The 2010 National League All Star team will be announced on July 4th, but that only begins the debate on who deserves the 2010 National League All Star spots. There are some great players that have been having off years in 2010, and then there are also a few players that have really reached for that spotlight and grabbed it. The 2010 National League All Star team will definitely have a host of great players on it, but it could also lead to a few surprises when all of the selections are completed. Until then, and even after that point, here is who we feel are the most deserving 2010 National League All Stars.
The Most Deserving 2010 National League All Stars
Catcher — Miguel Olivo — Colorado Rockies
In an off season for catchers in the National League, Miguel Olivo has put up a great season in limited action for the Colorado Rockies. Olivo leads all catchers in RBI with 34, has 10 home runs, and is batting .295 through 52 games with the Rockies. He is a tough catcher that has been doing quite well for Colorado, and he could unfortunately be overlooked when it comes to the 2010 National League All Star team.
First Base — Albert Pujols — St. Louis Cardinals
It has been an amazing season for first baseman in the National League, with Ryan Howard, Adrian Gonzales, Joey Votto, and Adam Dunn putting up great seasons. Albert Pujols is still just a hair above where they are sitting though, and his .422 ob base percentage gives him the tie-breakers. Pujols is having an off-year by his standards, but his 16 home runs, 51 RBI, and .306 batting average is still worthy of starting for the 2010 National League All Star team.
Second Base — Martin Prado — Atlanta Braves
Martin Prado is now getting some national recognition, and his .331 batting average has made him a darling in fantasy baseball leagues. He also has seven home runs, 23 doubles, and 32 RBI so far through 76 games this season. He has also been a great lynch-pin for the Atlanta Braves this season, and all of that makes him very worthy of a starting spot. He won’t receive the fan vote, but very much deserves to be a National League reserve.
Third Base — Scott Rolen — Cincinnati Reds
Scott Rolen has returned to being one of the elite third basemen in baseball, and has been a very wonderful surprise for the Cincinnati Reds this season. Through his first 70 games played, he is hitting .301 with 17 home runs and 53 RBI, showing quite the resurgence in his career. He too is a player that had been under the radar, but deserves to start for the 2010 National League All Star team.
Shortstop — Hanley Ramirez — Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez is still one of the best hitters in the game, and he is having a slightly better season than Jose Reyes over in New York or Troy Tulowitzki in Colorado. Ramirez had a tough spell earlier in the season, but is now hitting .295 with 11 home runs and 46 RBI to go along with 14 stolen bases at the 74 game mark of his season. That makes him an easy selection for the All Star team.
Outfield — Andre Ethier — Los Angeles Dodgers
Andre Ethier is having a great year for Los Angeles so far, hitting .317 with 19 doubles, 12 home runs and 46 RBI through his first 58 games of the season. He is behind in games played, but has still put up numbers that rank near the best in the National League through the first half of the season.
Outfield — Corey Hart — Milwaukee Brewers
Corey Hart is hitting .272 with 18 home runs and 58 RBI through his first 67 games in the 2010 MLB season, making him a surprising leader in the National League right now. He is very much deserving of a slot on the 2010 National league All Star team, and needs to be one of the selections to come out of Milwaukee when the final rosters are announced.
Outfield — Jayson Werth — Philadelphia Phillies
Jayson Werth has been putting up great numbers for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2010, posting a batting average of .292 with 13 home runs and 47 RBI through his first 72 games of the season. He might not be as well known as a Ryan Braun or a Matt Kemp right now, but he is standing out as one of the best in the National League right now.
Starting Pitcher — Ubaldo Jimenez — Colorado Rockies
Ubaldo Jimenez of the Colorado Rockies stands out from a great class of National League starting pitchers this season. Through his first 15 starts, Jimenez has posted a 13-1 record with just a 1.60 ERA. He has been extremely impressive, and doing this in Colorado simply raises the impressiveness of his accomplishments this year. It’s not even really a debate when it comes to him deserving a start in the 2010 All Star Game.
Closer — Jonathan Broxton — Los Angeles Dodgers
Broxton leads a group of great closers during the 2010 season, even with his melt down against the New York Yankees. He has 16 saves and a 1.87 ERA through his first 34 games, and coupled with his 49 strikeouts has a slight edge over Billy Wagner and Heath Bell to win this spot.
Stats from: www.mlb.com