The 2017 Major League Baseball season is now in full swing. Already a month and a half in, the game’s best players have propelled themselves into their perennial league-leading status. There are the usual suspectsa��Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, etca��but there are also few players like Jedd Gyorko, Avisail Garcia and Eric Thames who have surprised and captivated this baseball season.
Following closely behind the conversation surrounding the game’s best is the always-fun mid-summer classica��the MLB All-Star Game. While sometimes it may seem like a few players deserve to be there and a few who make it do not, the All-Star Game is always a great time for fans to watch so many of the best baseball players compete against each other for a very significant outcome.
An All-Star Game lineup is about as dangerous as it gets. Now imagine what a lineup with both the American and National League teams merged into one glorious, magnificent and wonderful MLB lineup would look like.
The following will give the batting order, the players selected, which other players were taken into consideration and why the player selected is in their batting spot in the order.
1. SS Carlos Correa, Houston Astros: .295 AVG/6 HR/24 RBI/.865 OPS
Batting leadoff and playing shortstop, Astros stud Carlos Correa. The 2015 Rookie of the Year has been having another stellar year, batting a career-high .295, with six home runs, 24 RBI and a slugging percentage of .490. While it was very difficult to pick Correa over players like Xander Bogaerts, Jean Segura and Francisco Lindor, Correa has a very well-balanced diet of hitting for contact, extra-base hits and power. Among MLB shortstops, he’s ranks in the top 5 in doubles, home runs, RBI, walks, batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and on-base plus slugging.
Correa is a jack-of-all-trades in the batter’s box. And, is the best option of this lineup to hit leadoff.
2. RF Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals: .355 AVG/13 HR/30 RBI/1.170 OPS
Batting second and playing right field, a no-brainera��Bryce Harper. The Washington Nationals had an incredible April, and they owe a lot of their success to the Prince/King of Baseball. There was a lot of competition in right with Mookie Betts, Giancarlo Stanton and even Avi Garcia, but Harper cannot be left out of this lineup. He ranks no lower than second in runs scored, hits, doubles, home runs, RBI, walks, batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentagea��you get it by nowa��among right fielders.
He’s really, really good and not many come very close.
3. CF Mike Trout, LA Angels: .348 AVG/13 HR/30 RBI/1.199 OPS
Another no-brainer, in center field and batting third is the LA Angels’ Mike Trout. Trout, another King of Baseball, has been an All-Star and finished in the top 2 of MVP voting every year but his rookie season. Trout is leading most of the center field power numbers, but honestly there’s no All-Star lineup without Trout.
4. DH Aaron Judge, New York Yankees: .323 AVG/14 HR/29 RBI/1.122 OPS
Batting cleanup and taking the DH spot is Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge. Putting Judge in this spot took a bit of brainstorming. The DH, as well as the cleanup hitter, needs to be a sluggera��a player who absolutely rakes and wrecks the baseball. If Freddie Freeman had not unfortunately fractured his wrist, he’d probably find his way into this lineup. But as of right now, the DH spot belongs to Judge.
Also, the rest of MLB’s power hitters are either not doing as well as Judge this season or are already in this lineup. Judge is currently tied with Freeman for most home runs (14), but he’s also batting .323a��which is the second-best batting average among players with 10-plus home runs who are not in this lineup. Judge’s slugging percentage is also the highest in MLB, not including players already in this lineup. And, he’s sporting a fantastic on-base plus slugging percentage (1.122).
There are many players who could have also slotted in at DH, however. Mark Reynolds, Eric Thames and Nelson Cruz are among them.
5. 1B Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals: .375 AVG/13 HR/38 RBI/1.177 OPS
The Nationals’ second player on this list is another slugger who is having a career year. The veteran Ryan Zimmerman is well on his way to his first All-Star appearance since 2009. And, even well on his way into MVP conversations. He’s hitting .375 with 13 home runs, 38 RBI and 54 hits in total. Zimmerman is leading all MLB first baseman in hits, doubles, RBI, batting average and slugging percentage.
Those MLB first basemen include previously mentioned sluggers Freddie Freeman, Eric Thames and Mark Reynolds, as well as Paul Goldschmidt and Joey Votto. It was a difficult pick, but Zimmermann made it a little easier with the year he’s having.
The fifth spot in the lineup is also considered to be its heart, not to mention one of the power spots. So it only makes sense to put him among the other mashers.
6. 3B Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies: .304 AVG/13 HR/30 RBI/.964 OPS
Batting sixth and playing third base is another NL slugger. This was a very difficult choice between the reigning NL MVP, runner-up and a few of the game’s best hitters. But in terms of the overall best hitter according to this season’s numbers, it’s Nolan Arenado. Last year’s Silver Slugger, home-run and RBI leader is back to dominating opposing pitching with a .304 batting average, 13 home runs, 30 RBI and a robust .602 slugging percentage.
Among MLB third baseman, Arenado ranks top-3 in doubles, home runs, RBI, batting average, slugging and on-base plus slugging percentage. Also, he’s only eight hits off the pace of the MLB hits-leadera��who’s also in this lineup.
Overall, the winner of the last two Silver Slugger awards among third baseman needs to be in this lineup.
7. LF Marcell Ozuna, Miami Marlins: .307 AVG/11 HR/29 RBI/.944 OPS
In seventh and playing left field is another masher who is built like a train. The Marlins’ Marcell Ozuna is as powerful as they come, ranking top-3 in hits, home runs, RBI, batting average, slugging and on base plus slugging. There are only three left fielders with a .300 batting average and while Conforto might be having a similar seasona��and Matt Kemp is currently up to .350a��Ozuna has 30 more plate appearances.
He should be in the running for the Silver Slugger award at the end of the year, but if you need another power hitter in the seventh spot, you can’t go wrong with Ozuna.
8. 2B Daniel Murphy, Washington Nationals: .325 AVG/8 HR/32 RBI/.954 OPS
Another Nationals’ player is following up his career-year in 2016 with another outstanding season thus far in 2017. Second baseman Daniel Murphy is having one of his best seasons, becoming a bigger part of the early-season success that the Nationals have been enjoying. While Starlin Castro might have the most hits and the highest batting average among second basemen, the rest of Murphy’s numbers are ridiculous. He has the second-most doubles, second-highest batting average, the most home runs and RBI as well as the highest on-base percentage, slugging and on-base plus slugging percentage among second basemen.
He’s also only six hits off Castro’s ML-leading pace. In terms of overall run-producing and power hitting, Murphy has the edge over Castro. And other second basemen like JosA� Altuve, Brandon Drury and DJ LeMahieu.
9. C Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants: .369 AVG/7 HR/11 RBI/1.024 OPS
Rounding out the lineup and playing catcher is future Hall of Famer Buster Posey. The three-time World Series champion and Silver Sluggera��not to mention 2012 NL MVPa��is well on his way to another All-Star Game appearance, Silver Slugger award and maybe even an NL batting title. He’s currently leading all catchers with at least 100 at-bats in batting average, hits, home runs, walks, OBP, SLG, OPS and WAR.
This is mostly a no-brainer because of the weaker field of competition at catcher. Posey’s replacement would be J.T Realmuto or Salvador PA�rez. Posey hitting ninth would provide a solid contact hitter at the end of the lineup as well.
What do you think? Is this a lineup you could get behind, or would you make some changes? How about you let us know by submitting your own lineup below!