Mariners Analysis: Find Out Where the M’s Rank in All Star Voting
May 17, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners shortstop Brad Miller (5) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run as Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (2) looks at the score board in the fifth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports
Alcides Escobar of the Kansas City Royals is the leader amongst shortstops with 1,191,268 votes. The 28-year-old is hitting .270 with 1 home run, 15 RBI’s and 3 stolen bases. Escobar is a quality shortstop, but with the season he is having, there is no way he should be the starting shortstop for the AL.
The Tigers’ fans have banded together and made Jose Iglesias the 2nd highest vote getter with 826,382 ballots counted. Iglesias is hitting .333 with 1 home run and 6 RBI’s for Detroit.
May 3, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Oakland Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien (10) on base during the game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Marcus Semien is dominating in his first season in Oakland, and the fans have voted 354,954 times for the young shortstop. Semien is in 3rd place amongst shortstops after hitting .283 with 6 home runs, 15 RBI’s and 7 stolen bases. In my opinion, Semien should be much higher on this list.
Jed Lowrie of the Houston Astros is 4th in voting after receiving 332,534 votes. Lowrie has always been considered an offensive shortstop, and he is hitting .300 with 4 home runs and 10 RBI’s in his first season in Houston.
Despite appearing in only 18 games this season, Jose Reyes has received 217,417 votes, good for 5th in the AL. Reyes is hitting just .246 with 0 home runs, 7 RBI’s and 3 stolen bases this season. It is laughable to me that Reyes is in the top 5 vote getters amongst shortstops.
Brad Miller is the Mariners’ shortstop according to MLB.com, and he should probably be the Mariners’ shortstop still in real life too. Miller is hitting just .242 on the season, but his 5 home runs and 14 RBI’s are amongst the best in the league for shortstops. Miller was named AL Player of the Week recently, and his bat could make him an All Star if he can raise his average a bit.
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