There was no surprise in 2016 MLB All-Star Game voting when it came to second baseman in the American League. Astros' second baseman Jose Altuve led the vote from start to finish and was selected to be the A.L.'s starting second baseman on July 12 in San Diego.
Today's announcement marks Altuve's fourth selection as an All-Star, he appeared in 2012 and now has been selected three years in a row (2014-2016). It is back-to-back years that altuve has been selected as the starter.
Altuve, 26, is batting .353 (115x326) with 62 runs scored, 24 doubles, two triples, 14 home runs, 49 RBIs, 21 stolen bases, .424 on-base percentage, .567 slugging percentage, and a .992 OPS. Altuve leads AL second baseman in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging, wRC+ (162), and stolen bases (21).
Altuve is third among all major league players in fWar at 4.4 and trails fellow all-star teammates Mike Trout (5.2) and Josh Donaldson (4.8).
Altuve joins a starting lineup that includes:
C Salvador Perez Royals
1B Eric Hosmer Royals
2B Jose Altuve Astros
3B Manny Machado Orioles
SS Xander Bogaerts Red Sox
OF Mike Trout Angels
OF Jackie Bradley Jr Red Sox
OF Mookie Betts Red Sox
DH David Ortiz Red Sox