Fansided’s All-NL West Squad

Fansided’s NL West blogs, Rox Pile, Chicken Friars, Frisco Fastball, Venom Strikes, and Lasorda’s Liar, have voted on an All-NL West Squad for 2011. For the most part, I got my way, but there were a few exceptions. The pitchers will be named later in the month. Here is the team:

Catcher — Buster Posey
I’d give just about anything to have Buster Posey on the Rockies. He was terrific last year for the Giants, playing an integral role in their championship run.

First Base — Aubrey Huff

I only voted for Huff, because they wouldn’t let me vote for Adrian Gonzalez. The NL West has a weak crop of first basemen. Hopefully, Helton will have a bounce back year and re-claim his throne as the West’s best.

Second Base — Kelly Johnson

Johnson received my vote for second. Did you expect me to vote for Jose Lopez? Johnson was one of MLB’s breakout players in 2010. He deserves the spot.

Shortstop — Troy Tulowitzki

There was never a doubt about this selection. Troy is the top shortstop in baseball. Period.

Third Base — Pablo Sandoval

I went to war for Ian Stewart, but the Kung-Fu Panda was the top vote getter. Sandoval is an over-weight player that was benched for most of last year’s playoff run; I’m not sure how he was the top voter getter. Apparently, Sandoval’s 2009 season still carries a lot of weight. Pun intended.

Outfielder — Andre Ethier

Ethier has been the best right-fielder in the West for a couple of seasons. This year he will receive a push from the Padres’ Ryan Ludwick and hopefully, Seth Smith.

Outfielder — Chris Young

Matt Kemp received my vote, but I’m okay with Young. Both guys are solid players. However, I’m hoping that Dexter Fowler can become the West’s pre-eminent centerfielder this season.

Outfielder — Carlos Gonzalez

CarGo is the best outfielder in the West. He set the bar high in 2010, but everyone believes he will produce again this year. Like Tulo, he was a no brainer for the All NL-West team.

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Topics: Adrian Gonzalez, Andre Eithier, Andre Ethier, Arizona Diamondbacks, Aubrey Huff, Buster Posey, Carlos Gonzalez, Chris Young, Colorado Rockies, Dexter Fowler, Ian Stewart, Jose Lopez, Kelly Johnson, Los Angeles Dodgers, Matt Kemp, NL West, Pablo Sandoval, Ryan Ludwick, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Seth Smith, Todd Helton, Troy Tulowitzki

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  • http://www.lasordaslair.com Kenny Shulsen

    Nice work Logan but Lasorda’s Lair demands a recount.

    Justin Upton or Matt Kemp both belong ahead of Chris Young. CY had a nice bounce back year in 2010 but barely hit above the ‘Mendoza’ line in 2009, batting a robust .212, and was demoted back to the minors.

    If you could add any of the 3 to the Rockies I have to believe you’d take Kemp or Upton over CY. Kemp has great Coors Field #’s!

    Your list does show just how weak the NL West’s crop of 1st basemen is, Posey could arguably be the best catcher and 1B stats wise, depending how much time he spends at each position.

    • Logan Burdine

      I’m with you Kenny. Kemp received my vote. I kept looking back at ’09 and seeing that Gold Glove and Silver Slugger.

      Welcome to the Fansided family! Glad to have you.

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