2019 All Star Fantasy Baseball Team

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Don't ask me how, but we have already reached the halfway point of the baseball season as the Mid-Summer Classic is upon us.  A week or so ago we finally found out the All-Star rosters and discovered how good (or bad) the fans did.  The real life All-Star Game, albeit for the fans, has become a popularity contest more and more every year.  While some guys become no brainers, like Mike Trout, others get in solely because of the fans.  I know, I know, the game is for the fans, and it should be.  But, the game is equally about idolizing the BEST players in the league and putting that in to the fans hands, sometimes gives us the really good, but not the best.

But what about a Fantasy All-Star Team?  Well that becomes a little more convoluted.  You have to consider overall stats, but also value.  What pick did you have to waste on that player, or what players have given a manager the most bang for their buck?  Well I am glad you asked.  Without further ado, I present to you my 2019 Fantasy Baseball All-Star Team.

Catcher: Christian Vazquez
  • Who in the world saw this coming?  Vazquez went universally undrafted in Fantasy Drafts and rightfully so. In his career, Vazquez had hit a total of 10 home runs in the Major Leagues.  Well after Sunday's opposite field home run against Detroit, he finishes the first half with 14 this season alone.  That goes with a .299 average and 41 runs batted in.  Yes, Grandal has more RBI's and Sanchez has more home runs, but you had to use roughly your 5th-10th pick to acquire them.  All you needed to acquire Vazquez was to have your eyes on a little something called the Waiver Wire.

First Base:  Josh Bell
  • This was a toss up for me between Bell and Pete Alonso.  In the end I go with Bell for two reasons.  First, besides home runs (Alonso has him beat by three), Bell has just flat out been better.  And while there was no certainty Alonso was even going to start the season on the big league roster, he was still drafted typically higher than Bell because of pure hype.  And while we have seen that hype validated, Bell has been an incredible value, and probably in the the Top 3 for MVP candidates behind Bellinger and Yelich.  Bell has raked to the tune of a .302 average, 27 long balls, and 84 RBI's.  This appears to be the Josh Bell fans were told about for years.

Second Base: DJ LeMahieu
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  • So much for that whole mantra of "he was only good because of Coors Field" huh?  If you were one of the few that still believed in LeMahieu's skills, then good on you because a lot of folks became non-believers.  What you got for trusting him was without question, the Yankees first half MVP, and the AL batting leader at the midway mark.  Oh, and if you think he is only so good because he plays in the hitters paradise of Yankee Stadium now, his average on the road is actually one point better than at home.  Thanks for playing folks!

Third Base: Rafael Devers
  • If you know anything about me at all, you know I am not exactly an advocate for anything pro Red Sox. But the fact that Rafael Devers will be watching Tuesday's game from his couch, is absolutely blasphemous.  Devers has finally put it all together and is arguably the best third baseman RIGHT NOW; real life and fantasy. His stats rival Arenado and are overall better than Bregman so far this season. If MLB won't give him his due, I at least will. You hear that Rafael? You're an All Star in my book. 

Shortstop: Ketel Marte
  • I was really surprised to see Marte make the All-Star team as a starter.  Not that he does not deserve it, because he does, and I voted for him, but because I felt not enough people would.  Before this season Marte was basically a .260 hitter.  This year he has completely burst onto the scene and ends the first half at .311 and 20 home runs.  As a guy who was probably roughly the 15th, if not later, shortstop off the board, he becomes a no brainer Fantasy All-Star.

Outfield 1: Mike Trout
  • I know it takes the number one overall pick to roster him, but it doesn't matter because he is ALWAYS worth it; .301. 28 bombs. 67 RBI's.  In case you're wondering, that projects for a final line that includes 50 home runs and over 110 runs batted in.  All-Star in real life. All-Star in fantasy.  All-Star in our hearts.

Outfield 2: Max Kepler
  • Kepler has never hit above .243 in his short career, nor has he ever hit more than 20 home runs in a season.  Well, it's the All-Star Break and he already has 21 and is on pace to finish with 39 and 102.  Who willingly drafted Max Kepler?  Be honest, no one, and THAT is why he is a 2019 Fantasy All-Star.

Outfield 3: Cody Bellinger/Christian Yelich
  • Okay so I am cheating here - or am I?  They are basically the same exact player this year.  It's scary.  Don't believe me?  Look at these side by side stats:
           
           Practically identical. Not only are they real life and fantasy All-Stars, they are MVP's.

 Starting Pitcher 1: Hyun-Jin Ryu
  • Whether you know it or not, Ryu has always been a really good pitcher since he came stateside six years ago.  It is just this year, he has become great.  A middle of the rotation, mid 3's ERA kind of guy has become a staff ace and will become the first Korean born pitcher ever to start a Major League All Star game Tuesday night.  He sports a clean 1.73 ERA as the first half ends and, barring health (the only thing that has held him back in the past), he shows no signs of slowing down.

Starting Pitcher 2: Mike Minor
  • Here is a guy that seems to have received zero love this year.  Toeing the rubber every fifth day in the launching pad known as the Ballpark in Arlington, Minor has defaulted himself as the Rangers ace because of his 2.54 ERA.  He has thrown two complete games and has only gone less than five innings twice.  His first start of the season, and his last.  Besides those two bad bookends, Minor has been nothing short of spectacular considering he was a waiver wire addition in almost all leagues.

Starting Pitcher 3: Luis Castillo
  • Do folks realize how good Luis Castillo has been this year?  A sub 2.30 ERA and on pace for over 230 strikeouts.  Castillo is a huge reason why the Reds end the first half only a couple games out of first place in the tightly contested Nl Central.  Still only 26 years old, the best may still be yet to come.

Relief Pitcher:  Kirby Yates
  • Let's be honest, in fantasy, you target relief pitchers for one thing, and one thing only.  Saves. Well it is July 9th and Kirby Yates already has 30.  Taken after the Chapmans, Jansens, and Diazs of the world, Yates is a clear cut Fantasy All-Star.


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