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Let’s figure out which Royals will make the All-Star team

Here's what the American League roster could look like.

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Voting is now over, but we will soon find out if the efforts of Royals fans were enough to send Salvador Perez and Eric Hosmer to the All-Star Game as starters together for the second consecutive season. Mike Moustakas, Whit Merrifield, and Lorenzo Cain are also possibilities to get voted in if they get a late push, and could be considered as reserves selected by the Commissioner's office, as well as pitcher Jason Vargas.

The entire team will be revealed this Sunday at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN, but in the meantime let’s try to figure out what the American League All-Star team might look like and how many Royals will be on it. With the new labor deal, 32 players will be named Sunday (with five players up for the final vote), and every team must have one representative. Injuries and replacements will also affect the roster quite a bit. (Numbers are through Wednesday's games)

Edit: Forgot about new changes to the All-Star Game from the CBA!

Catcher

Candidates PA AVG OBA SLG wRC+ HR fWAR
Alex Avila, DET 191 .321 .435 .597 174 11 2.4
Gary Sanchez, NYY 205 .285 .376 .536 143 13 1.9
Salvador Perez, KCR 278 .291 .321 .536 120 16 1.7
Brian McCann, HOU 221 .266 .344 .464 114 10 1.4
Mike Zunino, SEA 195 .240 .313 .474 111 10 1.1

Salvy leads the voting at catcher by a pretty wide margin, so it is safe to assume he will get the start in Miami. Gary Sanchez probably has the best chance of unseating Salvy as starter in the near future, and will likely make it as a reserve. Alex Avila is having a fluky good season, and with few other good candidates, seems a good bet to be there as well.

All-Stars: Salvador Perez (starter), Alex Avila, Gary Sanchez

First base

Candidates PA AVG OBA SLG wRC+ HR fWAR
Logan Morrison, TBR 307 .250 .355 .565 139 22 2.4
Yonder Alonso, OAK 257 .283 .377 .570 151 17 2.0
Justin Smoak, TOR 286 .301 .367 .590 150 21 2.0
Eric Hosmer, KCR 318 .306 .365 .465 120 9 0.8
Miguel Cabrera, DET 275 .265 .360 .454 114 10 0.7

Things could change in the last week of voting, but Eric Hosmer has held onto the lead at first base for the last two weeks. That may rankle some stat guys, as Eric Hosmer rates just a bit over replacement level, despite hitting over .300 for the second time in his career. But it is not hard to see the appeal in a weak year at first base with big names like Miguel Cabrera and Albert Pujols have seasons in decline.

All-Stars: Eric Hosmer (starter), Logan Morrison, Yonder Alonso, Justin Smoak

Second Base

Candidates PA AVG OBA SLG wRC+ HR fWAR
Jose Altuve, HOU 337 .328 .402 .527 150 11 3.5
Jed Lowrie, OAK 310 .288 .358 .489 129 9 2.1
Jonathan Schoop, BAL 306 .293 .350 .540 131 15 1.8
Starlin Castro, NYY 313 .313 .348 .486 121 12 1.7
Robinson Cano, SEA 304 .283 .339 .480 118 14 1.7

Jose Altuve seems like a near-lock to start at second base, and deservedly so as he is heads and tails better than anyone else. Bigger names like Brian Dozier, Ian Kinsler, Dustin Pedroia, and Jason Kipnis have had disappointing seasons, which could open things up for a new face. Although he was fourth in the voting last week, it seems very unlikely Whit Merrifield will make it as even a reserve.

All-Stars: Jose Altuve (starter), Jonathan Schoop

Shortstop

Candidates PA AVG OBA SLG wRC+ HR fWAR
Carlos Correa, HOU 323 .305 .384 .515 141 14 2.8
Xander Bogaerts, BOS 321 .316 .371 .463 117 5 2.7
Andrelton Simmons, LAA 336 .280 .333 .423 106 8 2.3
Didi Gregorious, NYY 224 .313 .332 .486 114 9 1.9
Jean Segura, SEA 229 .336 .386 .460 131 5 1.5

Correa seems like a good bet to join teammate Jose Altuve up the middle for the Midsummer Classic. The Yankees have a chance to have their double-play team on the team as well. Don't expect Alcides Escobar to be anywhere near this roster.

All-Stars: Carlos Correa (starter), Xander Bogaerts

Third Base

Candidates PA AVG OBA SLG wRC+ HR fWAR
Jose Ramirez, CLE 318 .322 .377 .557 145 12 2.9
Miguel Sano, MIN 293 .274 .375 .548 140 18 2.3
Manny Machado, BAL 317 .223 .297 .435 88 15 1.6
Mike Moustakas, KCR 291 .271 .309 .542 117 20 1.5
Evan Longoria, TBR 342 .255 .319 .438 100 12 1.5

Sano has surpassed Machado in voting, and with his breakout season that seems more fitting. Machado is still excelling with the glove, but is hitting just .223, well-short of All-Star status. The National League is absolutely stacked at third, but injuries to Adrian Beltre and slumps to Machado and Evan Longoria could open things up for Mike Moustakas to make the squad, although the Final Five is a possibility as well.

All-Stars: Miguel Sano (starter), Jose Ramirez, Mike Moustakas

Outfield/Designated Hitter

Candidates PA AVG OBA SLG wRC+ HR fWAR
Aaron Judge, NYY 323 .333 .449 .704 200 27 5.1
George Springer, HOU 332 .289 .367 .585 153 24 3.3
Corey Dickerson, TBR 331 .333 .375 .583 154 17 3.0
Aaron Hicks, NYY 242 .290 .398 .515 144 10 2.7
Mookie Betts, BOS 343 .272 .347 .475 112 12 2.6
Lorenzo Cain, KCR 313 .286 .358 .457 115 10 2.4
Avisail Garcia, CHW 309 .318 .362 .512 131 11 2.1
Stephen Souza, TBR 316 .265 .371 .481 132 14 2.1
Marwin Gonzalez, HOU 214 .315 .401 .582 162 13 1.8
Trey Mancini, BAL 235 .323 .366 .585 147 14 1.6
Nelson Cruz, SEA 313 .286 .371 .502 134 14 1.3
Khris Davis, OAK 324 .256 .336 .526 129 21 1.1
Ryon Healy, OAK 315 .272 .302 .522 118 19 0.5

Mike Trout would be voted in as a starter along with George Springer and Aaron Judge, if voting held, but Trout will be out for the game with an injury. After those three, the outfield crop gets pretty thin. It is so thin, a guy named Abraham Almonte, who has an OPS of .660 with the Indians, his fourth organization, is in the top 15 in voting. Corey Dickerson seems like the best bet to replace Trout as a starter, with 2016 All-Star Mookie Betts as a reserve. Avisail Garcia has had a surprisingly good season and could be the lone White Sox representative. A thin class could create an opening for the red-hot Lorenzo Cain. Nelson Cruz leads vote-getters at designated hitter.

All-Stars: Aaron Judge (starter), George Springer (starter),  Mike Trout (injured), Corey Dickerson (starter), Nelson Cruz (starter) Mookie Betts, Avisail Garcia

Starting Pitchers

Candidates W L ERA FIP IP K/9 fWAR
Chris Sale, BOS 10 3 2.77 2.05 113.2 12.3 4.7
Chris Archer, TBR 6 4 3.88 2.88 104.1 10.9 3.1
Luis Severino, NYY 5 3 3.15 3.08 94.1 10.2 2.7
Michael Fulmer, DET 6 6 3.29 3.07 93.0 6.9 2.6
Lance McCullers, HOU 7 1 2.53 2.75 81.2 10.7 2.4
Corey Kluber, CLE 6 2 3.24 2.66 72.1 11.6 2.4
Jason Vargas, KCR 11 3 2.29 3.46 94.1 6.7 2.2
Yu Darvish, TEX 6 6 3.11 3.75 107.0 9.7 2.0
Dallas Keuchel, HOU 9 0 1.67 3.10 75.2 8.2 1.9
Marcus Stroman, TOR 8 4 3.41 3.96 100.1 7.5 1.6
Jose Berrios, MIN 7 2 2.98 3.37 60.1 9.0 1.4
C.C. Sabathia, NYY 7 2 3.46 4.12 75.1 7.4 1.2
Ervin Santana, MIN 10 4 2.80 4.58 106.0 6.9 1.2

Jason Vargas seems like a decent bet to start the game as he leads the league in both wins and ERA among qualified starters (Dallas Keuchel falls short of qualifying right now). Yu Darvish will be the only rep from Texas. Vargas starts next Wednesday, which would leave him available to start for the AL squad. On the other hand, many of these pitchers will end up being unavailable due to starting the weekend before and will be replaced. Keuchel, for one, has been out and seems unlikely to be on the active roster

All-Stars: Yu Darvish, Michael Fulmer, Dallas Keuchel (injured), Corey Kluber, Lance McCullers, Chris Sale, Ervin Santana, Jason Vargas

Relievers

Candidates SV ERA FIP IP K/9 fWAR
Craig Kimbrel, BOS 21 1.07 0.44 33.2 16.30 2.3
Andrew Miller, CLE 1 1.52 1.62 41.1 13.90 1.8
Chris Devenski, HOU 3 2.33 2.28 46.1 12.40 1.7
Roberto Osuna, TOR 19 2.32 1.49 31.0 12.50 1.5
Blake Parker, LAA 1 2.04 1.38 35.1 13.00 1.4
Brad Brach, BAL 14 2.62 3.61 34.1 8.70 0.6
Joe Kelly, BOS 0 1.10 3.50 32.2 6.60 0.5
Brandon Kintzler, MIN 21 2.62 3.63 34.1 6.00 0.5
Cody Allen, CLE 15 2.90 3.56 31.0 12.80 0.5

Managers are increasingly relying on relievers to fill out All-Stars rosters since they don't have to worry about work schedules like they do with starting pitchers. Expect some familiar faces such as Kimbrel and Miiller, and it would be great to see Osuna on the team after his anxiety issues this year. Technically the Angels have a representative in the injured Mike Trout, but they may still try to give the Angels an actual participant, so I'll have Blake Parker on the team.

All-Stars: Cody Allen, Craig Kimbrel, Andrew Miller, Roberto Osuna, Blake Parker

Final Five: Brad Brach, Didi Gregorius, Aaron Hicks, Brandon Kintzler, Marcus Stroman

What do you think? Who will end up in Miami?