Friday, February 22, 2013

Redlegs Review 2013 Preseason All-NL Central Team

2012 NL Central Standings
The ballots have been cast and the votes have been counted! Thanks to everyone who took the time to share their opinions. This was definitely a fun post to put together. But without further adieu, here is the unveiling of the Redlegs Review 2013 Preseason All-NL Central team, as voted by you the readers and fans. I hope you enjoy.

Starters
C Yadier Molina (STL)
1B Joey Votto (CIN)
2B Brandon Phillips (CIN)
SS Starlin Castro (CHC)
3B Todd Frazier (CIN)
LF Ryan Braun (MIL)
CF Andrew McCutchen (PIT)
RF Jay Bruce (CIN)

Reserves
SS Zack Cozart (CIN)
Ryan Hanigan (CIN)
OF Ryan Ludwick (CIN)
3B Aramis Ramirez (MIL)
OF Carlos Beltran (STL)

Starting Rotation
SP Johnny Cueto (CIN)
SP Mat Latos (CIN)
SP Adam Wainwright (STL)
SP A.J. Burnett (PIT)
SP Yovani Gallardo (MIL)

Bullpen
RHP Carlos Marmol (CHC)
RHP Jason Grilli (PIT)
RHP John Axford (MIL)
LHP Aroldis Chapman (CIN)
RH SU Jason Motte (STL)
LH SU Sean Marshall (CIN)
CL Jonathan Broxton (CIN)

Here's how the roster was determined:

Postion players: Players receiving the most votes at their respective position earned the nod for that position on the team. The remaining top five vote-getters comprised the reserve portion of the roster (1 C, 2 IF, 2 OF).

Pitching staff: The five starting pitchers who collected the most votes earned a spot in the starting rotation (max 2 per team). The seven relievers* who tallied the most votes earned a spot in the bullpen.

Notables regarding the voting results:
-2013 saw a nice increase in voter turnout as 150 ballots were cast. Last year, 84 ballots were cast.
-Votto was the top vote-getter in the division, collecting 145 of 150 votes at first base. Phillips was second with 134.
-McCutchen got the most votes among non-Reds players with 106.
-The tightest race was at shortstop where Castro made a late push to edge out Cozart 69-66.
-Cozart ended up as the top vote-getter among the reserves (66).
-After narrowly missing the rotation last year, Cueto received the most marks for a starting pitcher (134) this time around.
-Cardinals RHP Chris Carpenter actually beat Gallardo 32-30, but with the recent announcement that he will most likely miss 2013, he was not included on the roster.
-*Chapman was not included in the starting rotation but received a total of 68 votes when combining those from the starters' ballot and write-in votes from the relievers' ballot and so it was decided that he deserved a spot in the bullpen at least. This precluded LHP Mike Gonzalez of the Brewers, who received just 13 votes, from being included. Sorry.
-As expected, since this is a Reds blog after all, Reds players dominated the roster, placing 12 on the squad. It's hard to argue with most of the selections though.
-The Cardinals and the Brewers tied for second with four a piece, the Pirates had three and Cubs were last with two elected players.

Thanks again for all who participated!

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