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After months of uncertainty, intense negotiations, some hurt feelings and deliberation, the Major League Baseball regular season finally began on July 23rd. Despite many schedule changes, players missing time for positive Covid tests and players ultimately opting-out of the season, live big four sports is back.
We here at “The 3 Point Conversion” couldn’t be happier to see it and to analyze it. So let’s do our job: here is MLB’s All-July team for 2020!
Catcher: Christian Vazquez, Boston Red Sox
Vazquez went largely unnoticed last season due to the reemergence of New York catchers Wilson Ramos and Gary Sanchez. However, out of the spotlight, he was able to shine, being in the top 10 of major categories for hitters. He’s carried that potential over into early part of this season. He currently leads all catchers in home runs, runs batted in and is tied with Kansas City’s Salvador Perez for hits.
First Baseman: Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs
Rizzo is off to another good start. Despite competition from Los Angeles’ Max Muncy and Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman, he’s managed to be tied for most home runs at the position and top five in average, RBI and top ten in hits. We have to give an honorable mention to the Miami Marlins’ Jesus Aguilar but due to Miami’s season being paused after three games, there just isn’t enough evidence.
Second Baseman: Donovan Solano, San Francisco Giants
In arguably our first major battle, Solano narrowly beat out Detroit’s Jonathan Schoop. Where Schoop lead in home runs, it was Solano’s lead in RBI, hits and average that gives him the advantage. Add to it that he did it in one less game than Schoop and his impact is just that much more impressive.
Shortstop: Dansby Swanson, Atlanta Braves
Despire Los Angeles’ Corey Seager’s hot start, somehow Swanson outdid it. Being the only shortstop with double digit RBI and having the most hits as a shortstop, Swanson takes it. If Seager had a more substantial lead in home runs, then maybe he’d take it but when his lead is only one, it’s not convincing enough.
Third Baseman: Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians
Ramirez in the early part of this season has been absolutely spectacular. His .400 average, 12 hits and seven runs scored lead all third basemen. Add to it his top five RBI (5) and home runs (2) and it makes him a threat to do some real damage this year.
Left Field: Mike Yastrzemski, San Francisco Giants
The grandson of Hall of Fame outfielder Carl Yastrzemski, Mike took a while to get to the show but is making the most of his time so far. His .414 average is second among left fielders and two home runs is second in the position. Then there’s his position leading hits and runs scored: if he continues, he could have a career year.
Center Field: JaCoby Jones, Detroit Tigers
Among center fielders, if he’s not number one, he’s number two. Jones is currently second in all but two major categories (RBI, hits, average). Those two categories he leads in (home runs and runs scored). Though early, his hustle deserves respect.
Right Field: Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
While Judge hasn’t been the best in average or hits, he’s made up for it in home runs and RBI. Following Los Angeles’ right fielder Mookie Betts’ 12-year, $365 million deal, Judge’s chance at big money is coming up. He’ll need a huge year to get there.
Starting Pitcher: Shane Bieber, Cleveland Indians:
In two starts, Bieber has been unstoppable. In 14 innings, he’s allowed no runs, gotten two wins and allowed seven hits. Additionally, he leads baseball in strike outs with 27. If he can keep these trends up, we could see him as a Cy Young Award candidate.
Closer: Joe Jimenez, Detroit Tigers
Four saves in four save opportunities: that’s the mark of a good closer. Though he’s allowed a run and has five less strike outs than the man with the second most saves, Archie Bradley, it’s his efficiency that confirms him as the top closer of the month. The goose egg in the blown saves column is what makes him top dog.