Which players deserve your NL All-Star votes?
Today, it's time to take a look at the National League. MLB posted the current vote leaders on Twitter, and we'll look at who the most deserving players are, by virtue of their play on the field.
1B -- Current leader: Adrian Gonzalez
Who deserves it: Paul Goldschmidt
Gonzalez hasn't been bad, but Goldschmidt has easily been the best overall 1B in the National League. He's hitting 40 points higher, has 10 more doubles, and has also somehow managed to steal 3 bases so far, despite being the furthest thing from a speedster.
2B -- Current leader: Chase Utley
Who deserves it: Utley.
He's enjoying a rejuvenation after a couple rough seasons, and the fans definitely got it right his time.
3B -- Current leader: Nolan Arenado
Who deserves it: Arenado or Todd Frazier
The first inclination when you see Arenado leading the votes among 3B would be that Rockies fans are clearly stuffing the ballot. But Arenado has actually been having a great season so far, hitting .305/.333/.489 with a 1.8 WAR. Still, Todd Frazier might be a little better overall. His batting average is slightly lower, but his OBP is higher and he has helped his team out a little more on the bases with 4 steals.
SS -- Current leader: Troy Tulowitzki
Who deserves it: Tulowitzki.
This might be the easiest decision out there. Tulowitzki is basically the perfect shortstop when healthy. He has been tearing up the league, currently leading the NL with a .369 average to go along with 14 HR and 37 RBI. If the season ended today, he'd be the easy choice for MVP.
C -- Current leader: Yadier Molina
Who deserves it: Jonathan Lucroy
Molina is always a decent choice, but Lucroy is quietly having a fantastic season. He's hitting .326/.397/.481 and is a huge part of a resurgent Brewers lineup. He even has two stolen bases, which ties for the NL lead among catchers. He leads all NL catchers in hits (61) and doubles (21).
OF -- Current leaders: Andrew McCutchen, Ryan Braun, Charlie Blackmon
Who deserves it: Yasiel Puig, Giancarlo Stanton, Carlos Gomez
Again, you'd think Rockies fans were stuffing the ballot when you see Blackmon's name, but he has actually been pretty fantastic so far this year. But still, he's not quite on the level with Puig, Stanton and Gomez. McCutchen might get a pass, since he's last year's MVP, but it's a bit weird to see Braun on the list despite being clearly outperformed by his teammate Gomez. Obviously fans aren't too caught up in Braun's PED scandal, to say the least.
Who's getting your All-Star votes in the National League?