Four players of Cuban heritage in the Major Leagues have made the All-Star starting lineup in Seattle as per the voting the are Yandy Diaz and Randy Arozarena in the American League. While Cuban- Americans Nolan Arenado, and J.D. Martínez made the cut in the National League.
Díaz is having a career year this season in Tampa. The native of Villa Clara, Cuba is hitting a robust .322 with 12 longballs and 38 runs batted in, but the most eye catching stat here is his .407/.521/.928 slash line and 2.3 WAR. This will be Diaz’s his first trip to the mid-summer classic.
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Randy Arozarena (.286,14HR, 54RBI) is one the most dynamic players in today’s game. The outfielder sports a sparkling .401 and has stolen nine bases. Arozarena slow but surely has become the face of the Tampa Bay Rays. This will also be the Cuban’s first trip to the All-Star Game.
Nolan Arenado (.274,16HR,54RBI) has been a fixture in the All-Star Game for the last ten years and this season is no different for the native of California. Since May 3 he’s slashing .299/.348/.599 and has gone yard 14 times. J.D. Martínez (.267,19HR,55RBI) has arguably been the best DH in the National League and has resurrected a career that looked dead coming into the season. The native of Miami is leads the National League with a .586 slugging percentage.
The NL is loaded.
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