Here are the latest results in National League All-Star Game balloting (and here are the results from the AL). As usual, no Pirates will be voted in. But at least one player will have to represent the Bucs.â†µ
Andrew McCutchen would be an obvious candidate. He's not in the top 15 in voting among NL outfielders, but he ranks second in WAR (which measures the value of a player's offensive and defensive contributions) within that group, trailing only the Dodgers' Matt Kemp. He also is pretty clearly the Pirates' best everyday player, contributing on both sides of the ball and recording a number of hugely important hits.â†µ
Among the Pirates' pitchers, Joel Hanrahan would be an easy choice - it's not uncommon for Pirates closers to make the All-Star team, whether they're good or not, because someone has to represent the Bucs. Plus, Hanrahan actually is very good.â†µ
Charlie Morton and Jeff Karstens might be good darkhorse candidates. Morton, in particular, has generated a fair amount of buzz after turning his career around this season.â†µ
Among the hitters, the only other logical potential choice is Neil Walker. That might be a popular decision with Pittsburgh fans, who would surely like to see a local kid get the call. But when considering his defense, which isn't particularly strong, Walker has been worse than several NL second basemen, including Rickie Weeks, Brandon Phillips and Danny Espinosa.