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The choice process for the 20-19 All-MLB Team runs through 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday, using 50% of their vote originating out of fans along with 50% from a panel of experts.
His in-field partner, Yoán Moncada, would have made this list, too. But Anderson’s offensive breakout felt much more dramatic, as he moved from batting .240 at 2018 (with a career average of .258) into directing the Majors at .335.

Anderson still drew only 1-5 walks but combined with an higher contact rate using an improved hard-hit rate to help raise his OPS nearly 200 points (.687 to .865).
Entering 20-19, Bell’s .436 slugging percent and 110 OPS+ were best for a first baseman, notably one. Most troubling, Bell’s home run total had fallen from 26 in’18. But this past season finally saw the rise of a true power threat. Even with a second-half dip, the first-time All-Star ranked in the top 10 in the NL in homers (37), RBIs (116), slugging (.569) and OPS+ (143).
It was always clear that he possessed power. Yet from his August 2014 debut through’18, Soler had hit at a total of 38 home runs in 307 league matches and slugged just .424, while handling accidents rather than playing the complete season. The baseball world watched what Soler can try as he logged 162 matches and led the AL with 48 homers, obliterating the Royals’ franchise album whilst slugging .569.
Sep 30th, 2019 · 0:40
Anderson wins AL batting name
Here is a glance at 1 1 players (listed alphabetically) whose inclusion on the ballot would have been widely regarded as a surprise on Opening Day.
Relief pitchers, by their nature, are unpredictable.

And so while at least a few of Hendriks’ peers might have joined him on this checklist, we will limit the bullpen here. The righty is evidence of the temperament of the role. In the exact middle of the 2018 season, the A’s designated him for assignment and outrighted him to Triple-A (before he returned to serve as the opener at the AL Wild Card Game). Last calendar year, Hendriks submitted a 1.80 ERA, made the All-Star team and rescued 25 games.
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But for a number of these competitors, that was not the situation. Heading into 20-19, these players hadn’t tasted the form of recent success would make sure they are frontrunners to get awards. Things can change fast.

Liam Hendriks, RP, A’s
There’ll be a primary team and second team, when casting their ballots, and voters are requested to consider performance only. Each team should comprise one selection at every position (including designated hitter and several outfielders, regardless of specific outfield position), five starting pitchers and two discomforts.
All-MLB Team catcher nominees
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Tim Anderson, SS, White Sox
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Heading into 2019, Semien might have seemed exceptionally unlikely to author any All-MLB-worthy surprises. In the five previous seasons, he had posted OPS+ figures of 93, 98, 99, 97 and 95 — settling in just below average. A solid defensive shortstop with those sorts of offensive numbers is a strong contributor, but Semien took it to another level this year, batting .285/.369/.522 (138 OPS+) with 33 homers, 92 RBIs, and about 8 WAR, per FanGraphs. He was third in the AL MVP race.
All-MLB Team outfield nominees
A number of the candidates for the inaugural 2019 All-MLB Team presented with Scotts could have been preseason favorites for the honor. By appearing on the ballot, players such as Alex Bregman,

Mike Trout and Christian Yelich were meeting expectations.
We’ll list these two because there exists a story here. Back in 2018, Perez (.519) and Vazquez (.540) both ranked in the bottom seven among MLB hitters at OPS (minimum 200 plate appearances) while dividing behind-the-plate duties. In ’19, both seized an opportunity to take control of starting jobs, producing roughly league-average offense, topping 20 homers and ranking among the game’s best pitch framers, according to Statcast.
A ninth-round Draft pick, Garver was never a hyped prospect and didn’t exactly enter 2019 with a lot of buzz. Then he went out and launched 31 homers in just 311 at-bats as part of Minnesota’s “Bomba Squad,” finishing eighth in MLB in OPS (.995) among those with at least 300 plate appearances. Garver backed that up by ranking near the top of MLB in hard-hit rate and barrel rate, per Statcast.
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Lance Lynn, SP, Rangers
It wouldn’t have seemed like a stretch to predict that Giolito would get here back when he was a top-10 prospect. But by the end of 2018, that bright future had been clouded. Giolito allowed the most earned runs in the Majors in 2018 (118) —


then cut that down to 67 this year, posting a 3.41 ERA in roughly the same numbers of innings. Giolito finished sixth in the AL Cy Young Award race and now seems to be the ace the White Sox envisioned. 

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Marcus Semien, SS, A’s
Nov 26th, 2019 · 1:59
Jorge Soler, DH, Royals
All-MLB team: Catchers
It came like a bit of a surprise when the Rangers handed Lynn a three-year deal last December, coming off a 4.77 ERA and going right into his age-32 year old. Lynn honored that faith by dropping his ERA into 3.67 in more than 200 innings, forming a lively rotation duo with Mike Minor. The righty rated fourth in the AL with 246 strikeouts and third at the Majors in pitching WAR, per equally Baseball Reference and FanGraphs.
Josh Bell, 1B, Pirates
Roberto Pérez, C, Indians; Christian Vázquez, C, Red Sox
All-MLB Team outfield nominees
Lucas Giolito, SP, White Sox
Ketel Marte, OF, D-backs
Nov 28th, 2019 · 2:10
Mitch Garver, C, Twins
Anderson wins AL batting name
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Marte hinted in 2018 at a breakout, showing substantial progress. Still, he went out of the roughly league-average agreeing to some valid star this season, doubling .329/ / .389/ / .592 (14-9 OPS+) with 32 homers while handling both centre field and second base. Marte produced roughly 7 WAR and placed fourth at the NL MVP race.