Catcher – Brian McCann, Atlanta
McCann is in the midst of one of his best seasons of his career. His .305 batting average, .380 OBP, .523 SLG, 13 HR, and 2.8 WAR leads all qualifying catchers in the senior circuit. Kinda hard to argue with those numbers.
First Base – Joey Votto, Cincinnati
This was a tough one between Fielder and Votto. And I’m going against my usual “pick for the higher WAR” play here. Votto is the reigning NL MVP. That alone sways my opinion here. His .318 AVG and .440 OBP are tops among NL first basemen.
Second Base – Rickie Weeks, Milwaukee
This is one of the easier decisions. Weeks’ 14 HR, .854 OPS, and 3.3 WAR are tops among NL second basemen. He’s a Brewer, so it pains me to vote for him, but I guess I can’t snub everyone who plays for the Crew.
Third Base – Ryan Reynolds, Arizona
This was easily the hardest decision. But Reynolds gets the edge over Placido Polanco, Chase Headley, and Chipper Jones. Reynolds’ 10 HR is easily the most among NL third basemen. Couple that with his NL leading .803 OPS and NL leading 2.1 WAR and he is your All-Star.
Shortstop – Jose Reyes, New York
Reyes is making a legitimate NL MVP push with a stellar start to the season. His .338 AVG, .382 OBP, .511 SLG, 26 SB, and 4.3 WAR are all tops among NL shortstops.
OF – Matt Kemp, Los Angeles
Kemp is also someone in the MVP discussion as his 20 homers, .328 AVG, .420 OBP, .620 SLG, and 4.2 WAR lead all NL outfielders.
OF – Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh
‘Cutch is also quietly putting his name in discussions for NL MVP. He has a solid offensive line of .289/.393/.474 along with a 4.0 WAR, which is 2nd among NL outfielders. He’s also rated, defensively, as the 2nd best OF in the NL behind only Shane Victorino.
OF – Ryan Braun, Milwaukee
I told myself when I was putting this list together that I wouldn’t have Braun on it. But I just can’t leave him off. His line of .309/.395/.550 with 15 homers just can’t be overlooked. He is also 4th among all NL outfielders with a 3.4 WAR.
SP – Roy Halladay, Philadelphia
Man, he’s good. His 9-3 record and 2.51 ERA are superb. His 4.2 WAR is incredible and heads and shoulders over any non-Philly pitcher.
RP – Johnny Venters, Atlanta
He’s not a closer, but he has easily been the most dominant reliver up to this point. In 47.1 innings, he has a 0.57 ERA and has yet to allow a homer this season. His 1.5 WAR is tops among NL relievers.