2015 MLB All-Star Rosters

ASG Cincy

The fan voting for the 2015 MLB All-Star game is garnering a lot of attention as the American League team is jam-packed full of Kansas City Royals. While having fans vote for a game that determines home-field advantage in the World Series is asinine, I wanted to look at who should be on the team based on statistics alone.

The methodology for hitters was to look at their Weighted Runs Created (wRC) and Wins Above Replacement (WAR).  I also weighted last season’s stats to account for 15% of their rating to try to avoid a Bryan LaHair situation.  For pitchers, I looked at their xFIP and WAR.  I then looked at how many standard deviations above or below average each player was to give them an overall rating.  The players with the highest rating were then assigned to the team.

But enough with the math, let’s take a look at the teams:


C  Stephen Vogt, Athletics
1B Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
2B Jason Kipnis, Indians
3B Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays
SS Jose Iglesias, Tigers
OF Mike Trout, Angels
OF Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
OF Alex Gordon, Royals
DH Nelson Cruz, Mariners

The biggest surprise is Jose Iglesias at shortstop.  While his defensive prowess is well known, many would be surprised to know he has a .325/.378/.390 slash line.  Alex Gordon may look like a stretch, but he’s 6th among AL outfielders at a 133 wRC+ and is widely regarded as the best defensive left fielder which would bump him up the list when you factor in his WAR.


C  Buster Posey, Giants
1B Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks
2B Dee Gordon, Marlins
3B Todd Frazier, Reds
SS Jhonny Peralta, Cardinals
OF Bryce Harper, Nationals
OF Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins
OF Joc Pederson, Dodgers

Even when factoring in last season, Joc Pederson appears as one of the top three outfielders in the NL.  While conventional fans may scoff at his .252 average and claim he doesn’t hit enough, the fact is he’s been one of the best players in baseball this season.  He has hit 19 home runs in 291 plate appearances and has an on-base percentage (.393) higher than fellow All-Star mashers Frazier (.351) and Stanton (.341).


SP Chris Archer, Rays
SP Chris Sale, White Sox
SP Corey Kluber, Indians
SP Michael Pineda, Yankees
SP Sonny Gray, Athletics
SP Dallas Keuchel, Astros
SP Carlos Carrasco, Indians
SP David Price, Tigers
RP Dellin Betances, Yankees
RP Zach Britton, Orioles
RP David Robertson, White Sox
RP Andrew Miller, Yankees
RP Carson Smith, Mariners

Chris Archer currently ranks atop the list of starting pitchers but Chris Sale will likely pass him when we reach July 14th if he continues on his torrid pace.  Michael Pineda has been inconsistent and sports a 4.25 ERA but his peripherals suggest he has been a better pitcher than that and his home run rate should regress going forward.


SP Max Scherzer, Nationals
SP Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
SP Gerrit Cole, Pirates
SP Francisco Liriano, Pirates
SP Jacob deGrom, Mets
SP Jake Arrieta, Cubs
SP A.J. Burnett, Pirates
RP Drew Storen, Nationals
RP A.J. Ramos, Marlins
RP Sergio Romo, Giants
RP Aroldis Chapman, Reds
RP Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers
RP Craig Kimbrel, Padres

Barring an injury, Scherzer will be starting in Cincinnati.  The Pirates get 60% of their starting rotation in the game and all are deserving.  I will admit I wasn’t expecting to see A.J. Ramos’ name popup on this list, but in 32.2 innings for the Marlins he has struckout 34.2% of batters and boasts a WHIP of 0.80.


C  Russell Martin, Blue Jays
C  Brian McCann, Yankees
1B Albert Pujols, Angels
1B Mark Teixeira, Yankees
2B Brian Dozier, Twins
2B Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
3B Manny Machado, Orioles
SS Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox
OF Yoenis Cespedes, Tigers
OF Adam Jones, Orioles
OF Michael Brantley, Indians
OF Brett Gardner, Yankees
DH Prince Fielder, Rangers

Just missed the cut: Jose Abreu, Alex Rodriguez, Eric Hosmer, George Springer


C  Derek Norris, Padres
C  Yadier Molina, Cardinals
1B Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
1B Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers
1B Joey Votto, Reds
2B Joe Panik, Giants
3B Matt Carpenter, Cardinals
3B Kris Bryant, Cubs
SS Brandon Crawford, Giants
OF Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
OF Justin Upton, Padres
OF Starling Marte, Pirates
DH Freddie Freeman, Braves
DH Lucas Duda, Mets

Just missed the cut: Denard Span, Jason Heyward, A.J. Pollock, Nolan Arenado, Nori Aoki

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