As one of baseball’s super-teams, it comes as no surprise that the Yankees will be well represented at the 2018 MLB All-Star Game. With the voting complete and results just announced, New York will be sending four players to the Midsummer Classic.
Aaron Judge won his place in the starting lineup through the fan vote. He finished fifth overall in the American League voting. The 26-year-old remains among the game’s elite players during his sophomore season. Judge is hitting .280/.399/.572 with a 163 wRC+ on the year. He’s a five-tool player and deserving of his second All-Star nod.
Luis Severino will join Judge on the trip to the nation’s capital. The Yankees ace earned his second All-Star nomination by pitching to a 2.12 ERA (2.46 FIP) over 123.1 innings in the first half. Aaron Boone spoke to reporters yesterday and described Severino as “...everything you want an ace to be.” He has a legitimate case to start the game.
Aroldis Chapman adds another All-Star selection to his resume. The Yankees closer has been lights out in 2018, pitching to a 1.42 ERA with a 1.40 FIP across 38 innings pitched. It remains to be seen if Chapman will actually appear in the game. He left yesterday’s outing against the Blue Jays with knee tendinitis. Even if he doesn’t get any in-game action, he still received the recognition for his pitching.
The Yankees also have a first time All-Star in rookie sensation Gleyber Torres. He made the squad as a reserve. The Yankees second baseman came up at the end of April, and he’s been better than advertised. Torres is hitting .294/.350/.555 with 15 home runs. A strained hip currently has him on the shelf, and it’s unlikely that he will return before the break. Nonetheless, he’s an All-Star in his rookie season, and that’s pretty cool!
That’s not all though! The Yankees have the chance to send another player to the game through the Final Vote process. Giancarlo Stanton needs your help, and you can vote for him by clicking here.
Congratulations to the four Yankees heading to Washington, D.C. for the game! The fun doesn’t stop here, though. Stick around as Pinstripe Alley will have All-Star coverage all week long!