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Way too early Yankees All-Star predictions

Which Yankees might we see in Cleveland come All-Star weekend?

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You’ll most likely see some new Yankees faces at the All-Star game this year. Most of their bonafide All-Star players like Aaron Judge, Luis Severino, and Giancarlo Stanton are on the IL. In fact, as most people already know, the majority of their IL is made up of former and potential All-Stars. Aaron Hicks and Dellin Betances have been hurt all year, and Miguel Andujar has spent most of the season on the IL as well. Yet, the Yankees are still having success and that is coming from unexpected places. Here’s an early look at some of the players who could represent the Yankees in Cleveland.

Luke Voit

This is an obvious selection. After just winning AL Player of the Week, Luke Voit continues to not only prove he is the real deal for this team, but also prove he might be the best first basemen in the American League. Voit leads all first basemen in RBI and runs, and is tied for first in home runs. That puts him on pace to be the starter on All-Star weekend. On top of a week in which he batted .433, Voit also boasts a 39-game on-base streak which is currently the best in MLB.

DJ LeMahieu

LeMahieu is no slugger, but boy is he a great, natural, contact hitter. This guy puts the bat to the ball better than almost anybody in the game. LeMahieu leads all AL second basemen in batting average and has the second highest on-base percentage. This is exactly the type of player the Yankees have been missing over the past few seasons. If he stays healthy and keeps hitting the way he has so far, he could be an All-Star.

Gary Sanchez

Despite missing 14 games so far this season, Sanchez still leads all American League catchers in RBI and home runs. Even without an impressive batting average, it is fairly easy to argue that Gary is the best hitting catcher in the AL if not the whole game. If he can keep up this power surge and not completely falter defensively, he might be a lock to gear up for All-Star weekend, especially in a league with not many great catchers.

Domingo German

German has quietly been a fantastic pitcher this season. With the seventh-best earned run average and the best WHIP in the AL, it’s tough to deny just how good he has been so far. Can you really say Severino would have done much better than German has this year? Probably not. German obviously needs more time to prove himself, but who would have thought Domingo German would be in All-Star conversations at this point in the season?

Clint Frazier

Once he returns from injury, and the rest of the outfield is healthy, nobody knows what kind of playing time Frazier will get. It will be very difficult for him to find a spot in the lineup with Hicks, Judge and Stanton all healthy, especially if Stanton isn’t the designated hitter. Since he has been up, however, he has been one of the better hitters in the American League. He was hitting .324 with seven homers and 17 RBI prior to his sprained ankle. It will be tough for Frazier to get votes since he’s not technically an everyday player and he probably won’t be as the season continues. Regardless of all that, when he’s gotten the chance, he has raked.

Honorable Mentions

James Paxton has had some ups and downs this season, but his ups have been flashes of brilliance. If you ignore his last start against San Francisco, his previous two starts included two straight outings with twelve strikeouts and no runs allowed. That’s just pure dominance. If he can find that extra gear more consistently he’ll have a chance of making it to Cleveland.

In the bullpen, Tommy Kahnle has bounced back and had a pretty impressive beginning to the season. In 10.2 innings he boasts an earned run average of 1.69 with 15 strikeouts. Aroldis Chapman has also been his normal self striking out 16 over 11.1 innings. These guys aren’t necessarily All-Star candidates so far but certainly have gotten off to good starts.

The Yankees’ Opening Day lineup boasted one intimidating All-Star caliber hitter after the other. It may be a little disappointing to not see a few of those big names at this year’s game, but this team just keeps plugging along and utilizing the “next man up” mentality. The Bombers wouldn’t be where they are now without the outstanding performance of those guys listed above. So come All-Star weekend, how many players do you think will be representing the Yankees in Cleveland?