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Yasiel Puig not an All-Star? Time for a do-over

Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig laughs

Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig laughs during batting practice prior to a game against the Yankees. (June 19, 2013) (Credit: Getty Images)

Yasiel Puig wasn't voted into the All-Star Game as a starter by the fans. He wasn't picked as a reserve by NL manager Bruce Bochy or though the players' vote. He was selected to be a candidate for the final vote, but lost out to Atlanta's Freddie Freeman. So when the All-Star Game came to Citi Field, the Puig circus was not in tow.

Boy was that a missed opportunity.

At the time, Puig was a sensation, but had only been exciting spectators for little more than a month. It's now been over two months...and he may be getting better. Puig has started walking. His defense in right field is often as exciting as his offense (See: Marlon Byrd at third base, throwing out).

And had Puig been voted into the All-Star Game, the numbers, even now in August, would have made him a valid selection. Heading into Thursday's games, Puig has a higher Wins Above Replacment than eight NL All-Stars, including two who started in the outfield, four total outfielders and the man who won the final vote, Freeman. His 3.0 WAR is tied with another All-Star, Everth Cabrera, who was suspended for his involvement with Biogenesis.

Puig, of course, leads all of those peers despite having anywhere from 60-200 less plate appearances than they did.

Here's how Puig stacks up with several of the players who made the All-Star team over him:

  Plate appearances Average On-base percentage Slugging percentage Home runs Wins Above Replacement
Yasiel Puig, RF, Dodgers 272 .368 .430 .583 11 3.0
Carlos Beltran, RF, Cardinals 441 .303 .341 .512 20 1.8
Bryce Harper, LF, Nationals 336 .262 .359 .503 17 2.0
Michael Cuddyer, RF, Rockies 399 .324 .388 .539 17 1.8
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, Pirates 442 .236 .296 .484 29 2.3
Domonic Brown, LF, Phillies 438 .277 .324 .541 27 2.4
Everth Cabrera, SS, Padres 435 .283 .355 .381 4 3.0
Allen Craig, 1B, Cardinals 486 .317 .370 .460 11 2.3
Marco Scutaro, 2B, Giants 446 .303 .358 .378 2 2.2
Freddie Freeman, 1B, Braves 463 .301 .389 .474 14 2.8

Tags: Yasiel Puig , Dodgers , All-Star Game


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