It's getting to be that time of year, that time where we start to talk about the All Star Game and all the events associated with All Star Week in Major League Baseball. This year's All Star Ballot is now live, with fans able to make their voices heard on who should play in the midsummer classic. All stats are prior to the beginning of play on May 31.
Right here, you can find which members of the Baltimore Orioles are on the All Star Ballot for you, the fan, to vote for. Just as a reminder before you go any further, fans are only able to vote for position players on the All Star Ballot, not pitchers.
Nine members of the Baltimore Orioles are on the 2023 All Star Game Ballot
Catcher: Adley Rutschman
This one is a pretty obvious one. In just over a year that Adley has been in the major leagues, he has been a major cornerstone of this team. He's continuing that this season, with a .402 OBP and .836 OPS to go with eight home runs and 43 walks in 54 games entering play on Wednesday.
His advanced metrics are just as strong. He ranks in the 99th percentile in walk percentage, 96th percentile in whiff percentage, and the 94th percentile in expected batting average among other strong stats. He's made his case for the All Star Game this season, and will continue to do so.
First Base: Ryan Mountcastle
This is another pretty obvious choice, as no one on the Orioles has come close to the time at first base that Ryan Mountcastle has spent. He is having another strong season, with 11 home runs and 12 doubles to his name over 55 games, currently possessing a .719 OPS.
Mountcastle has also had a tendency to hit the ball hard this season. He sits in the 96th percentile in expected slugging percentage, 81st percentile in max exit velocity, 87th percentile in average exit velocity, and the 74th percentile in hard hit percentage.
Second base: Adam Frazier
Signed in the offseason to a one-year contract, Adam Frazier has been better than advertised for the Orioles. With the bat, he has delivered six home runs, seven doubles, one triple, and 23 RBIs in 54 games of action, authoring a .725 OPS and 102 OPS+. He also doesn't strike out a lot, sitting in the 98th percentile in strikeout percentage and 94th percentile in whiff percentage.
With the glove, he's only committed three errors on the season, with Brandon Hyde tapping into his versatility, with Frazier drawing starts at second base and in the outfield. He's been a steady force, but it's likely he doesn't get a lot of votes.
Shortstop: Jorge Mateo
This season has been a tale of two months for Jorge Mateo. In April, he was one of the best hitters in the Orioles lineup and was seemingly making every play. May has been the exact opposite, falling into a massive slump at the plate that has dropped his overall numbers.
If Mateo does in fact rebound and have a big month of June, it will still be hard to see him in Seattle in mid-July, thanks to his bad month of May and the fact that he plays shortstop, which is always one of the deepest positions in terms of overall talent.
Third Base: Ramón Urías
It's in fact Urías instead of Gunnar Henderson that is listed at third base for the Orioles on the ballot. The power has not yet been there for Urías this season, with just one home run and nine doubles through 35 games, but he does still get on base at a good clip, with a .352 OBP and .718 OPS so far.
However, the defense has taken a bit of a dip. He ranks in just the 6th percentile in outs above average and the 21st percentile in arm strength. He notably ranked in the 90th percentile in outs above average in 2022. I wouldn't expect to see Urías in Seattle, especially with plenty of better options ahead of him at the hot corner, namely Matt Chapman and Rafael Devers.
Outfield: Austin Hays, Cedric Mullins, Anthony Santander
Each team gets three representatives for the outfield, and it's exactly the three names you'd expect for the Orioles. Hays is off to a tremendous start this season, slashing .311/.354/.506 with six home runs and 13 doubles through 50 games. He ranks very highly in average exit velocity, arm strength, hard hit percentage, expected slugging percentage, expected batting average, and barrel percentage among others.
Mullins is also doing his usual thing in center field, mixing great defense with a .835 OPS at the plate, ranking in the 90th percentile in outs above average and the 83rd percentile in walk percentage, with 13 stolen bases as well. Mullins would be a strong candidate for the All Star Game if he didn't just get injured. The timeline is still unclear, but it was enough to go and sign Aaron Hicks to fill the void.
Santander has also started to pick up some slack in May after a less than optimal first month. He's got eight home runs and 15 doubles, slashing .279/.358/.495 through 51 games, even authoring a 136 OPS+. He still hits the ball hard, as evidenced by a 89th percentile ranking in hard hit percentage, but with a crowded field of outfielders, Santander is unlikely to make the All Star Game.
Designated hitter: Gunnar Henderson
With Santander on the ballot as an outfielder, Henderson appears on the ballot as a DH. Henderson has appeared in 49 games in his first full season, hitting five home runs, seven doubles, and two triples with a .715 OPS. He draws plenty of walks, with 28 this year to place him in the 96th percentile in walk percentage.
However, with Shohei Ohtani being a DH in the American League, Henderson's chances to make the All Star Game appear slim, with Byron Buxton also in the fold as a DH.
Those are the nine members of the Orioles available to vote for on the All Star Ballot. This voting period lasts until June 22 at noontime eastern, with the top two players in votes at each position advance to the next phase of voting as the starters for the All Star Game are determined. Fans can vote up to five times every 24 hours, so be sure to get your votes in for these Orioles!