The 2013 MLB All-Star rosters have been announced and there are more than a few surprising names that made the cut. Obviously players like Chris Davis and David Wright deserve their honors but other smaller profile names also got recognition.
There are deserving players on both rosters, but some selections were puzzling—albeit not always in a bad way. Here are the All-Star rosters for both the American and National League.
|*OF||Jose Bautista||Blue Jays|
|*DH||David Ortiz||Red Sox|
|^P||Clay Buchholz||Red Sox|
|P||Brett Cecil||Blue Jays|
|^P||Jesse Crain||White Sox|
|P||Chris Sale||White Sox|
|2B||Dustin Pedroia||Red Sox|
|DH||Edwin Encarnacion||Blue Jays|
|P||Patrick Corbin||D -Backs|
|1B||Paul Goldschmidt||D -Backs|
* = Starter
^ = Injured, will not play
Rosters courtesy of MLB.com.
Let's dive into the most and least deserving names that earned All-Star honors, starting with the lone Oakland Athletic who made the cut.
Bartolo Colon is 40 years old and well past his American League Cy Young honor in 2005. However, that has not stopped the Oakland hurler from having one heck of a season.
Over his last eight starts, the A's have won nine games. Colon owns an 11-3 record so far this year with 61 strikeouts and a 2.78 ERA. His ERA is good for No. 14 overall in all the MLB.
Despite wishing that more of his players made the AL roster, A's manager Bob Melvin enjoyed the fact Colon was honored, telling John Hickey of The San Jose Mercury News:
We had performances suggesting we had more than one guy. I'm very happy about Bartolo. To make the All-Star team at age 40 is pretty incredible.
This season, Colon has been a vital member of the Athletics, who are currently in first place in the AL West and playing an exciting brand of baseball out in the Bay Area.
One of two Milwaukee Brewers named to the National League squad, Jean Segura is a deserving first-time All-Star.
Segura is tied for second in the MLB in triples with eight and is eighth in average at .319. With 26 steals, 11 home runs and 35 RBI already this year, the young Brewer is on a tear.
With Troy Tulowitzki currently ailing from a rib injury, Segura might even start at shortstop for the NL. While Tulo is a great player, Segura isn't exactly a bad replacement for him.
Segura recorded three homers, 10 RBI and nine of his 26 steals in the month of June. Obviously excited about being named to the NL roster, he told Michael Hunt of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "It was a special moment. Sometimes I can't believe I'm on the All-Star team."
Even if Segura only comes in for the NL as a reserve, he'll make a positive impact in the game for his team like has has for Milwaukee this year.
While Colon was a pleasant surprise to see on the American League roster, Masterson was just the opposite.
The Indians right-hander has given up six earned runs in two of his last three starts. In the month of June, Masterson gave up at least four earned runs in three of his six starts. He started June with a 3.07 ERA, which currently stands at 3.78.
Winning eight games before June, like Masterson did earlier this year, was impressive. Since that time, however, he hasn't been able to live up to his early season heroics.
It's always great to see new names on the All-Star list, but as decent as Masterson has been, he didn't deserve the selection this year.
Marco Scutaro might not get a whole lot of playing time in the upcoming exhibition. Whatever playing time he gets though, is more than he should get. The shortstop doesn't have All-Star level numbers like others named and not named to the game have put together this year.
The 11-year veteran has a .311 average but only two home runs and 19 RBIs. Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves has a lower average at .306 but has seven more homers and a whopping 56 RBIs. He was left off the National League All-Star roster.
Given Freeman and Scutaro play different positions but with the shortstop being a reserve, position isn't as huge a factor.
Even Gerardo Parra from the Arizona Diamondbacks has more RBIs than Scutaro with 27. Parra also has seven home runs and six steals to boot.
While his average is impressive and is the highest for any Giant, one stat should not have earned Scutaro an All-Star bid.