Who's your all-star?
A couple of interesting items yesterday, not the least of which is the fact that Chris Marrero and his Hagerstown Suns outfield mates - Justin Maxwell (U of Md.) and Mike Daniel (U of NC) - were promoted to high-Class A Potomac yesterday.
I know the team is high on Maxwell, and Daniel has power potential. But for those of you who are able to get out to Woodbridge, the guy to watch is Marrero. He's 18. It's possible - possible - he could start the 2009 season with the Nationals. I'd be interested in those who go down to see him. Boz, Sheinin and I have had many discussions about who's going to get to do the Marrero story (Boz initially won with that pesky seniority thing, but he's at the U.S. Open this week, so it might be time to swoop in). We'll bring you a good read on him soon.
So at this morning's Journal staff meeting we were talking about how quickly it got to be mid-June. And if it's mid-June, it can't be far from mid-July, which is mid-summer, which would bring the Mid-summer Classic. Indeed, the All-Star Game in San Francisco is less than a month away. Who knew?
With that, we were knocking around one of the more difficult questions in baseball: Who should be the Nationals' all-star rep? Each team has to have one player. It's one of those oddities in baseball that doesn't happen in basketball or football. (Hockey? I have no idea what they're doing. I think now it's players from Earth vs. players from the rest of the solar system, but they might tweak that formula next year.)
Here are the candidates, in alphabetical order:
Ryan Church, OF - .269 batting average/.365 on-base percentage/.463 slugging percentage, team-leading 21 doubles, six homers, 29 RBI
Jesus Colome, RHP - 4-0 in 33 appearances, 2.21 ERA, 25 strikeouts in 40-2/3 innings
Chad Cordero, RHP - 1-1, eight saves in 12 opportunities, 2.76 ERA, 25 strikeouts in 29-1/3 innings
Cristian Guzman, SS - .346/.386/.485, five doubles, five triples, one homer, eight RBI, 25 runs scored (missed five weeks with hamstring injury, so has played in only 32 games)
Dmitri Young, 1B - .342/.410/.513, 14 doubles, six homers, 33 RBI, team-leading 64 hits
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B - .243/.300/.413, 15 doubles, team-leading nine homers, team-leading 35 RBI
Basically, these guys have less than three weeks to get (or, in the cases of Guzman and Young, stay) hot, because even though the game is July 10, the teams will be announced July 1.
And keep in mind last year's test case for whether every team should have an all-star rep: Mark Redman, the lefty who was then with Kansas City (and is now 0-4 with an 11.63 ERA for the Braves (who signed him over the Nationals (whew!) this spring)), was the Royals' rep last year. His stats at the break: 6-4 with a 5.27 ERA. Wow.
Guzman and Young are both really, really intriguing because of all they've been through. I'll be fascinated by who it ends up being.
So two questions:
1. Who would you pick right now?
2. Who do you think it will be?
Mull that over for a bit.
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