Besides Mike Trout who else fits the bill to represent the Los Angeles Angels in the 2016 All-Star game. There are very few, but there is still diamonds in the rough.
Kole Calhoun has emerged as one of the top 3 hitters for the Los Angeles Angels. He is currently having the best all-around season of his career. So far he’s slashing .290/.362/.455 with 10 homers, 40 RBI and 45 runs. He’s also among the top-five right fielders in batting average and runs scored and 11th RBI’s. His increase in in his walk rate shows he’s even more selective at the plate. With these numbers he’s definitely qualified for an All-Star call.
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So far, relief pitching has not been their for the Los Angeles Angels. One of the brightest stars out of the bullpen is the very unlikely, Cam Bedrosian. Yes, you heard that right! Bedrosian has done a complete 180 after falling out of the roster last year. So far in 32 appearances, he has an ERA of 1.29 in 28 innings with 29 K’s and only 8 walks. Plus, he didn’t allow a run in the entire month of June. With 11.2 shutout innings. He’s definitely made a case as a very late entry. With the struggles continuing in the bullpen we could see him inserted into the closer role.
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The last man on our list is none other than Yunel Escobar. The surprisingly versatile lead off man for the Los Angeles Angels has proved to kill pitchers with his relentless contact swing. Escobar is slashing .310/.359/.409 this season and could be traded nearing the deadline. That doesn’t negate the fact his his in the top three of the Angels best hitters. He is the most likely to make this list as a late entry as a backup. He is definitely making a heavy case for his All-Star status and it’s hard to ignore it. Maybe a little extra love from Angel fans can help the third baseman into the All-Star game.
Every year there are All-Star snubs and if none of these three get selected for the AL All-Star team they would have a case for getting snubbed, but that’s the way things go. Hopefully Mike Trout will have a teammate to keep him company, but with the game being in nearby San Diego, I’m sure he will a few players who will join him even if they are not chosen for the team.
We will find out soon enough as the rosters are being announced as we speak.