St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (4) is congratulated by right fielder Carlos Beltran (3) after scoring a run against the Washington Nationals during the sixth inning of game three of the 2012 NLDS at Nationals Park.
NL C: Yadier Molina, Cardinals
All-Star Game: 5th Stats: .341, 7 HR, 49 RBI, 40 R The St. Louis catcher leads the NL in batting average — only trails Detroit's Miguel Cabrera (.365) for major league lead. Was the NL's top vote-getter with 6,883,258 votes. Some will argue Buster Posey should be here because the Giants catcher is batting .325 with 13 homers and 56 RBI. Molina not only catches the second best rotation in baseball (3.33 ERA), he has thrown out 45 percent (13 of 29) of attempted base stealers, while Posey stinks in that department, allowing 47 swipes in 59 attempts. — Player page All stats through July 14. Click here for AL roster.
NL 1B: Joey Votto, Reds
All-Star Game: 4th Stats: .318, 15 HR, 42 RBI, 66 R Votto, the Reds' first player voted in for back-to-back years since Barry Larkin (1999 & 2000), leads the NL in on-base percentage at .434 and the majors in walks with 71, including an NL-intentional high 13. He leads all NL first basemen in runs and is second at the position in batting average, only trailing St. Louis' Allen Craig (.333). Votto received 5,128,515 votes, outdistancing runner-up Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks (4,269,685). — Player page — (Hall of Fame?) All stats through July 14. Click here for AL roster.
NL 2B: Brandon Phillips, Reds
All-Star Game: 3rd Stats: .266, 12 HR, 74 RBI, 46 R Phillips is tied with St. Louis' Allen Craig for second in the NL in RBI, trailing Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt (77). Phillips is the first Cincinnati player to win the All-Star vote at second base since Hall of Famer Joe Morgan. With Joey Votto getting voted in too, the duo will be the fifth set of teammates to start an All-Star Game at first and second base. — Player page All stats through July 14. Click here for AL vote winners.
NL SS: Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
All-Star Game: 3rd Stats: .332, 16 HR, 52 RBI, 41 R Tulo leads NL shortstops in homers and RBI. He recently came off disabled list on July 11 after suffering a broken rib diving for a ball on June 13. This will be his third All-Star roster appearance in the last four years. He lost to Milwaukee's Jean Segura in the players' vote 438 to 309, but easily won the fan vote, outdistancing Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford's 5,404,860 to 3,036,479. — Player page All stats through July 14. Click here for AL roster.
NL 3B: David Wright, Mets
All-Star Game: 7th Stats: .304, 13 HR, 44 RBI, 50 R, 15 SB Wright leads all NL third baseman in batting average, ranks second in homers — behind Pittsburgh's Pedro Alvarez (24) — and is third in RBI at the hot corner. Wright will make his fifth All-Star start and is joined by right-hander Matt Harvey as the two Mets who will get to play hosts with the 84th Midsummer Classic being held at Citi Field. — Player page — (Hall of Fame?) All stats through July 14. Click here for AL roster.
NL OF: Carlos Beltran, Cardinals
All-Star Game: 8th Stats: .309, 19 HR, 53 RBI, 51 R Beltran is tied with Cincinnati's Jay Bruce for third in homers among NL outfielders, trailing Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez (25) and Philadelphia's Domonic Brown (23). The 16-year veteran is also second among NL outfielders in batting average this season, behind Colorado's Michael Cuddyer (.330). Beltran led all NL outfielders in the fan vote with 6,786,919. — Player page All stats through July 14. Click here for AL roster.
NL OF: Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
All-Star Game: 2nd Stats: .302, 25 HR, 64 RBI, 68 R Gonzalez leads the NL in homers and slugging percentage (.605) and is second in runs — behind St. Louis' Matt Carpenter (72). CarGo played in his first All-Star Game last season, starting as the Senior Circuit's designated hitter, but this time he'll start as a fan selection. He finished second in NL outfield fan voting behind St. Louis' Carlos Beltran, but was voted first on the players' ballots. — Player page — (Hall of Fame?) All stats through July 14. Click here for AL roster.
NL OF: Bryce Harper, Nationals
All-Star Game: 2nd Stats: .244, 13 HR, 29 RBI, 38 R At 20 years, nine months, Harper will become the youngest NL starter and fourth youngest overall to start an All-Star Game. He will also be the first Washington National to appear in two Midsummer Classics. Harper has spent some time on the disabled list this season and hasn't produced as well as his rookie campaign ... but he's still a fan favorite, sneaking into the top three NL outfielders in the final voting results. — Player page All stats through July 14. Click here for AL roster.
NL SP: Matt Harvey, Mets
On his home turf, the right-hander will take the hill to start the 84th Midsummer Classic. He'll be the third New York Mets pitcher to start an All-Star Game, joining Tom Seaver (1970) and Dwight Gooden (1986 & '88). All-Star Game: 1st Stats: 7-2, 2.35 ERA, 147 K, 130 IP The rest of the staff: STARTERS Madison Bumgarner, Giants Patrick Corbin, Diamondbacks Jose Fernandez, Marlins Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers (Hall of Fame?) Cliff Lee, Phillies Jeff Locke, Pirates-x Adam Wainwright, Cardinals-* Travis Wood, Cubs Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals-x RELIEVERS Aroldis Chapman, Reds Jason Grilli, Pirates Craig Kimbrel, Braves Mark Melancon, Pirates-y Edward Mujica, Cardinals-y Sergio Romo, Giants-y x-injured; y-replacement; *-started Sunday so unavailable. Click here for AL roster.
Milwaukee shortstop Jean Segura and center fielder Carlos Gomez make the NL bench with respective .325 and .295 batting averages through July 14. The rest of the bench: C: Brian, McCann, Braves-y C: Buster Posey, Giants 1B: Allen Craig, Cardinals 1B: Freddie Freeman, Braves-z 1B: Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks 2B: Matt Carpenter, Cardinals 2B: Marco Scutaro, Giants SS: Everth Cabrera, Padres 3B: Pedro Alvarez, Pirates OF: Domonic Brown, Phillies OF: Michael Cuddyer, Rockies-x OF: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates (Hall of Fame?) x-Named starting DH; y-Injury replacement; z-Final Five vote winner, but injured — won't play. Click here for AL roster.
NL Final Five vote winner: Freddie Freeman, Braves
All-Star Game: 1st Stats: .308, 9 HR, 61 RBI, 49 R The Atlanta first baseman set a record with 19.7 million votes to beat out Dodgers rookie outfielder Yasiel Puig, Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond, Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and Giants outfielder Hunter Pence. "It's unbelievable," Freeman told The Associated Press. "I'm kind of speechless. I wouldn't be here without the fans and I just saw that it's 19.7 million votes. It's incredible and it's just a dream come true." Unfortunately, Freeman injured his left thumb Saturday on a defensive play and will sit out the All-Star Game. — Player page All stats through July 14. Click here for AL roster.