Wanted to give a quick update on the All-Stros voting from my original article. I encourage all of you to go vote for our guys! All vote counts are from here. With 7 nominees, the Astros lead the pack in potential All-Stars!
Catcher - Robinson Chirinos
I’m proud of the Astros fans, despite a bold lead in the WAR from baseball reference’s standpoint and top 3 from Fangraphs, Chirinos barely made it to the top 3. Obviously, he has a long way to go to overcome Gary Sanchez, and is unlikely to overcome that hurdle.
His .234/.368/.489 slash line is still good for a 132 wRC+, and he is still close to the top of the league in catcher’s stats. Unfortunately, I don’t know if he’ll force his way on.
Robinson Chirinos (Astros), 946,823
2nd Base - Jose Altuve
It’s great for us to finally have Altuve back in the line up. His .247/.328/.457 line is still 12% over league average despite the disappointing start to the season and injury. His fWAR ranks him 9th, and truly is gaining a lot of support for not only the name but for being one of the most lovable players in the sport.
SECOND BASE AL
José Altuve (Astros), 1,629,148
DJ LeMahieu (Yankees), 1,312,490
Short Stop - Carlos Correa
It’s a shame before the infamous massage incident, Correa was having an All-Star caliber year. Surprisingly, he still made it to the next round, a testament to the Astros voting and the name this team has built. His .295/.360/.547 line would be a huge boost to the struggling Astros line up, but obviously the massage heard around the world de-railed that.
Carlos Correa (Astros), 1,115,469
Gleyber Torres (Yankees), 976,163
3rd Base - Alex Bregman
Bregman is the only Astros that is absolutely dominating the votes and should be a sure-fire selection at 3B. It’s not undeserved as he leads all 3B from a WAR perspective and is currently hitting .263/.391/.529 for a 148 wRC+! And he’s doing all of that with a .239 BABIP!
THIRD BASE AL
Alex Bregman (Astros), 2,341,355
Gio Urshela (Yankees), 857,474
Outfield - George Springer
George Springer was a slam dunk candidate, and even with his injury he should still be well in the running. With a charming smile and a youthful exuberance for the game, Springer is easy for fans to root for. As a two-time All-Star and a World Series MVP, Springer’s name should hold up in getting him some votes. - That was my comments in the first round of voting, which has held true. Despite the injury, he’s still ranked 3rd in WAR at 2.7 with a .308/.389/.643 triple slash which is good for a mind blowing 171 wRC+.
Mike Trout (Angels), 3,370,499
George Springer (Astros), 2,565,706
Michael Brantley (Astros), 1,667,430
Eddie Rosario (Twins), 1,172,657
Aaron Judge (Yankees), 995,903
Josh Reddick (Astros), 928,606
Outfield - Michael Brantley
Brantley has had a phenomenal start to year, and one of the best of his career. His .320/.378/.527 line leaves little to be desired from an offensive perspective, bring him to a cumulative 141 wRC+. There is some tough competition in the outfield this year, with him currently ranking 8th overall in WAR at 2.3. I do think he will need a lot of support from the Astros fan base to have a legitimate shot at getting the call. With a mix of big names and superior performances to contend with.
Outfield - Josh Reddick
Even at the time of gaining nominations Reddick was a stretch. He dropped from #23 in WAR down to #34 and again is a testament to the Astros fans for helping him gain some traction. His .293/.335/.440 line is down to a 108 wRC+. It’s a tough hill to see him climb to be able to gain nomination for this years All-Star game.