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Way Too Early 2014 MLB All-Star Predictions

Way Too Early 2014 MLB All-Star Predictions

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The Midsummer Classic doesn't take place for over two months, but balloting has already opened up for the game. And based on performances so far, there are some players who are clearly deserving of starting. Some players are surprises on this list and others are perennial All-Stars. Whatever the case may be, these are the players most deserving of starting in the All-Star game this season.

AL Catcher: Matt Wieters - Baltimore Orioles

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AL Catcher: Matt Wieters - Baltimore Orioles

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.341
5 HR
18 RBI

Wieters was supposed to be the next big thing in baseball for a while now, and he is finally flashing his potential. He's more than deserving of the start in the All-Star Game to recognize the gigantic step he's taken in his career this season.

AL 1B: Jose Abreu - Chicago White Sox

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AL 1B: Jose Abreu - Chicago White Sox

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.254
12 HR
35 RBI

Abreu has proven to be worth every penny the White Sox paid him this offseason. He is already one of the league's top power hitting threats and is clearly the best first baseman other than maybe Albert Pujols in the AL at this point in time.

AL 2B: Brian Dozier - Minnesota Twins

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AL 2B: Brian Dozier - Minnesota Twins

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.232
8 HR
12 RBI
11 steals

Dozier is one of the most well-rounded second basemen in the league as he flashes power and speed. He doesn't hit for a great average, but he's been the best all-around second baseman in the AL so far.

AL SS: Alexei Ramirez - Chicago White Sox

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AL SS: Alexei Ramirez - Chicago White Sox

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.321
4 HRs
20 RBI

After a few disappointing seasons the last couple years, Ramirez has gotten back to his hot hitting ways. On top of hitting above .300, he's flashed some power upside and given the White Sox hope they have their shortstop situation figured out in the near future.

AL 3B: Josh Donaldson - Oakland Athletics

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AL 3B: Josh Donaldson - Oakland Athletics

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.268
7 HR
23 RBI

One of the most underrated players in the game, Donaldson deserves to make an All-Star appearance. He was in the MVP discussion last season and hasn't slowed down this year.

AL OF: Jose Bautista - Toronto Blue Jays

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AL OF: Jose Bautista - Toronto Blue Jays

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.302
9 HRs
20 RBI

Having yet another great season in Toronto, Bautista is deserving yet again of getting an All-Star Game nod. He's hitting for a high average while maintaining his usual power.

AL OF: Nelson Cruz - Baltimore Orioles

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AL OF: Nelson Cruz - Baltimore Orioles

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.298
9 HRs
29 RBI

After signing with the Orioles in the offseason, Cruz is showing there are no signs of rust after missing 50 games due to suspension a year ago. As pne of the best moves of the offseason, Cruz deserves to go to Minnesota and start in the All-Star Game.

AL OF: Mike Trout - Los Angeles Angels

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AL OF: Mike Trout - Los Angeles Angels

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.294
6 HR
20 RBI

The best player in baseball today, Mike Trout needs to be in center field when the first pitch of the All-Star Game is thrown. He's the biggest attraction baseball has to offer, and he's having another great season.

AL Starting Pitcher: Max Scherzer - Detroit Tigers

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AL Starting Pitcher: Max Scherzer - Detroit Tigers

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4-1
1.72 ERA
60 Ks

Scherzer has somehow continued to supplant Verlander as the ace of the Tigers. He's having another great year, and in possibly his last season with Detroit, he deserves to start the All-Star Game.

NL Catcher: Buster Posey - San Francisco Giants

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NL Catcher: Buster Posey - San Francisco Giants

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.291
7 HRs
17 RBI

Posey continues to emerge as the best hitting catcher in baseball and needs to be starting in the All-Star Game. Once again he should be in the MVP discussion, and he's on track for both of those as of right now.

NL 1B: Paul Goldschmidt - Arizona Diamondbacks

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NL 1B: Paul Goldschmidt - Arizona Diamondbacks

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.342
6 HRs
21 RBI

Even though his team has been majorly disappointing, Goldschmidt has been anything but. He picked up where he left off in 2013, a year in which he should have been the NL MVP, and is a good bet to be starting the All-Star Game at first base.

NL 2B: Dee Gordon - Los Angeles Dodgers

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NL 2B: Dee Gordon - Los Angeles Dodgers

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.344
19 steals

Speed demon Dee Gordon needs to be starting in the All-Star Game. Other than hitting .344, he also is changing games with his legs. He would be so fun to watch in the Midsummer Classic.

NL SS: Troy Tulowitzki - Colorado Rockies

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NL SS: Troy Tulowitzki - Colorado Rockies

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.421
9 HRs
30 RBI

The best hitter in baseball right now, Tulowitzki is absolutely out of his mind this season. He's hitting over .400 through six weeks of the season and is the most deserving of any All-Star candidate this season.

NL 3B: Nolan Arenado - Colorado Rockies

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NL 3B: Nolan Arenado - Colorado Rockies

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.314
6 HRs
24 RBI

Arenado currently holds onto a 27-game hitting streak and has been the best hitting third baseman in the game by far this season. Clearly, the Rockies have quite a few sluggers capable of making the All-Star Game this season.

NL OF: Charlie Blackmon - Colorado Rockies

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NL OF: Charlie Blackmon - Colorado Rockies

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.358
7 HRs
24 RBI

One of the bigger surprises in baseball, Blackmon continues to impress early on in the season. He could drop off in the next couple months, but as of right now, he's more than deserving of an All-Star Game start.

NL OF: Giancarlo Stanton - Miami Marlins

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NL OF: Giancarlo Stanton - Miami Marlins

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.295
10 HRs
38 RBI

One of the best pure hitters in the game, Stanton continues to dazzle with his crazy power. He routinely hits 400-plus foot bombs and would be fun to watch in the Home Run Derby as well as the All-Star Game.

NL OF: Justin Upton - Atlanta Braves

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NL OF: Justin Upton - Atlanta Braves

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.296
9 HRs
19 RBI

Upton still strikes out with the best of them, but he is putting his power on display once again this season. He could still be more well-rounded, but he's played like a deserving All-Star starter so far this season.

NL Starting Pitcher: Jose Fernandez - Miami Marlins

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NL Starting Pitcher: Jose Fernandez - Miami Marlins

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4-1
1.74 ERA
65 Ks

Fernandez has been almost unhittable this season. He recorded 14 strikeouts in a single game and may very well be the most dominant pitcher in the game today. Putting the ball in his hands to start the All-Star Game would be a wise move.