Last week, MLB launched the ballot for this year's All-Star Game. Normally, I'd spend this time complaining about voting for "All-Stars" after less than a month of baseball. Many of the names on the ballot haven't even had a hundred trips to the plate. But this year is different. This year, the Midsummer Classic comes to San Diego, and it's time to end our ambivalent ways and send some Padres to the All-Star Game. Personally, I always stuff my ballot with the entire Friar lineup, but if you don't have the time for that, there are two prime choices.
The young face of A.J. Preller's revamped team struggled last year. He spent too much time fielding a position beyond his capabilities, and injuries kept his swing from finding a groove. This year looks to be a different story. Wil has made the move to first base, replacing the departed Yonder Alonso with an able glove and a much better bat. And that bat is showing some power. He's hit five homers in April, putting him on pace to top thirty bombs by the end of the season. Wil's also hitting .308, making him a nice number two behind leadoff man Jon Jay.
Last year, Kemp struggled to find the power that made him so popular in LA. He eventually finished the season with a respectable 23 homers, but only one of those came in the month of April. He's connecting just fine this year, with his seven homers putting him behind just eight other players. His average isn't far behind Myers at .293. He's still a defensive liability, of course, but what do you want to see in an All-Star Game?
Now get out there and vote for your Padres!