Ian Kinsler, Second Base
Ian Kinsler may just be the Detroit Tigers best all-around player, which is saying something on a team littered with big names.
Whether hitting at the top of the order, or in the field at second base, Kinsler is nothing but consistent. The second baseman is hitting .293 this season with a .348 on-base percentage. He’s also added 59 runs scored as one of baseball’s premier table setters.
However, setting up the likes of Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez isn’t the only thing that Kinsler does—the veteran can also do damage on his own.
The former Texas Ranger has 14 home runs this season, which puts him well-within reach of eclipsing his career high of 32, which he hit during the 2011 campaign.
By comparison, it took Kinsler 154 games to hit 11 home runs last year. He has 14 in just 73 this year. As of now, only Cabrera has left the yard more than the 34-year-old.
What’s more, Kinsler has also continued to excel in the field. There may not be a better defensive second baseman in the league.
Unfortunately, second base is a loaded position in the American League. Dustin Pedroia, Robinson Cano and Jose Altuve all man the positon for fellow American League clubs. However, Kinsler’s play this season should be more than enough to get him into the All-Star game. He should be in San Diego.