It’s that time of year already: the voting for this year’s All-Star Game in Miami is now open and ready for you to stuff full of Padres. You can VOTE HERE.
Which Padres are most deserving of your vote? All of them, of course! Which have the chance of actually making it? Well...let’s weigh the options.
The “face of the franchise” is doing everything we hoped he would do after getting those injuries out of the way in the last couple years. Thrill Myers is 6th in MLB in hits (35), tied for 11th in home runs (7), and tied for 1st with games played and started (27). Wil has grown into a leadership role inside the Padres clubhouse and looks to be a cornerstone player for the Padres for years to come. Wil also made the All-Star Game last year and served as a representative of San Diego during the festivities. In any case, Myers looks to be the shoo-in choice as the Padres rep for this year’s ASG.
Young Manny Margot leads MLB alongside Wil with games started and played (27), and for good reason; Margot is playing incredibly well for being a rookie plugged into the leadoff spot. Beyond the Box Score had Margot as an early NL Rookie of the Year candidate; Dansby Swanson’s slump could push Margot into the forefront of the ROY race. Margot is second only to Myers in hits and runs for the Padres and an All-Star appearance wouldn’t be too far out of the realm of possibility.
Besides his looks Hedges is so hot right now. The catcher of the Padres future has shrugged off an icy start and is making a return to form at the plate. Hedges has caught up on his long-ball work and is second only to Wil in home runs and slugging percentage for the Pads. Hedgehog would definitely be a sleeper pick if he continues this pace leading into July.
Admittedly, Hunter will have to turn a lot around in order to make an All-Star appearance. The young outfielder has shown some growing pains manning right field for the Padres but is still able to hit for power (5 home runs) and has room to improve. A better approach at the plate by reducing strikeouts (2nd on team with 28) and improving walks (only 2 so far this season) will see Renfroe improve his ASG stock.
I know you’ll be voting for every Padre on the ballot, but who do you think will represent our Friars in Miami this July?
(inb4 Erick Aybar)