Seattle Mariners All-Star selections in 2014 will include Felix Hernandez and Robinson Cano, but several other Mariners players also deserve strong consideration. The Mariners All-Star selections will be watched very closely by fans of the team, especially with some key players putting up really good numbers this year. Against the Cleveland Indians on Friday night (June 27), Kyle Seager went 3-for-4 to raise his batting average on the season to .274.
Among qualifying third basemen in the American League, Seager has been one of the best in 2014. According to the updated stats from MLB on Saturday (June 28), Seager is second in average, home runs, and RBIs at the position. His line of .274, 12, and 55 certainly proves he belongs in the conversation, though it is a very tough position to get selected. Other candidates include Josh Donaldson (.249, 18, and 59), Adrian Beltre (.325, 9, and 41), and Evan Longoria (.267, 10, and 37).
When it comes to pitching, it is Hernandez and Masahiro Tanaka leading the way in the AL. Hernandez has a 9-2 record to go with a 2.24 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, and 128 strikeouts so far this season. He will be making the team as one of the first selections after the fan vote. Then there is Robinson Cano with a .320 batting average and .379 on-base percentage that will likely get the nod as the starting second baseman.
Fernando Rodney has also been putting up great numbers for the team, with 22 saves that sit as the second most in the league. He also has a 2.30 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and has 36 strikeouts in 31 1/3 innings of work. Dominic Leone has been a great surprise in the bullpen, posting a 2.25 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and has 35 strikeouts in just 32 innings pitched. It would be tough for a setup guy from the Pacific Northwest to garner enough attention for a slot though.
A player who likely won’t make the cut, but has had an outstanding first half of the season is Chris Young. He has a 7-4 record to go with a 3.15 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and .215 average against. It has been a great comeback year for him that will certainly make him a hot commodity in the next baseball offseason.
It’s almost time for the selections to be announced and fans will be very interested in seeing how many Seattle Mariners selections there end up being.