Machado Top All-Star Reserve

Machado Top All-Star Reserve

As if Orioles do not have enough reasons to watch the All-Star game with three players in the starting line-up, Wins Above Replacement (WAR) calculates that another Oriole is the most valuable player in the league. Third baseman Manny Machado has produced 5.0 additional wins for the Orioles according to WAR, but he happens to play the same position as the second best player in the league. Below are the rankings for the 48 players who will start the game on the bench or in the bullpen.

WAR does not rate adjust to allow for players who have been injured, it just measures their total value to date. Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers would rank almost in the middle of this list with a WAR of 2.3 despite playing only 30 games to date, making a strong case that he should be one of the final additions after having one of the best write-in campaigns ever. Players are often selected based partly on their careers, so clearly Torii Hunter benefits from being one of the greatest center fielders even though this year his defensive ratings have dropped substantially.

Several players on the list with a WAR of less than 2.0 had very high WAR calculations last season. For purposes of this list, we assumed the players with the highest WAR ratings would start at pitcher and in the NL at DH.

Best Bench/Bullpen players on All-Star rosters not starting.

1, Manny Machado, 3B, Baltimore, AL, 5.0.

2, Everth Cabrera, SS, San Diego, NL, 4.8.

3, Adam Wainwright, RHP, St. Louis, NL, 4.5.

4, Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Boston, AL, 4.4.

5, Cliff Lee, LHP, Philadelphia, NL, 4.4.

6, Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Arizona, NL, 4.3.

7, Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh, NL, 4.3.

8, Matt Harvey, RHP, N.Y. Mets, NL, 4.2.

9, Jason Kipnis, 2B, Cleveland, AL, 4.0.

10, Clay Buchholz, RHP, Boston, AL, 4.0.

11, Hisashi Iwakuma, RHP, Seattle, AL, 3.8.

12, Felix Hernandez, RHP, Seattle, AL, 3.7.

13, Matt Carpenter, 2B, St. Louis, NL, 3.6.

14, Buster Posey, C, San Francisco, NL, 3.4.

15, Max Scherzer, RHP, Detroit, AL, 3.4.

16, Yu Darvish, RHP, Texas, AL, 3.3.

17, Travis Wood, LHP, Chi. Cubs, NL, 3.1.

18, Bartolo Colon, RHP, Oakland, AL, 3.1.

19, Patrick Corbin, LHP, Arizona, NL, 3.0.

20, Jordan Zimmermann, RHP, Washington, NL, 3.0.

21, Jean Segura, SS, Milwaukee, NL, 2.9.

22, Domonic Brown, OF, Philadelphia, NL, 2.7.

23, Jeff Locke, LHP, Pittsburgh, NL, 2.6.

24, Aroldis Chapman, LHP, Cincinnati, NL, 2.5.

25, Jesse Crain, RHP, Chicago, AL, 2.5.

26, Justin Verlander, RHP, Detroit, AL, 2.4.

27, Jason Castro, C, Houston, AL, 2.3.

28, Jhonny Peralta, SS, Detroit, AL, 2.3.

29, Salvador Perez, C, Kansas City, AL, 2.2.

30, Alex Gordon, OF, Kansas City, AL, 2.2.

31, Jose Fernandez, RHP, Miami, NL, 2.2.

32, Edwin Encarnacion, 1B/DH, Toronto, AL, 2.1.

33, Marco Scutaro, 2B, San Francisco, NL, 2.0.

34, Madison Bumgarner, LHP, San Francisco, NL, 1.9.

35, Justin Masterson, RHP, Cleveland, AL, 1.9.

36, Joe Nathan, RHP, Texas, AL, 1.9.

37, Pedro Alvarez, 3B, Pittsburgh, NL, 1.8.

38, Brett Cecil, LHP, Toronto, AL, 1.8.

39, Michael Cuddyer, OF, Colorado, NL, 1.6.

40, Ben Zobrist, OF/INF, Tampa Bay, AL, 1.4.

41, Craig Kimbrel, RHP, Atlanta, NL, 1.4.

42, Mariano Rivera, RHP, NY Yankees, AL, 1.4.

43, Nelson Cruz, OF, Texas, AL, 1.3.

44, Glen Perkins, LHP, Minnesota, AL, 1.2.

45, Allen Craig, 1B, St. Louis, NL, 1.1.

46, Prince Fielder, 1B, Detroit, AL, 0.9.

47, Jason Grilli, RHP, Pittsburgh, NL, 0.9.

48, Torii Hunter, OF, Detroit, AL, 0.5.


AL Starters

C Joe Mauer, Twins

1B Chris Davis, Orioles

2B Robinson Cano, Yankees

SS J.J. Hardy, Orioles

3B Miguel Cabrera, Tigers

OF Mike Trout, Angels

OF Adam Jones, Orioles

OF Jose Bautista, Blue Jays

DH David Ortiz, Red Sox

AL Pitchers

RHP Max Scherzer, Tigers

RHP Felix Hernandez, Mariners

RHP Clay Buchholz, Red Sox

LHP Brett Cecil, Blue Jays

RHP Justin Verlander, Tigers

RHP Justin Masterson, Indians

LHP Chris Sale, White Sox

RHP Mariano Rivera, Yankees

RHP Bartolo Colon, Athletics

RHP Yu Darvish, Rangers

RHP Hisashi Iwakuma, Mariners

RHP Jesse Crain, White Sox

RHP Joe Nathan, Rangers

LHP Glen Perkins, Twins

AL Reserves

1B Prince Fielder, Tigers

OF Torii Hunter, Tigers

SS Jhonny Peralta, Tigers

2B Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox

OF Nelson Cruz, Rangers

UTIL Ben Zobrist, Rays

C Jason Castro, Astros

1B Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays

OF Alex Gordon, Royals

2B Jason Kipnis, Indians

3B Manny Machado, Orioles

C Salvador Perez, Royals

NL Starters

C Yadier Molina, Cardinals

1B Joey Votto, Reds

2B Brandon Phillips, Reds

SS Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies

3B David Wright, Mets

OF Carlos Beltran, Cardinals

OF Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies

OF Bryce Harper, Nationals

NL Pitchers

LHP Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers

LHP Patrick Corbin, Diamondbacks

RHP Matt Harvey, Mets

RHP Adam Wainwright, Cardinals

RHP Jason Grilli, Pirates

RHP Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals

RHP Craig Kimbrel, Braves

LHP Aroldis Chapman, Reds

LHP Travis Wood, Cubs

RHP Jose Fernandez, Marlins

LHP Cliff Lee, Phillies

LHP Jeff Locke, Pirates

LHP Madison Bumgarner, Giants

NL Reserves

OF Andrew McCutchen, Pirates

OF Michael Cuddyer, Rockies

C Buster Posey, Giants

3B Pedro Alvarez, Pirates

OF Domonic Brown, Phillies

SS Everth Cabrera, Padres

2B Matt Carpenter, Cardinals

1B Allen Craig, Cardinals

1B Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks

OF Carlos Gomez, Brewers

SS Jean Segura, Brewers

2B Marco Scutaro, Giants