Major League Baseball announced the finalists for the starting position player spots for the 2019 MLB All-Star game, to be held in Cleveland on July 9th. The Milwaukee Brewers have three finalists vying for spots in the starting lineup for the National League — outfielder Christian Yelich, second baseman Mike Moustakas, and catcher Yasmani Grandal.
Yelich is enjoying a tremendous follow-up to his MVP season from last year, batting .348/.442/.751 with 28 home runs through his first 68 games of the season. He leads baseball in homers and is second to Cody Bellinger with a 193 wRC+. He is among a pool of nine NL outfielders, and the top-3 vote getters among that group will earn starting nods.
Moustakas had never played second base before this season, but he hasn’t let adapting to a new position stop him from putting up arguably the best season of his career. He’s batting .276/.351/.575 with 21 long balls, currently pacing for a career-best 136 wRC+ that ranks first among regular NL second-sackers. He’ll be competing with Ozzie Albies of Atlanta and Ketel Marte of the Diamondbacks for the start at the keystone.
Yasmani Grandal ranks #1 among qualified big league catchers in fWAR, combining the strength of a .270/.379/.532 slash line and 16 dingers (133 wRC+) with some of the best pitch-framing numbers in the game. His challengers for the start behind the plate are Willson Contreras from Chicago and Brian McCann of the Braves.
Starting on Wedneday, June 26th at 11:00 am central, voters will be able to choose among the finalists and cast their ballot for who they want to start at each position. Voting lasts for only 28 hours, ending at 3:00 pm central on June 27th. The winners of the starting spots will be announced that night, while the pitchers and reserves for this year’s Midsummer Classic will be released on June 30th.