Royal #1- Mike Moustakas
After a disappointing rookie season, in which “Moose” finished with a .263 batting average, 5 homeruns, and 30 RBI’s in nearly 350 at bats, Mike Moustakas started the 2012 season for the Royals on the right track batting .315 with 3 homeruns and 12 RBI’s in the month of April. Moose continued his surge through May and June, and now right before the All-Star game, finds himself in contention to claim the title of the American League All-Star Third Baseman. However, Mike Moustakas is certainly not a shoe-in. He finds himself in elite company for the third base competition. Currently, Moustakas sits fifth among American League third baseman right behind Adrian Beltre, Miguel Cabrera, Evan Longoria, and Alex Rodriguez. Even Moustakas seems to be in shock over the competition. “It’s really cool. It’s awesome to just even be mentioned with those guys,” Moustakas said. “It’s just crazy to think that I’m in fifth place with those guys. Those guys are unbelievable baseball players. It’s a real honor for me to even be mentioned.” Moustakas has every right to feel honored as he looks to wrap up half of the season batting .274 with a .344 OBP, 10 Homeruns, and 33 RBI’s.
Royal #2- Alcides Escobar
Derek Jeter has overshined Escobar’s superior play in Kansas City. From Jeter’s 5,000th hit to his .311 batting average, I don’t see any chance that New York fans wouldn’t vote their Hall of Fame shortstop into the All-Star game. However, this doesn’t mean that Escobar is not deserving of an All-Star. Alcides Escobar made a name for himself as a defensive shortstop. Defense is what made Escobar a good player, but his hot bat is keeping him in contention to become an All-Star. Right now, Escobar leads the team in batting average at .300, and ties for the lead in stolen bases and triples. Like Moustakas, Escobar is the fifth most vote receiver among shortstops. This year may not be Escobar’s year due to the elite talent blocking him from the All-Star game, but he has proved that he will be a future contender.
Royal #3- Tim Collins
Much like the Greg Holland or Aaron Crow of last year, Tim Collins has been Kansas City’s most dependable reliever. Collins has pitched the second most innings, struck out the most batters, and leads the team in opponent batting average, and WHIP. Collins, standing at 5’7”, overpowers batters with his mid-90’s fastball, and catches them out front with a big bender striking the radar gun in the low-80’s. Collins’ set of pitches fit perfectly in the Royals bullpen as a mid-reliever. As for the All-Star game, Collins will have to impress Ron Washington enough to select him for the bullpen. Collins is the most likely player on the Royals team to be selected because most of the hitters are blocked by superstar veterans.