By Nick Villano @nick_villano on May 8, 2014
Major League Baseball has started the voting process to see who the starters will be for the 2014 All-Star Game. Some fans have an issue with voting for the event so early in the season. Barely a month into the season, it is hard to see who is actually an All-Star and who is a flash in the pan. These 15 players are happy that the league starts the voting process so early.
Last year, Marcell Ozuna played 70 games and hit three home runs. This season, he has hit five home runs in 33 games. It is clear that he is outplaying what many thought they would see out of the 23-year-old. He is striking out a ton which will hurt him among the advanced statistics guys, but his power numbers are hard to ignore for many voters.
Marlon Byrd's awesome start to May has really helped when it comes to voting. While he is also striking out a ton, he is hitting .476 this month and .311 overall this season. His 22 RBIs rank 12th in the National League, one behind superstar Paul Goldschmidt. He has been one of the few good players for the struggling Philadelphia Phillies.
The ageless wonder Juan Uribe is having somewhat of a resurgent season in 2014. After signing a three-year deal, he looked like a total bust after the first two years. He started his comeback last year, hitting .278 with 12 home runs. This season he is already hitting .313 with four home runs and 17 RBIs. He has a .818 OPS, which is close to 100 points better than his career average.
Anthony Rendon has been great for the first place Washington Nationals. He has been a pleasant surprise with a .518 slugging percentage that is well above what many expected from the second baseman. If he can keep this up throughout the season, he will become an All-Star.
Michael Morse is a guy everybody was waiting to replicate his numbers from 2011, and it looks like he may finally be able to live up to those expectations. Through 34 games, he has already gone deep eight times. If his .294 average holds up, it will be 79 points higher than it was last season. He may be the No. 1 guy when it comes to loving the early vote.
Torii Hunter is having a very nice season out in Detroit. He is currently hitting .321, good for fifth in the American League. His .509 slugging percentage would be the best season he has had since 2002. He is on pace for possibly the best season of his career at 38 years old.
The most home runs Michael Brantley has ever hit was 10, which he did last year. After just over a month, he already has five. He has 11 walks against 10 strikeouts and four stolen bases. He is doing everything for the Indians so far this season.
While his batting average is low (.231), his power numbers have been great thus far. He is tied for fifth in the American League with eight home runs. He sees a ton of pitches, which helps with the rest of the players in the lineup, and he is third in the league in walks, which pushes his OBP to .354. He is a key component to this Minnesota team fighting to stay at .500.
Justin Morneau looks like the steal of the offseason for the Colorado Rockies. His .331 batting average is fifth in the National League. This could also be Charlie Blackmon, who has been great for the 22-14 Rockies. Many thought that Morneau's career had succumb to concussions. A one-time future Hall-of-Famer, Morneau looks like his career is back on track finally.
Rajai Davis is currently third in the AL with a .330 batting average. His 12 stolen bases is tops in the AL. He is hitting .820 OPS, which is five points away from the top 20. Between him and Hunter, they picked it up while Miguel Cabrera starts hitting like the two-time MVP he is.
Christian Yelich is playing very well for the Marlins this season, which is easy to understand with everyone pitching around Giancarlo Stanton. He has come down to Earth a little bit lately, but he is definitely happy that All-Star voting happens so early in the season.
Remember when everyone pointed to the Dodgers when Robinson Cano became a free agent because "they have nobody at second base"? Dee Gordon must have taken that personally. He is currently head and shoulders in the lead of MLB in SB with 20 already. He is ranked fourth in the NL with a .341 batting average.
Chase Utley has shown this season that you should not give up on his talent just yet. Last year he finally had a healthy season, and currently he is hitting .319 with 11 doubles. He is doing everything he can with the weak hitting Phillies lineup. Luckily, he has escaped an injury so far so he should be up there in All-Star voting.
Brandon Belt has been blasting the ball away from AT&T Park this season. He has hit eight home runs on the road, and if he can start hitting better at home, he will be a legit All-Star. His nine home runs are among the league's best.
You are looking at the NL MVP so far this season. Troy Tulowitzki is hitting an obnoxious .414. His nine home runs and 31 RBIs are second in the league only to Giancarlo Stanton. Tulo is showing that you shouldn't have given up on his talent. It is really nice to see a comeback season from one of the best talents we've seen in the league.
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