Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar was wrongfully snubbed from the All-Star team when the initial rosters were revealed. But now he’s in the Final Vote for the last spot on the roster. How does he stack up with the other players?
Milwaukee Brewers players and fans alike have been vouching for Jesus Aguilar to make the All-Star Game for quite some time now. Now it’s time to put our money where our mouths are and get out the vote for Aguilar. He has to beat four other players who just missed the cut.
Matt Carpenter, 3B, STL
The Cardinals infielder is hitting .256 with 16 home runs and only 38 RBIs. But he draws a lot of walks and has a .363 OBP, which helps boost his OPS to the .865 that it is, which is….nice.
Matt Carpenter does not the counting stats and his .256 average is way too mediocre to warrant an All-Star selection. Besides, who wants to see another Cardinal player in the All Star game?
Brandon Belt, 1B, SF
Belt is another first baseman in the race for the final vote. He has a pretty good .296 batting average, but only has 13 home runs this season. This is the best season of Belt’s career so far, and he’s well on his way to a new personal best home run total.
But he’s also lagging far behind in the NL home run totals. For first basemen, home runs are a big part of their offensive game, and he just doesn’t compare.
Trea Turner, SS, WSH
Turner has a completely different offensive profile than any of the other candidates. He’s more speed-on base oriented than he is power. Still, Turner has 11 homers this season and has already stolen 22 bases.
But his .282/.359/.425 slash line gives him a rather pedestrian .785 OPS. At least that’s pedestrian when compared to other, more deserving All Stars.
Max Muncy, INF, LAD
Muncy has had quite a breakout season with the Dodgers this year. They always seem to find someone out of nowhere that just has great seasons for them. Muncy is the 2018 edition of that for Los Angeles.
He has 20 home runs this season, with a .270 batting average, but only eight doubles. Muncy’s 1.027 OPS is one of two Final Vote candidates with an OPS over 1.000. The other? You guessed it.
Jesus Aguilar, 1B, MIL
Jesus Aguilar leads all Final Vote candidates in: Batting Average, Home Runs, RBIs, and Slugging. His .306 average is the only one above .300 among the candidates. His two home runs on Sunday pushed him into a tie for the NL lead. Aguilar’s 63 RBIs leave the rest of the pack in the dust. The next closest player in RBIs is Brandon Belt with 41, more than 20 behind Aguilar’s pace. Aguilar also paces the National League in slugging percentage.
There’s no question about it. Jesus Aguilar has the best statistics of any of the Final Vote candidates and the Milwaukee Brewers’ budding star should be an All Star this season. He’s more deserving than any other candidate.
Aguilar will face a tough challenge from Max Muncy and Trea Turner. Turner has the name recognition and his team is hosting the All Star festivities this year. So his fans will be out to vote and get him in. Max Muncy is with the Dodgers, so he has a big fanbase to go out and vote for him.
But Brewers fans have done this before, getting Corey Hart into the All Star Game several years ago when he was in the Final Vote. They can do it again with Aguilar.
It’s not going to be easy, but Aguilar is the most deserving candidate of the five, and Milwaukee Brewers fans have been pushing for him for quite awhile now. The players are behind him and We Believe in Jesus!
Voting goes through Wednesday. Be sure to vote as often as possible to get the most deserving All Star Candidate to Washington D.C.