Miami Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee is going to need a lot of help from the fans to make the final cut on the National League All-Star team roster. McGehee was not named a starter nor was he named a reserve like his teammate Giancarlo Stanton. Instead, the vote goes back to the fans, and with the competition surrounding McGehee, it looks like he may need more than the fans to make the team.
McGehee was signed by the Marlins in the offseason after spending last season in the Japanese Pacific League with the Rakuten Golden Eagles where he hit .292/.376/.515 with 28 home runs and 93 RBIs. It was a surprisingly good year for McGehee who spent 2012 bouncing around the league. He was not expected to have such a breakout year with the Marlins this season, but the one-year, $1.1 million deal has proven to be one of the smartest decisions the Marlins’ front office has made in a long time.
With a year of Nippon Baseball under his belt, McGehee has returned to the majors and is leading the National League in hits with 108. He is batting an incredible .320/.389/.393 with 53 RBIs. His power numbers have not been all there, but he has given Miami ample chances to score with his hitting ability. Batting around Giancarlo Stanton and Jarrod Saltalamacchia also helps his cause.
Because his power numbers are not terrific, he could lose the vote to players like Justin Morneau, Anthony Rendon, Anthony Rizzo and Justin Upton. McGehee has been the quietest player out of the other nominees, but he has incredible numbers after spending a season away.