The American League set most of its roster for the 2012 MLB All-Star Game on Sunday and the Royals were hopeful to get multiple players into the game at Kauffman Stadium.
They only got one, but it’s the deserving Billy Butler, who has a .297/.365/.516 line with 16 homers and 48 RBI through Saturday. It’s his first All-Star selection but he’s had multiple solid years since becoming a regular in the Royals lineup. I looked at his power surge this year and its place in first-half Royals lore. There’s a chance that Robinson Cano might select him for the Home Run Derby in front of the hometown fans.
Mike Moustakas and Alcides Escobar have had solid years in positions with solid competition and missed the cut. Paul looked at their cases to make the All-Star team yesterday. Jonathan Broxton had a chance to be the representative with 20 saves and a 2.05 ERA. Instead, Broxton is part of the Final Vote and could still be voted in.