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ESPN’s 2019 All-MLB Workforce

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On the finish of each baseball season, the MVP and Cy Younger voting do an affordable job of distinguishing the elite of the elite in Main League Baseball. When it comes to a position-by-position breakdown, although, the game’s solely recognition comes from All-Star voting in the course of the yr. Following their seasons, the NFL affords an All-Professional staff and the NBA names an All-NBA staff. Baseball does no such factor.

Since there is not any good cause for that hole, we took it upon ourselves to solicit the enter of media members from across the nation and title ESPN’s first All-MLB staff — one thing we anticipate to be an annual taking place. Sixty-eight folks participated within the voting, selecting first-, second- and third-team gamers at 10 positions. Each participant was assigned a selected place to chop down on cross-positional voting. A primary-team vote was value 5 factors, a second-team vote three factors and a third-team vote 1 level. Solely two gamers — American League MVP Mike Trout and AL Cy Younger runner-up Gerrit Cole — have been unanimous first-team decisions.

Listed here are the outcomes, together with an opportunity so that you can vote to your selection at every place:

Bounce to All-MLB: First Workforce | Second Workforce | Third Workforce

By place and your flip to vote: C | 1B | 2B | 3B | SS | OF | DH | UT | SP | RP

ESPN’s All-MLB First Workforce


C: J.T. Realmuto, Philadelphia Phillies
.275 AVG, 25 HR, Four.Four WAR

1B: Pete Alonso, New York Mets
.260 AVG, 53 HR, WAR

2B: Ozzie Albies, Atlanta Braves
.295 AVG, 24 HR, Four.Eight WAR

3B: Alex Bregman, Houston Astros
.296 AVG, 41 HR, Eight.Four WAR

SS: Marcus Semien, Oakland Athletics
.285 AVG, 33 HR, Eight.1 WAR

OF: Mike Trout*, Los Angeles Angels
.291 AVG, 45 HR, Eight.three WAR

OF: Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers
.305 AVG, 47 HR, WAR

OF: Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers
.329 AVG, 44 HR, 7.1 WAR

DH: Nelson Cruz, Minnesota Twins
.311 AVG, 41 HR, Four.three WAR

UT: DJ LeMahieu, New York Yankees
.327 AVG, 26 HR, WAR

SP: Gerrit Cole*, Houston Astros
20-5, 2.50 ERA, 326 Ok’s

SP: Jacob deGrom, New York Mets
11-Eight, 2.43 ERA, 255 Ok’s

SP: Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals
11-7, 2.92 ERA, 243 Ok’s

SP: Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals
18-6, three.32 ERA, 251 Ok’s

SP: Justin Verlander, Houston Astros
21-6, 2.58 ERA, 300 Ok’s

RP: Aroldis Chapman, New York Yankees
37 SV, 2.21 ERA, 13.Four Ok/9

RP: Josh Hader, Milwaukee Brewers
37 SV, 2.62 ERA, 16.Four Ok/9

RP: Liam Hendriks, Oakland Athletics
25 SV, 1.80 ERA, 13.1 Ok/9

RP: Taylor Rogers, Minnesota Twins
30 SV, 2.61 ERA, 11.7 Ok/9

RP: Kirby Yates, San Diego Padres
41 SV, 1.19 ERA, 14.9 Ok/9

(* = unanimous first-team choice)

ESPN’s All-MLB Second Workforce


C: Yasmani Grandal, Milwaukee Brewers
.246 AVG, 28 HR, 2.5 WAR

1B: Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
.295 AVG, 38 HR, Four.Four WAR

2B: Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
.298 AVG, 31 HR, three.7 WAR

3B: Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals
.319 AVG, 34 HR, 6.three WAR

SS: Xander Bogaerts, Boston Pink Sox
.309 AVG, 33 HR, 5.2 WAR

OF: Ronald Acuña Jr., Atlanta Braves
.280 AVG, 41 HR, 5.5 WAR

OF: Mookie Betts, Boston Pink Sox
.295 AVG, 29 HR, 6.Eight WAR

OF: George Springer, Houston Astros
.292 AVG, 39 HR, 6.2 WAR

DH: Yordan Alvarez, Houston Astros
.313 AVG, 27 HR, three.7 WAR

UT: Max Muncy, Los Angeles Dodgers
.251 AVG, 35 HR, 5.7 WAR

SP: Shane Bieber, Cleveland Indians
15-Eight, three.28 ERA, 259 Ok’s

SP: Jack Flaherty, St. Louis Cardinals
11-Eight, 2.75 ERA, 231 Ok’s

SP: Zack Greinke, Houston Astros
18-5, 2.93 ERA, 187 Ok’s

SP: Charlie Morton, Tampa Bay Rays
16-6, three.05 ERA, 240 Ok’s

SP: Hyun-Jin Ryu, Los Angeles Dodgers
14-5, 2.32 ERA, 163 Ok’s

RP: Nick Anderson, Tampa Bay Rays
1 SV, three.32 ERA, 15.2 Ok/9

RP: Ken Giles, Toronto Blue Jays
23 SV, 1.87 ERA, 14.1 Ok/9

RP: Seth Lugo, New York Mets
6 SV, 2.70 ERA, 11.7 Ok/9

RP: Will Smith, San Francisco Giants
34 SV, 2.76 ERA, 13.2 Ok/9

RP: Brandon Workman, Boston Pink Sox
16 SV, 1.88 ERA, 13.1 Ok/9

ESPN’s All-MLB Third Workforce


C: Mitch Garver, Minnesota Twins
.275 AVG, 31 HR, WAR

1B: Matt Olson, Oakland Athletics
.267 AVG, 36 HR, 5.1 WAR

2B: Kolten Wong, St. Louis Cardinals
.285 AVG, 11 HR, Four.7 WAR

3B: Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies
.315 AVG, 41 HR, 5.7 WAR

SS: Trevor Story, Colorado Rockies
.294 AVG, 35 HR, 6.Four WAR

OF: Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies
.260 AVG, 35 HR, Four.2 WAR

OF: Ketel Marte, Arizona Diamondbacks
.329 AVG, 32 HR, 6.9 WAR

OF: Juan Soto, Washington Nationals
.282 AVG, 34 HR, Four.7 WAR

DH: J.D. Martinez, Boston Pink Sox
.304 AVG, 36 HR, three.three WAR

UT: Howie Kendrick, Washington Nationals
.344 AVG, 17 HR, 2.6 WAR

SP: Walker Buehler, Los Angeles Dodgers
14-Four, three.26 ERA, 215 Ok’s

SP: Patrick Corbin, Washington Nationals
14-7, three.25 ERA, 238 Ok’s

SP: Lucas Giolito, Chicago White Sox
14-9, three.41 ERA, 228 Ok’s

SP: Lance Lynn, Texas Rangers
16-11, three.67 ERA, 246 Ok’s

SP: Mike Soroka. Atlanta Braves
13-Four, 2.68 ERA, 142 Ok’s

RP: Zack Britton, New York Yankees
three SV, 1.91 ERA, 7.Eight Ok/9

RP: Brad Hand, Cleveland Indians
34 SV, three.30 ERA, 13.2 Ok/9

RP: Will Harris, Houston Astros
Four SV, 1.50 ERA, 9.three Ok/9

RP: Roberto Osuna, Houston Astros
38 SV, 2.63 ERA, 10.1 Ok/9

RP: Hansel Robles, Los Angeles Angels
23 SV, 2.48 ERA, 9.three Ok/9

Place-by-position breakdown


1st: J.T. Realmuto

2nd: Yasmani Grandal

third: Mitch Garver

The primary- and second-team decisions of the Phillies’ J.T. Realmuto (49 first-team votes) and the Brewers’ Yasmani Grandal have been overwhelming. The Twins’ Mitch Garver was awarded for his super offensive season and buoyed by 28 third-team votes.

Who acquired snubbed or simply missed? Cleveland’s Roberto Perez got here in fourth, 9 factors again of Garver. The Cubs’ Willson Contreras, who, like Perez, drew one first-team vote, was fifth.

ESPN Stats & Data says: J.T. Realmuto posted 9.48 Catcher Fielding Runs Above Common, the fifth-highest whole of the last decade (greatest since Salvador Pérez had 10.79 FldRAA in 2016). He additionally led all main catchers with 64 extra-base hits and ranked among the many prime 5 (minimal 300 plate appearances) in batting common (.275, fourth) and slugging proportion (.493, fourth).

First basemen

1st: Pete Alonso

2nd: Freddie Freeman

third: Matt Olson

The Mets’ Pete Alonso ran away with the voting, showing on 66 of 68 ballots and gathering 45 first-team votes. In a late surge, Oakland’s Matt Olson gained third-team honors by one level.

Who acquired snubbed or simply missed? Poor Carlos Santana. The Cleveland first baseman seemed just like the certain third-teamer. He really acquired extra votes than Olson (26 to 23). However Olson’s three first-place votes gave him 47 factors to Santana’s 46.

ESPN Stats & Data says: Alonso might need gotten all of the headlines for breaking the house run file for rookies, however Freeman closed out a full decade within the league by belting a career-best 38 lengthy balls. Freeman (227, tied for 20th) cracks the highest 20 throughout MLB for homers within the 2010s, regardless of by no means hitting 40 house runs in a single season.

Second basemen

1st: Ozzie Albies

2nd: Jose Altuve

third: Kolten Wong

Positional classification skewed this vote. With Ketel Marte at outfield, Gleyber Torres at shortstop, and DJ LeMahieu and Max Muncy at utility, voters went with Atlanta’s Ozzie Albies, Houston’s Jose Altuve and St. Louis’ Kolten Wong.

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Who acquired snubbed or simply missed? Truthfully, no one. There is a affordable argument that if Marte, Torres, LeMahieu and Muncy weren’t so versatile, not one of the three second basemen would have even been on the staff.

ESPN Stats & Data says: Albies confirmed energy from either side of the plate in 2019, hitting 13 homers left-handed (54% of his 24) and 11 right-handed (46% of his 24). Over the previous 20 seasons, just one different switch-hitter has had at the least 20 house runs and that shut of a break up: In each 2011 and 2013, Matt Wieters hit 22 homers, 11 from either side of the plate.

Third basemen

1st: Alex Bregman

2nd: Anthony Rendon

third: Nolan Arenado

Houston’s Alex Bregman matched Oakland’s Marcus Semien with 55 first-team votes, Washington’s Anthony Rendon was even higher than Boston’s Xander Bogaerts with 49 second-team tallies, and some late first-place votes pushed Colorado’s Nolan Arenado onto the third staff.

Who acquired snubbed or simply missed? What late voting giveth to at least one Matt in Oakland, late voting taketh away from one other. Matt Chapman was primed to offer the A’s three-quarters of their infield on the All-MLB staff … and as a substitute, he settled for a fourth-place end.

ESPN Stats & Data says: Bregman and Rendon grew to become simply the sixth pair of third basemen in MLB historical past to every publish an OPS north of 1.000 (the earlier pair to take action was Chipper Jones and Alex Rodríguez in 2007).


1st: Marcus Semien

2nd: Xander Bogaerts

third: Trevor Story

Oakland’s Marcus Semien was an amazing first-team selection with 55 votes, Boston’s Xander Bogaerts acquired greater than half the second-team votes, and Colorado’s Trevor Story simply outpaced the remainder of the sphere.

Who acquired snubbed or simply missed? Francisco Lindor is the third Cleveland participant already to complete fourth. Ouch. Particular point out: Gleyber Torres, the Yankees’ dynamic 22-year-old, performed 12 extra video games and 112 extra innings at shortstop than he did at second — and the positional depth right here acquired him.

ESPN Stats & Data says: It was an extremely deep season for MLB shortstops. Eleven main shortstops posted season WAR totals of or larger, probably the most in any season in MLB historical past. These 11 embrace Semien (Eight.1), Bogaerts (5.2) and Story (6.Four).


1st: Mike Trout, Cody Bellinger, Christian Yelich

2nd: Ronald Acuña Jr., Mookie Betts, George Springer

third: Bryce Harper, Ketel Marte, Juan Soto

The best class of all. The Angels’ Mike Trout (68 of 68 votes), the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger (63 of 68) and the Brewers’ Christian Yelich (59 of 68) dominated. Arizona’s Ketel Marte acquired extra second-team votes than Houston’s George Springer however lagged behind in whole votes, separating the 2.

Who acquired snubbed or simply missed? The Yankees’ Aaron Decide was the 10th man on a nine-man unit. He acquired one first-team vote, two second-team and a dozen third-team. The amount of Bryce Harper’s supporters — one second-team and 26 third-team — edged out Decide.

ESPN Stats & Data says: All however certainly one of these outfielders have been of their 20s for the whole thing of the 2019 season (Springer turned 30 in September). Youth is the theme of this group from prime to backside.

• Mike Trout grew to become the second-youngest participant to win three MVP awards (solely Stan Musial was youthful on the time of his third award).

• Cody Bellinger grew to become the fourth participant to win MVP, Rookie of the Yr and a Gold Glove earlier than turning 25.

• Ronald Acuña Jr. grew to become the youngest participant in MLB historical past to have 40 homers and 30 stolen bases in a single season.

• Juan Soto’s 56 house runs earlier than his 21st birthday is tied for second in MLB historical past (solely Mel Ott has extra, at 61).

Designated hitters

1st: Nelson Cruz

2nd: Yordan Alvarez

third: J.D. Martinez

Bomba Squad captain Nelson Cruz dominated with 53 first-team votes. Houston’s Yordan Alvarez joined Alonso as the one rookies on the offensive facet of the All-MLB staff, whereas Boston’s J.D. Martinez sat comfortably in third place.

Who acquired snubbed or simply missed? Lead the AL with 48 house runs, and the reward for Kansas Metropolis’s Jorge Soler is … a fourth-place end. He did get one first-team vote, as did the Angels’ Shohei Ohtani.

ESPN Stats & Data says: Fourteen occasions within the designated hitter period (since 1973) a participant has slugged at the least .600 in a season as a main DH (minimal 300 at-bats). Yordan Alvarez (22 years previous) was the youngest ever to do it, and Nelson Cruz (now 39) was the second-oldest, behind solely David Ortiz (40 in 2016).

Utility males

1st: DJ LeMahieu

2nd: Max Muncy

third: Howie Kendrick

The Yankees’ DJ LeMahieu acquired 58 first-team votes and appeared on 66 ballots. The Dodgers’ Max Muncy was practically as clear a second-team lock, with 52 votes there. A pair of first-team votes helped safe Washington’s Howie Kendrick the third-team spot.

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Who acquired snubbed or simply missed? Third-team utility man voting was wild. Everybody on the poll besides LeMahieu acquired at the least one third-team vote. The closest to Kendrick: St. Louis rookie Tommy Edman, who appeared on 23 of 68 ballots.

ESPN Stats & Data says: DJ LeMahieu and Max Muncy have been two of solely three gamers this previous season who performed at the least 30 video games at three totally different infield positions (the opposite was David Fletcher of the Angels). In response to Elias Sports activities Bureau analysis, LeMahieu grew to become the primary participant to do this whereas hitting .300 with 20 house runs. Muncy, in the meantime, grew to become the primary participant to do it whereas hitting 35 house runs.

Beginning pitchers

1st: Gerrit Cole, Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Justin Verlander

2nd: Shane Bieber, Jack Flaherty, Zack Greinke, Charlie Morton, Hyun-Jin Ryu

third: Walker Buehler, Patrick Corbin, Lucas Giolito, Lance Lynn, Mike Soroka

There was unanimity on the Astros’ Gerrit Cole and near-first-team-consensus on the Mets’ Jacob deGrom (66 of 68) and Justin Verlander (65 of 68). Two Nationals starters, Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, have been far forward of the remainder of the group, too.

Who acquired snubbed or simply missed? There was intrigue on the again finish of the second staff. Cleveland’s Shane Bieber (115 factors) and Houston’s Zack Greinke (114 factors) are on the second staff, Texas’ Lance Lynn (112 factors) is a third-teamer. The ultimate three cuts: the Rangers’ Mike Minor, the Reds’ Sonny Grey and the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw.

ESPN Stats & Data says: Quantity is extra scarce than ever with beginning pitching. Simply 15 pitchers threw at the least 200 innings this previous season, tied for the second-fewest in a non-strike-shortened season within the fashionable period (since 1900). That is down from 34 such pitchers simply 5 years in the past in 2014.

Reduction pitchers

1st: Aroldis Chapman, Josh Hader, Liam Hendriks, Taylor Rogers, Kirby Yates

2nd: Nick Anderson, Ken Giles, Seth Lugo, Will Smith, Brandon Workman

third: Zack Britton, Brad Hand, Will Harris, Roberto Osuna, Hansel Robles

San Diego’s Kirby Yates was the closest to unanimous, with 67 of 68 first-team votes (and one third-team vote). Milwaukee’s Josh Hader, Oakland’s Liam Hendriks, the Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman and late-surging Minnesota nearer Taylor Rogers spherical out the primary staff.

Who acquired snubbed or simply missed? Pour one out for the Mets’ Seth Lugo, who seemed like a first-teamer till Rogers bumped him. However avoid wasting for the Rays’ Emilio Pagan. He was in third-team place when the worth of first-team votes pushed the Yankees’ Zack Britton forward of him. Different just-misses: the Cardinals’ Giovanny Gallegos and the Yankees’ Adam Ottavino.

ESPN Stats & Data says: Eight pitchers struck out at the least 100 batters in reduction this previous season, tied for probably the most in a season in MLB historical past. Josh Hader led the best way with 138 strikeouts, probably the most ever by a pitcher who additionally allowed 15 or extra house runs in reduction.

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