Out of all the players on all the teams in the MLB right now, no one really expected Miami Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee to break out and have the type of season he is having right now. With the All-Star Game voting deadline nearing, it will be shocking not to see McGehee make the National League All-Star team this year.
McGehee went 1-for-6 against the Oakland Athletics Saturday in a loss in 14 innings. However, he did have the game-tying hit to knot the score up at six a piece. The big hit for McGehee is exactly the reason why the new Marlins third baseman is deserving of an All-Star nod.
Through 80 games this year, McGehee is batting .309/.374/.386 with 48 RBI and 19 doubles. His solid numbers prove how hard he has worked coming back from Japan. Between Nippon Professional Baseball and the MLB, the competition level is a bit different. For Miami to consider him a stop gap at the beginning of the season with the way he has been playing is almost blasphemous.
Second on the Marlins in RBI next to Giancarlo Stanton, McGehee is in the top 10 in the league in hits with 96. Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve leads all players with 113 hits.
There is no way McGehee is going to get the recognition he deserves unless there are a couple of injuries, which puts McGehee at third or playing designated hitter at Target Field. He is quietly becoming a great hitter and with Stanton batting around him, he is going to see more hittable pitches this year than he ever has.