KC Royals: Predicting All-Star Selections — Outfield And Designated Hitter

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May 19, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; The Kansas City Royals mascot waves a flag after the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals won 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Kendrys Morales, Designated Hitter

May 20, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals player Kendrys Morales (25) looks on during batting practice prior to a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

2015 Stats

GP: 41

AB: 164

H: 50

AVG: .305

HR: 6

RBI: 37

R: 31

SB: 0

Slash: .305/.358/.506

Summary: Morales made a case for the all-star game Friday night in a 5-0 victory over St. Louis. The DH went 3-for-5 with two home runs and all five of the game’s RBI. He’s now first in doubles and RBI, third in average and tide for fifth in home runs among all designated hitters. In fact, his 37 RBI are ten more than second-place Prince Fielder’s 27.

Will he or won’t he?: It’s hard to believe an off-season acquisition scrutinized more than any could land a spot on the all-star game before Cain and Gordon, but it could happen.

Fielder (.341, 7 HR, 27 RBI) and Baltimore’s Jimmy Paredes (.353, 6, 24) are his biggest competitors. However, I’m going on a limb and saying that both will drop their average by the time voting ends, and Morales stays consistent enough to grab the DH selection.

All three make a case for being selected to the team, but it is going to be close for each of them. Gordon could make it on reputation alone, but at this point Morales seems to be the most deserving.

While it’s great to be honored by fans and peers, most importantly these guys are helping the Royals become one of the game’s best — all-stars or not.

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