Judge will start in the outfield, as the rookie sensation led all American League players in fan voting. In fact, the only player he trailed in all of Major League Baseball was Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper. Aaron is enjoying a tremendous first full-season in the Bronx, as he is threatening the AL Triple Crown with a .325 batting average (3rd), 27 home runs (1st), and 62 RBI’s (1st). He will be the first Yankee outfielder to start in the All-Star Game since Curtis Granderson (2012). In an interview this Sunday on ESPN’s All-Star Game selection show, Judge said he’s “enjoying the moment” and that “we will find out soon” if he will accept his Home Run Derby invitation.
Fresh off a historic rookie campaign over the second half of last season, Sanchez receives the nod from the players vote. He has hit .289 with 13 home runs, and 40 RBI’s in just 190 at bats.
Castro’s participation in the star-studded event will be in question due to a right hamstring strain that he is currently nursing. On June 27, 2017 the Yankees placed him on the 10-day disabled list. The 27 year-old is batting .313, with 12 home runs and 45 RBI’s in 294 at bats this season.
In 16 starts in 2017, Severino is 5-4 with a 3.52 ERA and 1.11 WHIP. The Sabana de la Mar, Dominican Republic native has tossed 99.2 innings and logged a remarkable 114 strikeouts. Luis has successfully rebounded from a disastrous 2016, by becoming the only Yankees All-Star in the starting rotation. His hard work with Pedro Martinez last offseason has unquestionably turned his career around and proved to be beneficial.
Betances has been brilliant in 2017, anchoring the Yankees bullpen for yet another season. The 6’8” right-hander is 3-3 with a 3.12 ERA and 1.35 WHIP. In 29 games, Betances has logged 26 innings and struck out and eye-popping 48 batters.
Judge, Sanchez, and Severino will be appearing in the first All-Star Game while Betances and Castro will be enjoying their fourth selections.
The Midsummer Classic will be played at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 7:30 ET on FOX.