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The Best but Cheapest team that money can buy

By: Jon

Although baseball is a great game, many players will choose to play other sports because the players are not paid the big bucks instantly. However, baseball players are able to make the most money over the longest period of time if the player is good. Unlike other major sports, baseball players are able to reel in huge pay checks until they are in their forties. The best bargain in sports is a young superstar baseball prospect. Since some players are significantly underpaid, it enables fans to create fake teams for as cheap as possible. There is such a great contract disparity in baseball that a World Series championship team could be had for under $13.5 million.

THE CHEAP TEAM

Catchers

Carlos Santana (27) and Jonathan Lucroy (27)

Cost: $1.3 million

Carlos Santana
Carlos Santana

Santana and Lucroy are two of the best bargain catchers in MLB. Both players are ranked in the top ten in WAR, HR, RBI, AVG, OBP, SLG, and OPS. Although both players are set for major pay raises, they are currently making less than $1.5 million combined for this season. Both players bat in the middle of the order and would be the starting catcher for more than 2/3 of the teams in MLB.

First Baseman

Paul Goldschmidt (25) and Freddie Freeman (23)

Cost: $1.06 million

Paul Goldschmidt
Paul Goldschmidt

Goldschmidt and Freeman were both All-Stars this season. Although they make under $750,000, they are some of the best first baseman in baseball. While Goldschmidt is an MVP candidate, Freddie Freeman is leading the NL East leading Atlanta Braves to a playoff position and a NL East division title. Goldschmidt and Freeman are ranked in the top six in R, RBI, AVG, OBP, SLG, OPS, and WAR. Although Paul Goldschmidt already signed a new contract that will start next season, Freddie Freeman should sign a long term contract like Paul Goldschmidt.

Second Base

Jason Kipnis (26)

Cost: $509,400

Jason Kipnis
Jason Kipnis

Jason Kipnis played in his first All-Star game this season. Jason Kipnis has experienced a break out season after a solid rookie season last year. Jason Kipnis is thought to be one of the best second baseman in the league because he is ranked in the top five in R, HR, RBI, SB, OBP, SLG, OPS, and WAR. Jason Kipnis is extremely under valued compared to the other second basemen in MLB. Jason Kipnis is part of the new brand of second basemen because he drives in runs and can hit the ball out of the ballpark

Shortstop

Jean Segura (23)

Cost: 492,000

Jean Segura
Jean Segura

The 23 year old shortstop has broken out for the Milwaukee Brewers after being acquired last season in the Zach Greinke deal. Like many of the players on the cheap team, Segura played in his first All-Star game this year for the NL. Jean Segura is ranked top four in almost every statistical category among shortstops. Sgura is ranked top four in R, 3B, HR, SB, AVG, OBP, SLG, OPS, and WAR. Segura has the rare ability to run and hit for power, which is especially rare for a shortstop. Segura is already a star and should improve over the next few seasons.

Third Base

Manny Machado (21)

Cost: $495,000

Manny Machado
Manny Machado

Manny Machado has burst onto the scene as one of the best defensive and offensive baseball player in the league. Although Manny Machado was on pace to break the record for most doubles in a season, he has slowed down, but has still been one of the best players in the league. Although third base is the deepest position in MLB, he has been one of the best because he has so much talent. Machado is top ten in every statistical category among third baseman and third in WAR. Machado has led the Orioles to a possible playoff position.

Outfield

Mike Trout (21), Starling Marte (24), Domonic Brown (25), Wil Myers (22), and Giancarlo Stanton (23)

Cost: $2.537 million

Mike Trout
Mike Trout

The outfield is probably the best part of the cheap team’s offensive attack. Mike Trout is the most underpaid player in MLB. He is the best all around player in the majors, but is only making $510,000. Compared to his peers, Trout should be paid 50 times his actual salary, based upon his play. The group also includes sluggers Domonic Brown and Giancarlo Stanton. When healthy, Brown and Stanton are two of the best power hitters in the game. Stanton probably has the most power of any player in the league, although he is only 23 and is paid less than $600,000. Starling Marte and Wil Myers are two of the brightest young players in the league. Over the last month, Myers has been on fire, 4 home runs and a .352 average. Although Marte could not sustain his early season success, he has been great for the MLB leading Pittsburgh Pirates. Marte has been a great defensive player and one of the fastest players in the league.

Starting Pitching

Matt Harvey (24), Jose Fernandez (20), Patrick Corbin (24), Mike Minor (25), and Shelby Miller (22)

Cost: $2.47775 million

Matt Harvey
Matt Harvey

The starting pitching for this team is easily the best part of this fantasy team. All five starters have an ERA under 3 while having salaries that combine to be less than $2.5 million. Among the five starters, Matt Harvey is the best pitcher. Matt Harvey has been great this season and has been the second best pitcher, behind Clayton Kershaw. Besides for having the most strikeouts among NL starters, Harvey has the second lowest WHIP and ERA in MLB while garnering the third highest WAR among starters. However, Harvey is not the only great young pitcher on this team. Jose Fernandez has pitched great for the Marlins during his rookie season. Fernandez and Shelby Miller have more strikeouts than innings while maintaining an ERA under 3 and a WHIP just above 1. Like Fernandez and Miller, Minor has an ERA under 3 and a WHIP just above 1, but does not have the strikeout totals like Fernandez. Another great pitcher on the team is Patrick Corbin. Although Corbin is not a strikeout pitcher like Minor, he is extremely effective, compiling an ERA below 2.3, WHIP under 1, and 12 wins. This team would lose very few games because of their pitching.

Relief Pitching

Craig Kimbrel (25), Mark Melancon (28), Rex Brothers (25), Tanner Scheppers (26), Aaron Loup (25), Luis Avilan (24), Greg Holland (27), and Drew Smyly (24)

Craig Kimbrel
Craig Kimbrel

Cost: $4.18355 million

Relief pitching is one of the most important parts of a team and this bullpen will be great. Besides for having some of the best relievers in the league, every relief pitcher will have an ERA under 2. Along with having great ERAs, most of these pitchers have great strikeout numbers. Craig Kimbrel has been the best closer over the last two years. Craig has the most saves among NL relief pitchers. Kimbrel has 22 more strikeouts than innings pitch, an ERA under 1.35, and a WHIP under 0.95. Mark Melancon has been one of the best relievers in the league, although he had to switch his relief positions. Mark has the lowest ERA, 0.88, among relievers, who has pitched over 38 games. Along with a  great ERA, Mark does not allow batters to reach base, 0.86 WHIP. Rex Brothers and Luis Avilan are great relievers and each have an ERA under 1.25. Also, they are both left handed pitchers, which is important for any bullpen. Similar to Avilan and Brothers, Scheppers, Loup and Smyly have ERAs under 1.9 and WHIPs under 1.2. Similar to Craig Kimbrel, Greg Holland is a great reliever and has the ability to strikeout any hitter. Holland’s stats are great, 1.76 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and 24 more strikeouts than innings pitched. Batters will have a lot of problems scoring against this great pitching staff.

Total Cost: $13.0547 million

The total cost of this great team is less than half the cost of Alex Rodriguez and about the same as a player like Edwin Jackson/Dan Haren/ Josh Johnson. The pitcher with the lowest ERA is Edwin Jackson with an ERA of 4.65.

MOST EXPENSIVE TEAM

Catcher

Joe Mauer

$23 million

Joe mauer
Joe mauer

First Base

Mark Teixeira

$23.125 million

Mark Teixeira
Mark Teixeira

Second Base

Robinson Cano

$15 million

Robinson Cano
Robinson Cano

Third Base

Alex Rodriguez

$29 million

Alex Rodriguez
Alex Rodriguez

Shortstop

Derek Jeter

$17 million

Derek jeter
Derek jeter

Outfield

Vernon Wells, Carl Crawford, and Alfonso Soriano

$24 million, $21 million, $19 million

Vernon Wells
Vernon Wells

Starting Pitchers

Cliff Lee, Johan Santana, CC Sabathia, Tim Lincecum, and Zach Greinke

$25 million, $24.644 million, $24.285 million, $22.25 million, $21 million

Cliff Lee
Cliff Lee

Closer

Jonathan Papelbon

$13 million

Jonathan Papelbon
Jonathan Papelbon

Total Cost: $301.304 million

This astronomical number is only for 15. Thus, the average for eah player is 20 million, which is more than the whole team that I highlighted above. It is crazy how fast players can earn money in the MLB if they are talented. This “magnificent” has had a great year so far.

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Rating Every NL All-Star Selection

By: Jon

Catchers

Starter:

Yadier Molina

Yadier Molina
Yadier Molina

Good or Bad: Good

If Yasiel Puig does not continue to his torrid start, Molina has a good chance of winning the MVP. Along with being the best defensive catcher in the league by far, Yadier is a good hitter, leading the NL in average, .346, and doubles, 26. Molina is great because of how he can stop a running game and lead a pitching staff. He is the best catcher and deserves the right to start the All-Star game.

Reserve:

Buster Posey

Buster Posey
Buster Posey

Good or Bad: Good

Posey is easily the second best catcher in NL because of his hitting ability and defensive skill. Posey is top two in AVG, HR, RBI, OBP, SLG, OPS, and WAR. Although Posey is a better offensive player, Posey is not leading his team nor pitching staff like Molina, which leads to a lesser WAR.

First Base

Starter:

Joey Votto

Joey Votto
Joey Votto

Good or Bad: Votto should not be a starter, but should be an All-Star

Similar to the catching position, first base only has two great players that are worthy of becoming an All-Star. Votto is a great offensive player because he can reach base very easily. Votto on base percentage is .430, which is great for a player, who can hit home runs. Although Votto is not having a great year, he is batting .320, 15 HR, 40 RBI, and 61 Runs.

Reserve:

Paul Goldschmidt

Paul Goldschmidt
Paul Goldschmidt

Good or Bad: Should be starting

Paul is having a breakout season for the surprising Arizona Diamondbacks. Paul is leading the NL in WAR, OPS, SLG, SB, HR, and RBI. He is having a great season and should be starting for the NL. Paul is only 25 and will be one of the best players in the league for years to come.

Allen Craig

Allen Craig
Allen Craig

Good or Bad: Good

Although Craig did not have a good start to the season, he has picked it up as of late. Craig is leading the NL in batting among first basemen. Craig is top three in a lot of offensive categories such as Runs, RBI, AVG, SLG, OPS, and hits. Craig is the leading RBI man the Saint Louis Cardinals.

Second Baseman

Starter:

Brandon Phillips

Brandon Phillips
Brandon Phillips

Good or Bad: Should be a reserve

Phillips is one of the most consistent and dangerous second baseman in the league. Phillips is second in the NL in homers among second baseman, 12, and first in RBI by 25, 64. Brandon is the best defensive second baseman in the National League. Phillips is deserving of an All-Star candidate.

Reserve:

Matt Carpenter

Matt Carpenter
Matt Carpenter

Good or Bad: Should be the starter

Carpenter is having a breakout season and should be the starting second baseman. Carpenter has been a catalyst for the Cardinal offense, which is one of the best in baseball. It is amusing that he was not given the starting nod. He is first in almost every offensive category, runs, triples, doubles, hits, average, on base, slugging, on base plus slugging, and WAR.

Marco Scutaro

Marco Scutaro
Marco Scutaro

Good or Bad: Bad

Replacement: Starling Marte

Starling Marte
Starling Marte

Besides for a solid batting average, .313, he does not add much to an offense. He has hit 2 homers, 19 RBI, and 36 Runs. Marco is not a good defensive player, a negative defensive WAR. Marte is much more deserving of the All-Star bid. After his torrid start, Marte has slowed down, but still has great stats. Marte is fourth among outfielders in WAR, third in Runs, first in steals, and second in triples. Marte is a great defensive fielder, a 1.3 defensive WAR. Marte is a young star, who will make a lot of All-Star teams in the future.

Shortstop

Starter:

Troy Tulowitzki

Troy Tulowitzki
Troy Tulowitzki

Good or Bad: Good

Although Tulo has not played as many games as other players, Troy is one of the most dynamic players and deserved the starting nod. He will probably not play so he will not be taking a spot from another healthy player. Tulowitzki is leading shortstops in HR, RBI, AVG, OBP, SLG, OPS, and WAR. Troy has been a great player and may be a Hall of Famer, if he does not hurt himself. Troy is also a great defensive player, fourth highest among shortstops in defensive WAR.

Reserve:

Jean Segura

Jean Segura
Jean Segura

Good or Bad: Good

Jean Segura, the prospect from the Zach Greinke trade, is having a great first half of the season. Jean has been one of the lone bright spots on the Milwaukee Brewers. Segura is top two among NL shortstops in Hits, Runs, 3B, SB, AVG, and WAR. He will do great in his first All-Star game and may even start if Tulo is hurt. Unlike other players, who are the only All-Stars for their respective team, Segura is a deserving All-Star.

Everth Cabrera

Everth Cabrera
Everth Cabrera

Good or Bad: Had to be on the team

Cabrera is the lone San Diego Padres representative. Although Cabrera should not be an All-Star, he is having the best season on the Padres. Everth could be used as a pitch-runner for the National League. He is one of the fast players in baseball, 31 steals, most in NL. Cabrera has a solid average, .291, and a defensive WAR, 0.4. Overall, he is fourth in the NL among shortstops, 2.7.

Third Base

Starter:

David Wright

David Wright
David Wright

Good or Bad: Good

Wright is the best third basemen in the National League. Wright’s WAR, 4.9, is more than twice the next closest competitor, 2.2. Wright is the leader of the Mets, so he had to be starting the game. Wright is leading NL third baseman in AVG, OBP, SLG, OPS, WAR, SB, doubles, and triples. Wright is the most deserving candidate for the job.

Reserve:

Pedro Alvarez

Pedro Alvarez
Pedro Alvarez

Good or Bad: Bad

Replacement: Ryan Zimmerman

Ryan Zimmerman
Ryan Zimmerman

Although Pedro may have the most power in the National League, he is not a good all-around baseball player. Pedro has 22 HR, but is batting .247 and has a OBP of .310. Zimmerman is a better baseball player. Zimmerman has a higher AVG, Runs, OPS, double, BB, and WAR. Zimmerman does not strikeout as much as Alvarez, 68 versus 104. Zimmerman has a better WAR, which shows that he is more of a complete ballplayer.

Outfield

Starters:

Carlos Beltran

Carlos Beltran
Carlos Beltran

Good or Bad: Should be a reserve

Replacement: Carlos Gomez

The eight year All-Star is having another good season for the St.Louis Cardinals. Although he should not be a starter, Beltran has accumulated good stats during the first half. Beltran is batting .307 with 52 RBI, 19 HR, 47 R, and 1.8 WAR. Beltran’s stats and veteran leadership for the Cardinals make him definitely worthy of an All-Star nomination.

Carlos Gonzalez

Carlos Gonzalez
Carlos Gonzalez

Good or Bad: Good

Gonzalez is a great offensive and defensive player for the Colorado Rockies. Besides for supporting the second best WAR among the NL OF, Gonzalez ranks top five in Runs(1st), Hits(2nd), Doubles(5th), Triples(4th), Home Runs(1st), RBI(2nd), AVG(4th), OBP(5th), SLG(1st), and OPS(1st), As one can tell from the stats, Gonzalez is a great offensive player and is deserving of the starting nod.

Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper
Bryce Harper

Good or Bad: Bad

Replacement: Andrew McCutchen(starter) and Jay Bruce(reserve)

Although Harper is a great player, he has missed too many games to enter the All-Star game. Although people are complaining about Yasiel Puig, Bryce has only taken 50 AB more than Puig, which is 150 less than most All-Stars. When Harper plays on the field, he is a great and dynamic player. In 53 games, he hit 13 HR/ 29RBI/ 30Runs. Bryce Harper should not have been an All-Star, let alone a starter.

Reserve:

Carlos Gomez

Carlos Gomez
Carlos Gomez

Good or Bad: Should be starter

Gomez is having the best season of his career. Before this season, Gomez was remembered for robbing Yadier Molina in the 2007 NLCS. Gomez is leading the league in WAR by a full point, 5.5 verse 4.5, among outfielders. Gomez is having a complete year, .308 AVG/13 HR/41 RBI/49 R/20 SB/9 3B.  After his stellar first half, Gomez should be starting, instead of Beltran.

Andrew McCutchen

Andrew McCutchen
Andrew McCutchen

Good or Bad: Should be starter

Andrew could be the NL MVP, if the Pirates maintain their success and he continues to be great. McCutchen is a great hitter and fielder. McCutchen is second in WAR because of his .302 AVG, 9 HR, 46 RBI, 53 R, 18 SB, and 25 Doubles. Andrew is a great defensive player because of his speed and instincts, which leads to his 1.1 DWAR. McCutchen is the only superstar on the first place Pittsburgh Pirates. He should be rewarded by gaining the All-Star start.

Domonic Brown

Domonic Brown
Domonic Brown

Good or Bad: Good

Dominic Brown is having a coming party for the Philadelphia Phillies. Although the Phillies are not having a great season, Brown has been great. Brown showed his great power and ability to accumulate RBI. Brown is first in the league in runs batted in and second in home runs. Unlike most power hitters, Brown has a decent batting average, .282. This will be the first of many All-Star appearances for the Phillies switching hitting outfielder.

Michael Cuddyer

Michael Cuddyer
Michael Cuddyer

Good or Bad: Good

During the middle of the season, Cuddyer had a 27 game hitting streak, which propelled his reputation and average. Cuddyer is leading the whole National League in average. Along with his great average, Cuddyer has accounted for 15 home runs, 52 RBI, 43 Runs, and 6 stolen bases. Although I do not expect Cuddyer to maintain his great first half, Cuddyer is deserving of his second All-Star nod.

Jay Bruce

Jay Bruce
Jay Bruce

Currently not on the roster

Bruce should be the reserve right fielder for the NL All-Star squad. After a disappointing first quarter of the season, Bruce has significantly rebounded. Bruce is a RBI and power hitting machine for the Reds. Bruce is fourth in HR and third in RBI among NL outfielders. Although his average is not great, .261, his ability to hit the ball out of the ball park and produce runs makes him an All-Star. Bruce is a steady defensive ball player, 0.4 DWAR and a 1.000 fielding percentage.

Pitchers

Starters:

Madison Bumgarner

Madison Bumgarner
Madison Bumgarner

Good or Bad: Good

The first time All-Star is turning into the ace of the San Francisco Giants. Madison is 9-5 and supports a solid ERA and WHIP. Although Madison does not have a great ERA, 3.05, he has the fourth best WHIP in the National League, 0.97. Bumgarner is a good strikeout pitcher as well, averaging nine strikeouts per nine innings. Bumgarner will appear in many All-Stars because of his devastating strikeout and curveball.

Patrick Corbin

Patrick Corbin
Patrick Corbin

Good or Bad: Good

Corbin is having a great rookie season for the surprising Arizona Diamondbacks. Corbin is currently 10-1. Corbin’s stats, 2.40 ERA and 0.98 WHIP, have shown his dominance for the Diamondbacks. Although Patrick has not struck out many batters, he is mature for his age and knows how to pitch. Since opponents have been unable to solve Corbin, Corbin should improve during the second half of the season.

Jose Fernandez

Jose Fernandez
Jose Fernandez

Good or Bad: Good

Fernandez is another rookie sensation, who has a bright future. Jose is the only player on the Marlins, who had an All-Star worthy first half. Jose had only five wins, even though he had a 2.83 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. Jose’s dominant stuff allows him to strikeout more than 9 batters per 9 innings. Along with Jacob Turner, the Marlins will have a good 1-2 punch for years to come.

Matt Harvey

Matt Harvey
Matt Harvey

Good or Bad: Good

The crown jewel of the young starters had a great first half of the season. Some believe that Harvey is the best in the majors. Harvey has three excellent pitches, which allows him to dominate hitters. Harvey maintained a 2.35 ERA and 0.92 WHIP, during his first half. Harvey has the most strikeouts in the National League. He would be a great selection to start the All-Star game at his home park.

Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw
Clayton Kershaw

Good or Bad: Good

In my opinion, Kershaw is the best pitcher in baseball and should be starting the All-Star game. Kershaw has the lowest WHIP, 0.90, and ERA, 1.89, in the league, while having the highest WAR, 5.3. Kershaw ranks second in innings pitched and strikeouts. Kershaw should have a lot more than 8 wins. Kershaw is a future Hall of Famer and should be the starter and Cy Young Award winner for the National League.

Cliff Lee

Cliff Lee
Cliff Lee

Good or Bad: Good

Cliff has been one of the most consistent and dominant pitchers over the last 5 years. After a down year, Lee has 10 wins while pitching to a 2.73 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and 4.4 WAR. Although Lee does not have great strikeout totals, 119 K, he can locate all his pitches, which makes batters look silly. Lee is best during the playoffs, 2.52 ERA. Lee is one of the most mature and mentally tough pitchers in MLB.

Jeff Locke

Jeff Locke
Jeff Locke

Good or Bad: Good

Locke is an underrated pitcher, who had a great first half of the season. The 25 year-old lefty has the second lowest ERA in the majors, 2.15 ERA. Jeff Locke is ranked top 15 among NL starters in WHIP, 1.13, and 2.7 WAR. Locke has been the leader of the Pirates pitching staff, which has been incredible this season. Although Locke will not continue his 2.15 ERA, he should be given the All-Star nomination.

Adam Wainwright

Adam Wainwright
Adam Wainwright

Good or Bad: Good

Wainwright is a great pitcher because of his ability to control all of his pitches. Wainwright does not walk batters. Adam strikes out 9 batters for every batter he walks, which is highest since 2010, Cliff Lee’s 10.28 SO/BB. Along with his stellar 0.99 WHIP and 2.30 ERA, Wainwright is leading the league in innings, shutouts, and complete games. Wainwright is one of the best pitchers in the game and should be in this All-Star game.

Travis Wood

Travis Wood
Travis Wood

Good or Bad: Good

Wood is the Cubs lone All-Star. Wood is ranked top ten in ERA, 2.69, WHIP, 0.97, and WAR, 3.3. Even though Wood has a great ERA, Wood has only 6 wins for the disgraceful Chicago Cubs. Wood, similar Locke, does not have great strikeout number and will not continue his 2.69 ERA, but he should be pitching in New York for the Mid-Summer Classic.

Jordan Zimmermann

Jordan Zimmermann
Jordan Zimmermann

Good or Bad: Good

Although the Nationals have Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann has been their best starter. Zimmermann is ranked top seven in ERA, WHIP, Innings, and WAR. Zimmermann had been extremely underrated for the Washington Nationals, but he is finally gaining popularity and respect. Zimmermann will go to many future All-Star games because of his great stuff and control. Zimmermann has only walked 18 men this season.

Relievers

Aroldis Chapman

Aroldis Chapman
Aroldis Chapman

Good or Bad: Bad

Replacement: Edward Mujica

Edward Mujica
Edward Mujica

The hardest throwing closer in MLB is having another great season for the Cincinnati Reds. However, Edward Mujica should be have given the nod instead of the Cuban Missile. Besides for strikeouts, Mujica has a better ERA, WHIP, Saves, Innings, less Blown Saves, less BB, and less runs allowed. Although Chapman’s strikeout totals are impressive, Mujica has been a more effective and steady than Aroldis during the first half of the season.

Jason Grilli

Jason Grilli
Jason Grilli

Good or Bad: Good

Grilli has been great for the Pittsburgh Pirates this season. Without Grilli, the Pirates would not be first in the NL Central. Grilli leads closers in WHIP, Saves, Strikeouts, and Save Conversion Percentage. Grilli’s overpowering fastball has made Pirates’ fans forget about All-Star closer Joel Hanrahan. Grilli’s success has given confidence and allowed their other relievers to become comfortable and impressive.

Craig Kimbrel

Craig Kimbrel
Craig Kimbrel

Good or Bad: Good

Kimbrel is one of the most dynamic relief pitchers in baseball. Although he does not have the same strikeout numbers as last year, Kimbrel has been as effective. Kimbrel has the lowest ERA, 1.62, only allowing 6 runs this whole season. Kimbrel has the chance to be a lesser version of Mariano Rivera and may even challenge his all-time save number. Although he will never be as good as Rivera, Kimbrel is a great closer and is only 25 years-old.

Stats and pic from espn.com

Who we really want to see in the Home Run Derby

By: Jon

 

On July 15, Citi Field will be hosting the 2013 Home Run Derby. Citi Field is still known as a pitcher’s park even though the Mets brought in the fences this past offseason. However, the Home Run Derby as a majority of people feel that it is the best part of the All-Star weekend. Who doesn’t like watching their favorite hitters bash 450 foot bombs into the New York Sky. Home Run Derby captains Robinson Cano (AL) and David Wright (NL) each have the option of choosing 3 hitters from their perspective leagues. So who should they pick?

Cano has many different options he can go with: Adam Dunn, averaged 39 HR a year for his career, Miguel Cabrera, 2012 Triple Crown winner, Edwin Encarnacion, currently second in the majors in HR, or David Ortiz, Big Papi and a former winner of the event. However, I would choose none of them for this event. Besides Cano, I would have:

First: Chris Davis

Chris Davis
Chris Davis

Currently, Chris Davis is leading all of Major League Baseball in home runs with 28. Davis is known for his power as 4 of his homers has gone over 425 feet. Davis currently has 6 more home runs than anyone else in the league. Imagine what he could do in batting practice.

Second: Prince Fielder

Prince Fielder
Prince Fielder

After already winning the event twice and the former champion, Prince should come back to defend his crown in Flushing. Who does not love watching Prince Fielder use his whole body to hit the ball as far as humanly possible? Although Prince has not hit many homers this season, 12, he is a consistent 30 home run man. Over the past 6 years, Prince has averaged 38 home runs a season. The home run derby is an entertainment and I feel that nothing is funnier in baseball than watching Prince use his large body to mash balls into the sky.

Third: Jose Bautista

Jose Bautista
Jose Bautista

One of the most feared power hitters over the past few years, Jose Bautista has lead the league twice in homers in the past 3 seasons. Over the previous three seasons, Jose has average 41 home runs a season, which includes last year where he 70 games. Jose has hit three balls over 425 feet and we would surely see more than that if he was in the competition.

Alternate Mark Trumbo:

Mark Trumbo
Mark Trumbo

Although he is not a well known hitter like Prince or Bautista, Trumbo could have the most power in the league. It is amazing how his short swing can produce so much power. He has the longest home run this season, 475 ft. Mark has hit 9 home runs over 425, which is the most in the league.

Although the NL does not have the power hitters of the AL, they can still boast a quality lineup that can compete.

First: Carlos Gonzalez (Cargo)

Carlos Gonzalez
Carlos Gonzalez

Carlos Gonzalez has been an absolute beast at the plate this season. Cargo is currently leading the NL in homers and not many have been cheapies. 5 of Gonzalez’s 21 homers have gone over 425 feet. Cargo has a sweet, huge swing that can produce countless amounts of home runs during the home run derby. He would surely put on a show on July 15.

Second: Jay Bruce

Jay Bruce
Jay Bruce

The left handed hitting Bruce from Cincinnati should be one of David Wright’s pick for the Home Run Derby. Bruce hit the third longest home run, 472 ft, and lately has been extremely hot, 8 home runs in last 11 games. Bruce has hit 8 of his 18 home runs over 425 feet. Although the Great American Ballpark is known as a hitter’s park, Bruce should not be looked down upon because most of his homers would go out in any park.

Third: Justin Upton

Justin Upton
Justin Upton

The young, switch hitting outfielder for the Atlanta Braves has a lot of power. His short combat swing, similar to Trumbo, could definitely mash home run after home run. Although Upton has cooled down lately, over half over Upton’s 15 home runs (8) has gone over 425 ft. Although Mets fans would not like to see him mash homers in their stadium, we should want him to in the event.

Alternate: Paul Goldschmidt

Paul Goldschmidt
Paul Goldschmidt

Paul Goldschmidt is an MVP candidate for the Diamondbacks with his 19 HR and 65 RBI. I’m sure most baseball fans would love to see this masher show off his power at Citi Field.

 

Comment on your favorite home run hitters!

Stats from ESPN.com