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Predicting AL Starting Lineup In All-Star Game

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Predicting AL Starting Lineup In All-Star Game

Derek Jeter
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The AL is full of power hitters this season, which makes putting together a lineup somewhat tricky. However, most coaches would love to have that problem. Given what they have, here is what their lineup will likely look like on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis.

9. OF Mike Trout - Los Angeles Angels

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers
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9. OF Mike Trout - Los Angeles Angels

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.314 batting average
18 Home Runs
59 RBI
10 Steals

Mike Trout is the total package and has a good chance to win multiple MVPs in the near future. Somehow with his skill set, he makes sense as a lead-off man because he gets things going for his team right off the bat.

8. SS Derek Jeter - New York Yankees

New York Yankees v Houston Astros
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8. SS Derek Jeter - New York Yankees

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.273 batting average
2 Home Runs
20 RBI

Based on this season alone, Derek Jeter doesn't deserve to make the All-Star team. However, based on his entire career, he deserves to get one more start under the bright lights in the middle of the summer.

7. 2B Robinson Cano - Seattle Mariners

Cleveland Indians v Seattle Mariners
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7. 2B Robinson Cano - Seattle Mariners

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.320 batting average
6 Home Runs
48 RBI

Even though his power numbers aren't as good as normal, Robinson Cano is still a great all around hitter and has shown that again this season. As a left-handed bat to split up the lineup, he makes a lot of sense in this spot.

6. 1B Miguel Cabrera - Detroit Tigers

Oakland Athletics v Detroit Tigers
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6. 1B Miguel Cabrera - Detroit Tigers

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.314 batting average
14 Home Runs
65 RBI

Miguel Cabrera is the premier run producer in all of baseball. If anyone is on base when he's at the plate, there's a good chance they're going to score. For that reason, he needs to be batting clean up.

5. OF Jose Bautista - Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays v Pittsburgh Pirates
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5. OF Jose Bautista - Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays v Pittsburgh Pirates
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.304 batting average
15 Home Runs
49 RBI

Jose Bautista keeps on producing at a high level this season. He would normally be a clean up hitter, but in such a talented lineup he fits nicely at No. 5.

4. DH Jose Abreu - Chicago White Sox

Chicago White Sox v Chicago Cubs
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4. DH Jose Abreu - Chicago White Sox

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.279
25 Home Runs
64 RBI

Jose Abreu has been the most impressive rookie, if not overall player in the league this season. He leads the majors with 25 home runs and deserves to get the DH spot even though the AL does have a DH voting category.

3. OF Yoenis Cespedes - Oakland Athletics

Oakland Athletics v New York Mets
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3. OF Yoenis Cespedes - Oakland Athletics

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.273 batting average
14 Home Runs
55 RBI

Along with his cannon in the outfield, Yoenis Cespedes has been impressive at the plate this season. He's driving in runs at a high rate and recently jumped into the final starting outfield spot; he's earned that.

2. 3B Josh Donaldson - Oakland Athletics

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2. 3B Josh Donaldson - Oakland Athletics

Seattle Mariners v Oakland Athletics - Game One
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.248 batting average
18 Home Runs
61 RBI

Even though his batting average is lower than he'd like it, Josh Donaldson has continued to be one of the most underrated players in baseball. Evidently, baseball fans are pretty smart though as he certainly deserves to be starting at third base.

1. C Derek Norris - Oakland Athletics

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1. C Derek Norris - Oakland Athletics

Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics
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.304 batting average
8 Home Runs
35 RBI

Orioles' catcher Matt Wieters would be starting if he wasn't out for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, but Derek Norris is still deserving. Other than Wieters, he's been the best overall hitting catcher in the American League.