With the 2023 MLB All-Star Game just over 1 week away, the full A.L and N.L rosters were announced on Sunday night. The A.L roster features 4 Orioles, the most representatives for the club since 2016 when they had 5. All 4 players are making their first All-Star game appearances. Let's take a look at the 2023 Orioles All Stars!
4 members of the Orioles were selected to the AL All Star Team on Sunday night
Rutschman lands on the roster as a reserve after narrowly losing the fan vote for the starting spot to Rangers catcher Jonah Heim. Although Rutschman had a slower month of June, he still boasts very solid numbers for the year. He's hit 11 home runs with 35 RBI's while slashing .268/.374/.415. He continues to show elite plate discipline, walking a team-high 52 times while only striking out 50 times on the season. This lands him in the 95th percentile for BB%. 90th percentile for K%, and 94th percentile for Whiff %.
His defense has regressed from last season, but he continues to be a very solid defensive catcher according to stats like Pop Time and Framing, where he ranks in the 78th and 67th percentile respectively. Pair this with the elite offensive play and it's no surprise Rutschman made the roster. I have a feeling this will be a yearly routine for Rutschman who's making the team in just his second major league season.
Bautista was an absolute lock to make the All-Star team. He's been arguably the most dominant relief pitcher in all of baseball. His surface level stats are unreal, featuring a miniscule 1.16 ERA with 79 strikeouts in just 38.2 innings of work. He's converted 22 of 27 save opportunities this season, giving him the 5th most saves in the MLB.
His advanced stats are other-worldly. He's in the 100th percentile in K%, xBA, and Whiff % while sitting in the 99th percentile in xERA/xwOBA, xSLG, and fastball velocity. He's having a historically great season out of the 'pen and is currently on pace to break Aroldis Chapman's record for strikeouts per 9 innings. It should be no surprise that "The Mountain" will be making the trip to Seattle for the 2023 All-Star game.
Yennier Cano has been one of the biggest surprises in all of baseball this season and is without a doubt deserving of the All-Star game nod. He's been a revelation out of the Orioles bullpen as the set-up man to Felix Bautista. He's currently sporting a 1.12 ERA in 40.1 innings of work, with a 0.84 WHIP as well.
Similarly to Bautista, Cano's advanced stats are fantastic. His hard sinker and nasty changeup have landed him in the 90th percentile or better in xSLG, Barrel %, and xERA/xwOBA. He's also been fantastic at limiting walks, slotting him in the 97th percentile in BB%. Cano has burst onto the scene and become one half of the best 1-2 bullpen punch in the MLB.
Hays becomes the 4th Orioles All-Star thanks to a career season so far. He's currently 3rd in the A.L with a .312 batting average. He's also top 10 in the A.L in hits, doubles, and OPS while leading the Orioles in those categories as well. Although not all of his advanced stats on defense are amazing, he certainly passes the eye-test thanks to his 89th percentile arm strength in left-field.
In a league featuring countless All-Star worthy outfielders, it's great to see Austin Hays get the respect he deserves. He's had a fantastic season and has been arguably the most consistent player on a playoff caliber Orioles team.
The Orioles have had a tremendous season so far with a 49-33 record in a loaded A.L East division, so it's awesome to see many of their players getting recognition. We'll look forward to watching them play in the 2023 All-Star game come July 11th.