There was a lot of controversy surrounding this year's All-Star voting as far as who's really deserving of the nod and who's not. But the fans have spoken -- and so have the managers and players responsible for voting in the reserves and pitchers. With the rosters and lineups for Tuesday's Midsummer Classic set, we have ranked the Top 25 All-Stars in the American League. (Stats through Jul 12)
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25. Russell Martin, C, Toronto Blue Jays (.251, 12 HR, 41 RBI)
Canadian Russell Martin seems to like playing in his home country. He will be playing in his fourth All-Star Game and his first since he played for the Yankees in 2011. Heading into the break, he leads all AL catchers with 14 doubles.
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24. Salvador Perez, C, Kansas City Royals (.262, 15 HR, 38 RBI)
A three-time All-Star, Perez is a close second behind Stephen Vogt for the best-hitting catcher in the league. Perez, a fan-favorite in Kansas City, earned 11.7 million votes, roughly 71,000 less than the leading vote-getter, Josh Donaldson.
23. Lorenzo Cain, OF, Kansas City Royals (.316, 8 HR, 4 3B, 17 SB)
This marks the 29-year-old speedy center-fielder's first trip to the All-Star Game. Cain, who is the centerpiece of the Royals' offense, is known as a threat on the basepaths with an impressive defensive highlight reel.
Since transitioning to the bullpen full time in 2014, Zach Britton has been one of the game’s best closers. He posted 37 saves in 2014 and seems well on his way to eclipse that mark this season. He and All-Star teammate Darren O’Day are two of the better relievers in the American League.
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21. Kelvin Herrera, RP, Kansas City Royals (1.95 ERA, 0.946 WHIP, 37 SO, 37 IP)
Herrera, another first-time All-Star, is two-thirds of a dangerous bullpen that helped the Royals reach Game 7 of the World Series last year. He had a breakout year in 2014 -- during which he didn't give up a single a home run -- and has continued to build on it through the first half of 2015.
An All-Star for the third consecutive year, Perkins is one of the best closers in the league -- his 28 saves are the most in the AL. Perkins closed the All-Star game for the AL squad in 2014 and would be the perfect candidate to do so again in 2015.
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19. Dellin Betances, SP, New York Yankees (5-2, 1.53 ERA, 7 SV, 77 SO, 47 IP)
Since breaking into the big leagues full time, the 6-foot-8 righty has been absolutely dominant and 2015 is no different. While sharing closing duties with Andrew Miller, Betances is striking out 14.74 hitters per nine innings.
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18. Wade Davis, RP, Kansas City Royals (0.46 ERA, 5-1, 9 SV, 44 SO, 39 IP)
Davis, a first-time All-Star, serves as the set-up man to Royals closer Greg Holland. However, Davis took over closing duties for part of the season as Holland battled a pectoral injury. Davis' microscopic ERA makes him one of the best relievers in the AL.
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17. David Price, SP, Detroit Tigers (9-2, 2.38 ERA, 115 SO, 125 IP)
Price is no stranger to the Midsummer Classic, as this marks his fifth All-Star appearance. He has emerged as the clear-cut ace of the Tigers pitching staff and currently owns the best win-loss percentage in the league with .818.
16. Jose Bautista, OF, Toronto Blue Jays (.239, 17 HR, 17 2B, 60 RBI)
This year will mark Jose Bautista’s sixth-straight All-Star selection. While he is hitting just .238, he's been an on-base machine (381 OBP), walking an AL-high 66 times.
The reigning AL batting champion had to fend off a fierce challenge by the Royals' Omar Infante to earn a starting nod in the All-Star Game, and he's well-qualified for the honor. Hitting near .300 once again for the upstart Astros, who were in first place in the AL West before winding up a half-game behind the Angels when play ended on Sunday, Altuve is also on his way toward becoming one of the most noteworthy players in the game. Check that -- he already is, but more people are starting to take note.
Keuchel is in the middle of a breakout campaign, and his incredible consistency atop the Astros' rotation has played a significant role in their efforts to break through and be a threat in the AL West. His ability to make pitching look easy makes him worthy of the starting nod he received for the AL in the All-Star Game, though there's no doubt he has loftier goals in mind (such as helping Houston make the postseason).
After Fielder's disastrous, injury-riddled 2014 campaign, making the AL squad has to feel pretty good. And it should, as he's having another monstrous offensive year for the surprisingly 'still-in-the-race' Rangers.
Last season was a rough one for Kipnis, but he returned back to his All-Star form in the first half of 2015. Two months of incredible hitting -- He hit .429 with a 1.127 OPS in May and .358 with a .926 OPS in June -- put him back in the All-Star conversation for the second time in three years.
One of the many first-time All-Stars suiting up this week, Stephen Vogt has perhaps the most incredible story. An everyday MLB player for the first time in his career after hitting 30 years of age, Vogt has been among the league leaders in average and RBIs for much of the first half. A shining example of "never give up" attitude, Vogt boasts the kind of story that they make Hollywood movies about.
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10. Chris Archer, SP, Tampa Bay Rays (9-6, 2.74 ERA, 121.2 IP, 147 SO, 30 BB)
Amid an offseason of uncertainty, the Rays knew they had an ace in the hole with Chris Archer. This marks his first All-Star selection. He is second in the American League in strikeouts per nine innings at 10.87.
The Mariners signed Cruz to a lofty free-agent contract in hopes that he'd bring his "Boomstick" to Safeco -- and he has, leading the league in homers for much of the first half. He's also shown an ability to pepper non-homers around the ballpark as well, as evidenced by his .308 batting average. In a Mariners lineup devoid of anything close to offensive stability, Cruz has been the anchor the team wanted him to be -- and then some.
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8. Felix Hernandez, SP, Seattle Mariners (11-5, 2.84 ERA, 112 SO, 117.1 IP)
Felix is the King -- that much is already proven. He's led the Mariners pitching staff once again in 2015, dazzling and befuddling hitters on a mostly regular basis. A few of his losses have been of the "hard luck" variety, given Seattle's offensive woes, but for the most part he's well on his way to adding another outstanding season to his already impeccable resume.
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7. Sonny Gray, SP, Oakland A's (10-3, 2.04 ERA, 108 SO, 123.2 IP; Two-hit CGSO heading into the break)
The other half of the Oakland A's All-Star duo is ace Sonny Gray, who just might be the best pitcher in the American League this season. After a sterling two-hit shutout on Sunday, Gray heads into the break with an AL-best 2.04 ERA and a record of 10-3. In just his sophomore season as a starting rotation anchor, Gray is quickly becoming one of the can't-miss pitchers in the entire sport.
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6. Albert Pujols, 1B, Los Angeles Angels (.255, 26 HR, 56 RBI)
Hey, remember when Albert Pujols was "finished?" Remember when he couldn't hit or stay healthy anymore? Well, he's played 84 games already this season and made the All-Star Game for the first time since he joined the Angels (and first since 2010). That's not bad, and it's also not something somebody "on the decline" does. So welcome back, Albert.
Martinez's first trip to the Midsummer Classic is certainly an interesting one. He went from being cut by the Astros last season, to an All-Star outfielder with the Tigers this year. Martinez had a monster June, hitting .290/.320/.677 with 11 home runs, 26 RBI, and three doubles.
4. Josh Donaldson, 3B, Toronto Blue Jays (.293, 21 HR, 22 2B, 60 RBI)
During the fan vote, Josh Donaldson set a record for votes, garnering an astounding 14,090,188 votes. The Blue Jays third baseman is in his second All-Star Game, but first with Toronto.
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3. Chris Sale, SP, Chicago White Sox (8-4, 2.72 ERA, 157 SO, 119.1 IP)
Sale's win-loss record is a poor reflection of just how great he's been this season. He leads the league in strikeouts (157) and WHIP (0.95) and is an early candidate for this year's Cy Young Award. While White Sox manager Robin Ventura has said that he doesn't want his ace pitching in this year's All-Star game, AL manager Ned Yost said Sale will be making an appearance.
2. Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Detroit Tigers (.350, 15 HR, 16, 2B, 54 RBI)
While Miggy won't participate in this year's All-Star festivities due to a recent left calf injury, he still deserves the No. 2 spot in our rankings. Cabrera leads the league in batting average (.350), on-base percentage (.456) and on-base plus slugging (1.034). One of the best hitters in the game right now, fans will surely miss seeing Miggy in this year's Midsummer Classic.
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1. Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels (.312, 26 HR, 55 RBI, AL-leading .614 SLG)
Mike Trout. You know who he is. He's great. No, he's REALLY great. He already has almost 30 home runs and is still pulling down absurd catches in the outfield. He's Mike Trout. Get used to him in the All-Star Game, because he'll be Troutstanding (sorry) for years and years to come.