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What If MLB Had an All Star Game Draft?

(MLB All star game will take place in Cleveland at Progressive field. Photo taken by Arturo Pardavila III)

Increasing the popularity of the game amongst the younger fans has been one of the main concerns for commissioner Rob Manfred and the rest of MLB as many rule changes have been proposed and many have been instated. One thing that I think could help this concern is not a change to the game, or a new rule, but a change to the All Star game, instead of just having all the players set on the A.L. and N.L. teams, why not have them drafted onto a team picked by the player who got the most votes in the A.L. and the most votes in the N.L? The draft would also be televised, and I believe that this would definitely increase viewership for the game, because who wouldn’t want to watch their favorite players get drafted onto teams that would play each other?

Sure this is piggybacking off of what the NBA has done, but the way I see this is that it will garner more fans and viewers to watch both the draft and the game.

In this article, I will be looking at a scenario where this actually happens with the 2019 All Star rosters as I, and another contributor to Diamond Digest, will be drafting teams to see how this scenario would play out.

The captains for each team will be the two players who got the most votes for the A.L. and the N.L., so Mike Trout for the A.L., and Christian Yelich for the N.L.

First, a few rules

  • The starters will be voted on first to respect the fan vote and honor those who garnered the most votes per position.
  • Once we move onto the reserves, each team will get to pick two players each.
  • There will be a separate round to pick the DHs and starting pitchers for each team after the starting positions are picked.

Note: This draft will not include any replacement players as the draft was completed once the first rosters were announced.

I will be picking as Team Yelich and Jordan Lazowski will be picking as Team Trout.

Starters Round

Team Trout: Cody Bellinger, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers

2019 First Half Stats: .336/.432/.692, 30 HR, 70 RBI, and 5.7 fWAR

Team Yelich: Nolan Arenado, 3B, Colorado Rockies

2019 First Half Stats: .312/.377/.562, 20 HR, 67 RBI, and 3.2 fWAR

Team Trout: Javier Baez, SS, Chicago Cubs

2019 First Half Stats: .289/.324/.556, 22 HR, 62 RBI, and 3.4 fWAR

Team Yelich: Ronald Acuna Jr. OF, Atlanta Braves

2019 First Half Stats: .292/.377/.506, 21 HR, 53 RBI, and 3.2 fWAR

Team Trout: Freddie Freeman, 1B, Atlanta Braves

2019 First Half Stats: .309/.394/.584 23 HR, 68 RBI, and 2.9 fWAR

Team Yelich: Gary Sanchez, C, New York Yankees

2019 First Half Stats: .245/.315/.556, 24 HR, 57 RBI, and 1.7 fWAR

Team Trout: George Springer, OF, Houston Astros

2019 First Half Stats: .303/.384/.589, 18 HR, 46 RBI 2.8 fWAR

Team Yelich: Michael Brantley, OF, Houston Astros

2019 First Half Stats: .324/.383/.511, 12 HR, 46 RBI, and 2.6 fWAR

Team Trout: D.J. LeMahieu, 2B, New York Yankees

2019 First Half Stats: .336/.383/.518, 12 HR, 63 RBI, and 3.4 fWAR

Team Yelich: Carlos Santana, 1B, Cleveland Indians

2019 First Half Stats: .297/.418/.540, 19 HR, 52 RBI, 2.9 fWAR

Team Trout: Alex Bregman, 3B, Houston Astros

2019 First Half Stats: .265/.393/.533, 23 HR, 56 RBI, and 2.5 fWAR

Team Yelich: Ketel Marte, 2B, Arizona Diamondbacks

2019 First Half Stats: .311/.359/.559, 20 HR, 53 RBI, and 3.8 fWAR

Team Trout: Willson Contreras, C, Chicago Cubs

2019 First Half Stats: .264/.381/.556, 18 HR, 52 RBI, and 2.4 fWAR

Team Yelich: Jorge Polanco, SS, Minnesota Twins

2019 First Half Stats: .312/.368/.514, 13 HR, 42 RBI, and 2.9 fWAR

Starting Pitcher and DH Round

Team Yelich: Max Scherzer, SP, Washington Nationals

2019 First Half Stats: 2.30 ERA, 2.00 FIP, and 5.5 fWAR

Team Trout: Hyun Jin Ryu, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers

2019 First Half Stats: 1.73 ERA, 2.88 FIP, and 3.1 fWAR

Team Trout: J.D. Martinez, DH, Boston Red Sox

2019 First Half Stats: .304/.376/.541, 18 HR, 48 RBI, and 1.8 fWAR

Team Yelich: Hunter Pence, DH, Texas Rangers

2019 First Half Stats: .294/.353/.608, 15 HR, 48 RBI, and 1.6 fWAR

Reserves Round

Team Yelich: Justin Verlander, SP, Houston Astros

2019 First Half Stats: 2.98 ERA, 4.19 FIP, and 2.2 fWAR

Anthony Rendon, 3B, Washington Nationals

2019 First Half Stats: .304/.386/.611, 20 HR, 62 RBI, and 3.3 fWAR

Team Trout: Matt Chapman, 3B, Oakland Athletics

2019 First Half Stats: .265/.353/.534, 21 HR, 52 RBI, 3.6 fWAR

Pete Alonso, 1B, New York Mets

2019 First Half Stats: .280/.372/.634, 30 HR, 68 RBI, 3.6 fWAR

Team Yelich: Francisco Lindor, SS, Cleveland Indians

2019 First Half Stats: .296/.356/.511, 14 HR, 32 RBI, and 2.5 fWAR

Gerrit Cole, SP, Houston Astros

2019 First Half Stats: 3.09 ERA, 3.00 FIP, and 3.4 fWAR

Team Trout: Lucas Giolito, SP, Chicago White Sox

2019 First Half Stats: 3.15 ERA, 3.20 FIP, 3.1 fWAR

Jacob deGrom, SP, New York Mets

2019 First Half Stats: 3.27 ERA, 3.14 FIP, and 3.1 fWAR

Team Yelich: Walker Buehler, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers

2019 First Half Stats: 3.46 ERA, 2.84 FIP, and 3.1 fWAR

Joey Gallo, OF, Texas Rangers

2019 First Half Stats: .275/.417/.643, 20 HR, 46 RBI, 3.5 fWAR

Team Trout: Mike Soroka, SP, Atlanta Braves

2019 First Half Stats: 2.42 ERA, 3.09 FIP, 2.3 fWAR

Trevor Story, SS, Colorado Rockies

2019 First Half Stats: .292/.358/.549, 19 HR, 50 RBI, and 3.1 fWAR

Team Yelich: Zack Greinke, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks

2019 First Half Stats: 2.73 ERA, 3.15, and 3.1 fWAR

Charlie Blackmon, OF, Colorado Rockies

.330/.378/.632, 20 HR, 57 RBI, and 2.0 fWAR

Team Trout: Kirby Yates, RP, San Diego Padres

2019 First Half Stats: 1.15 ERA, 1.38 FIP, and 2.1 fWAR

Ryan Pressly, RP, Houston Astros

2019 First Half Stats: 1.36 ERA, 2.60 FIP, and 1.2 fWAR

Team Yelich: Clayton Kershaw, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers

2019 First Half Stats: 3.09 ERA, 3.59 FIP, and 2.1 fWAR

Mookie Betts, OF, Boston Red Sox

2019 First Half Stats: .272/.392/.467, 13 HR, 40 RBI, and 2.9 fWAR

Team Trout: Kris Bryant, 3B, Chicago Cubs

2019 First Half Stats: .297/.403/.552, 17 HR, 44 RBI, and 3.7 fWAR

Marcus Stroman, SP, Toronto Blue Jays

2019 First Half Stats: 3.18 ERA, 3.81 FIP, and 2.0 fWAR

Team Yelich: Aroldis Chapman, RP, New York Yankees

2019 First Half Stats: 1.84 ERA, 1.82 FIP, and 1.4 fWAR

Austin Meadows, OF, Tampa Bay Rays

2019 First Half Stats: .289/.364/.502, 12 HR, 41 RBI, and 1.8 fWAR

Team Trout: Yasmani Grandal, C, Milwaukee Brewers

2019 First Half Stats: .259/.372/.525, 19 HR, 48 RBI, and 3.2 fWAR

Luis Castillo, SP, Cincinnati Reds

2019 First Half Stats: 2.29 ERA, 3.66 FIP, and 2.1 fWAR

Team Yelich: Josh Hader, RP, Milwaukee Brewers

2019 First Half Stats: 2.09 ERA, 2.62 FIP, and 1.8 fWAR

Whit Merrifield, 2B, Kansas City Royals

2019 First Half Stats: .306/.355/.495, 11 HR, 44 RBI, and 2.3 fWAR

Team Trout: Brad Hand, SP, Cleveland Indians

2019 First Half Stats: 2.17 ERA, 1.92 ERA, and 1.5 fWAR

Mike Moustakas, 2B, Milwaukee Brewers

2019 First Half Stats: .263/.334/.551, 25 HR, 53 RBI, 2.4 fWAR

Team Yelich: Mike Minor, SP, Texas Rangers

2019 First Half Stats: 2.54 ERA, 3.77 FIP, and 2.8 fWAR

Josh Bell, 1B, Pittsburgh Pirates

2019 First Half Stats: .302/.376/.648, 27 HR, 84 RBI, and 2.8 fWAR

Team Trout: Charlie Morton, SP, Tampa Bay Rays, SP

2019 First Half Stats: 2.32 ERA, 2.84, and 3.1 fWAR

David Dahl, OF, Colorado Rockies

2019 First Half Stats: .308/.352/.530, 12 HR, 51 RBI, and 1.5 fWAR

Team Yelich: Jake Odorizzi, SP, Minnesota Twins

2019 First Half Stats: 3.15 ERA, 3.59 FIP, and 2.2 fWAR

James McCann, C, Chicago White Sox

2019 First Half Stats: .316/.371/.502, 9 HR, 30 RBI, and fWAR

Team Trout: Paul Dejong, SS, St. Louis Cardinals

2019 First Half Stats: .258/.343/.442, 13 HR, 36 RBI, and 2.8 fWAR

J.T. Realmuto, C, Philadelphia Phillies

2019 First Half Stats: .273/.328/.438, 10 HR, 42 RBI, and 2.8 fWAR

Team Yelich: Jeff McNeil, 2B, New York Mets

2019 First Half Stats: .349/.409/.509, 7 HR, 36 RBI, and 2.5 fWAR

Will Smith, RP, San Francisco Giants

2019 First Half Stats: 1.98 ERA, 2.02 FIP, and 1.3 fWAR

Team Trout: Tommy La Stella, 2B, Los Angeles Angels

2019 First Half Stats: .300/.353/.495, 16 HR, 44 RBI, and 2.2 fWAR

Shane Greene, SP, Detroit Tigers

2019 First Half Stats: 1.09 ERA, 3.72 FIP, and 0.7 fWAR

Team Yelich: John Means, SP, Baltimore Orioles

2019 First Half Stats: 2.50 ERA, 3.93 FIP, and 1.9 fWAR

Jose Abreu, 1B, Chicago White Sox

2019 First Half Stats: .278/.316/.522, 21 HR, 66 RBI, and 1.0 fWAR

Team Trout: Sandy Alcantara, SP, Miami Marlins

2019 First Half Stats: 3.82 ERA, 4.61 FIP, and 1.0 fWAR

Daniel Vogelbach, 1B, Seattle Mariners

2019 First Half Stats: .238/.375/.505, 21 HR, 51 RBI, and 2.1 fWAR

Final Rosters:

Team Trout Starters

C: Wilson Contreras

1B: Freddie Freeman

2B: D.J. Lemahieu

3B: Alex Bregman

SS: Javier Baez

OF: Mike Trout

OF: Cody Bellinger

OF: George Springer

DH: Hunter Pence

SP: Hyun Jin Ryu

Reserves:

C: Yasmani Grandal and J.T. Realmuto

1B: Pete Alonso and Daniel Vogelbach

2B: Mike Moustakas and Tommy La Stella

3B: Matt Chapman and Kris Bryant

SS: Trevor Story and Paul Dejong

OF: David Dahl

P: Jacob DeGrom, Lucas Giolito, Mike Soroka, Marcus Stroman, Luis Castillo, Charlie Morton, Sandy Alcantara, Ryan Pressly, Kirby Yates, and Brad Hand

Team Yelich Starters:

C: Gary Sanchez

1B: Carlos Santana

2B: Ketel Marte

3B: Nolan Arenado

SS: Jorge Polanco

OF: Christian Yelich

OF: Ronald Acuna Jr.

OF: George Springer

DH: Hunter Pence

SP: Max Scherzer

Reserves:

C: James McCann

1B: Jose Abreu and Josh Bell

2B: Whit Merrifield and Jeff McNeil

3B: Anthony Rendon

SS: Francisco Lindor

OF: Michael Brantley, Joey Gallo, Mookie Betts, Charlie Blackmon, Austin Meadows

P: Gerrit Cole, Walker Buehler, Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw, Josh Hader, Aroldis Chapman, Will Smith, John Means, Jake Odorizzi, Mike Minor

Conclusion:

Adding in the All Star game draft would certainly increase the popularity of not only the MLB All Star game, but would also increase the popularity of the game itself. But what do you think? Should the MLB add in a draft? And for this draft, who picked the better team? Which players were picked too high? Or too low?


Featured Photo: Arturo Pardavila III

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