Friday, October 5, 2012

The All-National League Central Team

The National League Central boasted its fair share of good players in 2012. In fact, there was a time during the season when it appeared the division would produce the MVP, Rookie of the Year, Cy Young winner, and the Manager of the Year, which would have been mighty impressive. But then Joey Votto got injured, the Pirates hit a nosedive, Johnny Cueto went through a rough stretch, and Davey Johnson's Nationals started surging. All in all, the division still sent two clubs to the postseason, which was a feat many pundits didn't think was possible prior to the year.

Anyways, I thought it would be fun to assemble a 25-man All-NL Central team, just as I did at the All-Star Break and the preseason. I selected the players who I believed had the best seasons at their respective positions and thus, were the most deserving. So, without further adieu, here is the squad:

C Yadier Molina (STL)
C Jonathan Lucroy (MIL)
1B Allen Craig (STL)
1B Garrett Jones (PIT)
1B Joey Votto (CIN)
2B Brandon Phillips (CIN)
2B Jose Altuve (HOU)
SS Starlin Castro (CHC)
3B Aramis Ramirez (MIL)
3B David Freese (STL)
OF Ryan Braun (MIL)
OF Matt Holliday (STL)
OF Andrew McCutchen
OF Alfonso Soriano (CHC)

Honorable Mentions: Pedro Alvarez (PIT), Neil Walker (PIT), Ryan Ludwick (CIN), Jay Bruce (CIN), Carlos Beltran (STL), Norichika Aoki (MIL), Corey Hart (MIL), Todd Frazier (CIN)

SP Johnny Cueto (CIN)
SP Kyle Loshe (STL)
SP Mat Latos (CIN)
SP Yovani Gallardo (MIL)
SP Lance Lynn (STL)
SP A.J. Burnett
RP Jason Motte (STL)
RP Sean Marshall (CIN)
RP Mitchell Boggs (STL)
RP Joel Hanrahan (PIT)
RP Aroldis Chapman (CIN)

Honorable Mentions: Adam Wainwright (STL), Homer Bailey (CIN)

Most Valuable Hitter: Andrew McCutchen (PIT)

Most Valuable Pitcher: Johnny Cueto (CIN)

Top Defensive Player: Brandon Phillips (CIN)

Rookie of the Year: Todd Frazier (CIN)



jeremy said...

Not bad, but The NL GOLD GLOVE WINNER @ 2nd base is in the division and not on the list. While Darwin Barney is not an offensive stud, his defensive value makes him extremely valuable.

Anonymous said...

BP is on the list. And he was dubbed the Top Defensive Player as well.

Anonymous said...

No fan of the Cubs. But I have to admit I agree you've got the wrong guy for top defensive player. Phillips isn't even the best in the division at his position. Barney gets the nod.