After a flurry of home runs in June and early July, J.D. Martinez is an All-Star. So are Jose Iglesias and David Price, who were named to the 2015 American League All-Star team on Monday evening. The three Tigers will join Miguel Cabrera, who was voted as a starter but will obviously not play due to a Grade 3 calf strain suffered last week.
Martinez was hardly on the All-Star radar at the end of May, when he was batting .267/.335/.466 with nine home runs and 22 RBI. However, a torrid finish to the first half of the season earned him his first All-Star selection. Martinez has hit .315/.350/.730 with 14 home runs and 34 RBI in 28 games since June 1, and he now ranks fifth among AL outfielders with 2.9 WAR. Martinez may also participate in the Home Run Derby, to be held on Monday, July 13.
Jose Iglesias has put together a strong season after missing all of 2014 with stress fractures in both legs, earning him his first All-Star bid. Iglesias has put on his usual show defensively, but leads all qualified AL shortstops with a .323 batting average, .374 on-base percentage, and .335 weighted on-base average (wOBA). Iglesias ranks second in the AL with 2.0 WAR, just behind Boston's Xander Bogaerts. Bogaerts, the player that made Iglesias expendable in Boston, is one of five players in the final vote for the last spot on the AL roster.
David Price's selection marks his fifth All-Star nod of his career, but his first with the Tigers. Price is 8-2 with a 2.54 ERA and 2.90 FIP in 117 innings this year. He leads the major leagues with three complete games, and has almost singlehandedly kept the Tigers afloat during a tumultuous season.
Tigers are 14-3 with David Price starting and 27-37 with anyone else. David Price is an All-Star. These are related items.— Dave Hogg (@Stareagle) July 6, 2015
Yoenis Cespedes may be considered a snub by some, but he still has a chance to make the All-Star roster. Cespedes is one of five players in the final vote for the last spot on the AL team, along with Boston's Xander Bogaerts, Minnesota's Brian Dozier, New York's Brett Gardner, and Kansas City's Mike Moustakas. The Tigers will be teaming up with the Cincinnati Reds, asking fans to vote for both Cespedes and starting pitcher Johnny Cueto. You can vote for Cespedes and Cueto here.