eight stolen bases. The bonus Double E brings to the table is third base eligibility.
Yankee second baseman Robinson Cano is an All Star in every sense of the word and for a few seasons now the best player on his club. His dominance continues this season as he is hitting a cool .305 with 18 homers, 53 runs and 43 RBI. Cleveland Indian second bagger, Jason Kipnis, earns honorable mention.
Third base features a player returning to a position he hasn’t played since 2008. Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera made the move to third from first to accommodate Prince Fielder’s arrival. The defending American League batting champ is hitting .309 with 16 homers and 62 RBI.
Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus has entered the building. The slick fielder has 50 runs to go with a .302 batting average and 16 stolen bases.
The three players earning the outfield spots are Ranger Josh Hamilton, Blue Jay Jose Bautista and Angels rookie sensation Mike Trout. Hamilton and Bautista’s exploits are well known around fantasy circles. Trout is the newcomer who is turning heads with his exciting play. Players like him are extremely rare. His early excellent play has drawn comparisons to Hall of Famer Ricky Henderson.
The DH for this fantasy All Star team is Boston’s David Ortiz. “Big Papi” continues to mash for the Red Sox. He sports a .301 average along with 21 homers, 53 RBI and 57 runs scored.
On the bump for the American League is the defending Cy Young and MVP winner Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers.
Former Tiger and current Ray, Fernando Rodney is the closer for this American League fantasy all star team. It will be interesting to see how close fantasy is to reality. Check back for the National League fantasy all stars.