We are about a month away from the 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, which will be held at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. on July 17th. There are more than five deserving Yankees that could be selected to represent the organization in the All-Star Game, but in this article, we will discuss the top five most deserving players.
Severino is the most deserving member of the Yankees that should be selected to represent the club in the 89th MLB All-Star Game. The Dominican Republic native is 9-1 with a 2.20 ERA this season. He’s tossed a team-high 86.0 innings this season, anchoring the starting rotation of the best team in baseball. Opponents are batting just .191 against him, and he’s struck out 102 batters and walked just 21. He should not only be selected to the game; he should start it.
Chapman has pitched incredibly thus far this season – even with slightly diminished velocity and knee tendinitis. The closer has been among the best in all of baseball, pitching to a 2-0 record, 1.30 ERA, and is 17 for 18 in save opportunities. The Cuban native leads all American League relievers (second in MLB) with a 15.53 K/9 ratio.
Judge is slashing .271/.396/.407 with 18 home runs, 13 doubles, 45 RBI’s, and 44 runs scored in 60 games this season. He will most likely get the nod as a starter in right field by winning the fan vote, and deservedly so. Judge is a polarizing figure at the plate and plays excellent defense as well. On Wednesday he smacked his 73rd career homer in 240 career games, which trails only Ryan Howard (237 games) as the quickest to reach the plateau in Major League history. Before Tuesday’s game in Toronto, Judge appeared in all 56 games of the season.
Green has been phenomenal for two seasons now and is one of the most underrated relievers in all of baseball. People have recognized his talent, but only to a certain extent. Green is 4-0 with a 2.03 ERA this season. He’s arguably the most valuable reliever that manager Aaron Boone has in his bullpen due to his incredible versatility. The Greenville, South Carolina native has pitched mostly in a two-inning role, allowing him to lead the Yankees relievers in innings pitched. His WHIP is just 1.00 and opponents are batting just .214 against him.
Torres has burst on to the scene since being called up from the minors earlier this year. Just a couple months removed from Tommy John surgery, Torres has shown why he was so highly touted and ranked as a prospect. He is batting .303 with 11 home runs, five doubles, 29 RBI’s and 20 runs scored through his first career 41 games. He was named the American League Rookie of the Month for May, leading all Major League rookies in home runs and RBI in the month. He was also named the American League Player of the Week for 5/21-27.