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5 Cleveland Indians Who Belong on the 2014 AL All-Star Team

5 Cleveland Indians Who Belong on the 2014 AL All-Star Team

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The Cleveland Indians have had a roller coaster season so far, but are still very much in the playoff hunt. The All-Star game is approaching, and the Tribe has a few players that deserve to be considered for the roster. Here are the five Indians' players that will have the best shot at making the 2014 American League All-Star team.

5. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS

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5. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS

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Cabrera got off to a slow start this year, but has started to pick it up the last month. The main reason he made this list is because he is a shortstop that can hit, and that is very valuable. He still has the fourth-highest offensive WAR (Wins Above Replacement) among American League shortstops (1.5), so it's not completely out of the question, although highly unlikely that he makes the American League squad.

.251 BA, 7 HR, 26 RBI, 5 SB

4. Bryan Shaw, RP

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4. Bryan Shaw, RP

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Shaw has been the glue of the Tribe bullpen this year, and has done everything the team has asked of him and more. He's pitched in many different situations (long man, set up man, closer), and has thrived in each. Shaw probably won't make the AL All-Star team, considering relief pitcher spots are mostly reserved for closers, but he has been the best reliever for the Tribe.

34.0 IP, 2 W, 2 SV, 2.38 ERA, 1.09 WHIP

3. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B

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3. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B

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Chisenhall has a had a long-awaited breakout year in 2014, and will look to continue this success throughout the season. There is only one other third baseman that you can say has had a better year (Josh Donaldson), but next in line has to be Chisenhall. There is also only one player in the AL who has at least 50 AB and a higher OPS than the third baseman, and his name is Mike Trout.

.367 BA, 8 HR, 33 RBI, 1.006 OPS, 2.2 Offensive WAR

2. Corey Kluber, SP

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2. Corey Kluber, SP

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Kluber looked like a sure All-Star a couple of weeks ago, but a few mediocre performances since then will hurt the right-hander. He is still by far the best starter on this year's team, and is a strong candidate to make the All-Star roster. There are only five AL pitchers with more strikeouts than Kluber this year, and that list is impressive: Hernandez, Price, Tanaka, Scherzer, Darvish.

15 GS, 6-4, 3.35 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 108 SO

1. Michael Brantley, OF

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1. Michael Brantley, OF

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Brantley is a sure All-Star this year (and probably the only one that will be representing Cleveland). He has the fourth-highest offensive WAR among all AL outfielders (2.9), and the only three ahead of him are Mike Trout, Jose Bautista, and Alex Gordon. It will be tough for Brantley to crack the starting lineup, but he does have the highest batting average of any AL outfielder.

.323 BA, 11 HR, 46 RBI, 9 SB