Current Starter (voting leader): Fernando Tatis Jr.
Current Rockies Starter: Trevor Story
Can They Earn a Spot: Maybe
Story had a slow start to his year, and there is no way that I can say that he deserves to be a starter on the All-Star team. However, that doesn’t mean he should not be on the team or at least in the top 10 voting block. While his defense this year has been lacking, his offense has remained top-notch, being top 10 in runs, RBI, and walks; top 5 in hits and triples; and currently is tops among NL shortstops in doubles and stolen bases.
He also has the added benefit of name recognition, with plenty of teams clamoring to get him on their roster and fans can’t seem to stop talking about what could happen if they get him.
I’m not convinced Trevor Story’s performance this season has earned him a spot on the final roster, but if he can get hot in the last days of voting, he might have an outside chance of making the roster. Because of Tatis though, there is almost no way that Story would start the game even if he made the roster.
Current Starter (voting leader): Kris Bryant
Current Rockies Starter: Joshua Fuentes/Ryan McMahon
Can They Earn a Spot: Probably not
I have gone over how great McMahon is in the second base part of the article, but I just want to point out that he has spent half of his games playing third base and the other half playing second base. He only qualifies on the All-Star ballot as a second baseman, but he has every reason to be the starter at third base as well. McMahon has the highest overall WAR of all players who have played at least 25% of their games at third base and is first in dWAR, he is in the top 10 or leads across the major batting categories, and just shows his versatility on the field.
Sadly, though, they don’t let you vote for McMahon twice on the ballot and don’t let you vote him for third base at all. So let’s talk about Joshua Fuentes.
So, you know how McMahon was first for third baseman dWAR? Joshua Fuentes is currently in third, 0.3 dWAR ahead of his cousin, Nolan Arenado. Fuentes has been great with his glove to start out the season, making outstanding plays at third base. His bat, though, has not been as good.
Some say that offense is overblown in voting, I believe that is true. Unless Fuentes can further pick up his bat (he is currently doing better than he was to begin the season) or can do something spectacular that shows off his defensive prowess, like say, a triple play, I don’t think we will see him even crack into the top 10 let alone make his way onto the final roster.