There are plenty of games to be played before the All-Star game, however, let’s discuss some of the potential All-Star candidates on the New York Yankees.
It’s possible that we see a Golden State Warriors or Atlanta Hawks type of representation from the Yankees this season. Many of the Yankees’ players break the boundaries for their respective positions, which is terrifying, to say the least.
Sir Didi, Shortstop Esquire
Didi Gregorius has cooled off significantly since his hot start to the season. He’s currently 11th in batting for American League shortstops. He was batting well over .300 early on and led the American League in home runs and RBI.
Despite the slump, his prospects for an All-Star nod are relatively high. Among shortstops, Gregorious ranks fourth in runs, third in home runs, and is tied for third in RBI. He is still very much in consideration for the best shortstop the Yankees have seen since Derek Jeter, and possibly the best shortstop this season. The statistics and poise support the claim. Gregorius just has to turn himself around to make it happen.
All Rise, please.
Of course, Aaron Judge will be a part of this conversation, considering his budding greatness and notoriety in the league.
Judge has been on a tear this season, notching 14 home runs and 39 RBI while batting .290. Perhaps the only negative to his game at this point is his strikeouts. He leads all right fielders with 66. High strikeouts are common among today’s big sluggers, so this stat is largely overlooked when a player produces like Judge.
Aside from strikeout woes, Judge is still a quality example of what we’d expect on an All-Star roster. Placing second in WAR to Mookie Betts (Judge with 2.7, Betts with 4.1), Judge can still climb the rankings for immediate contention as a starter come the All-Star game.
If he secures a spot, this will be Judge’s second All-Star appearance in as many qualifying years. This is only the beginning of what could be a highly successful career.
Stanton in the cut
Fans were booing him at one point, and his batting was sluggish to start the season, but Giancarlo Stanton cannot be ignored in a discussion about left fielders.
Pardon me for consistently bringing up past achievements, but 59 home runs still ring true in Stanton’s history. He’s batting .246 and ranks fifth in slugging percentage at .800.
It’ll be a trek, however, if Stanton can surpass quite a few left fielders in the American League, he would guarantee his spot as an All-Star starter.
Last but not least, Gary Sanchez doesn’t have much competition at catcher, at least from a batting perspective.
Incidentally, Sanchez’ batting has been atrocious, as he’s batting .220. We’ve seen this happen with Sanchez before, which is concerning but reassuring all at once. Even with one of the worst batting averages for catchers, Sanchez is responsible for 33 RBI and 12 home runs. He has 30 total runs to his name, giving him a sizable lead over all other catchers.
On the other end of things, Sanchez’ eight passed balls might make his case a bit harder to defend. We’re talking about the All-Star game, though. Dingers and an offensive showcase are usually more than enough to make a squad (or playing in a large market).
Sanchez has impressed Yankees fans for a couple of years now and he can only continue that type of play as part of a franchise destined for success. That said, with so much time left until the All-Star break, Sanchez can work on his hitting in order to bolster his average, further securing a role as an All-Star starter.
We’ll see soon enough
The All-Star Game is scheduled for July 17 in Washington D.C.
The Yankees have the potential to send more representatives than other teams in the league. The aforementioned players have all been heavily responsible for the success the New York Yankees have seen this season, so you shouldn’t be surprised if all four of them make their way into the starting lineup.