By Matt Furtado/Sports 1140 KHTK

Stephen Vogt is not the most All-Star worthy player on the Oakland Athletics.

He may be one of the better catchers in the American League, but his performance this season does not warrant an All-Star appearance.

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Vogt was selected to the American League All-Star team for the second year in a row. However, last year, his play was far better than this year.

Last season at the All-Star break, Vogt was batting .286 with 14 home runs and 56 RBI.

This season, his numbers aren’t even close.

He’s currently hitting .268 with 6 home runs and 24 RBI.

Because the A’s are having another bad season, the team only deserves to have one All-Star, but that one player should not be Vogt.

There are players on the Athletics who deserve the trip to San Diego more than Vogt. The other A’s players who are more deserving didn’t make the All-Star roster because of the depth at those respective positions throughout the league.

With that said, here are the three Athletics players who are more deserving of an All-Star appearance than Vogt.

1. Marcus Semien – SS – .242 avg, 18 HR, 44 RBI

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Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

He’s first among American League shortstops in home runs and third in RBI.

The depth at the shortstop position is absolutely loaded in the A.L. It’s not a surprise Semien didn’t make it, but his numbers make him worthy.

Xander Bogaerts, Francisco Lindor, and Eduardo Nunez are the three shortstops who were named to the A.L. roster.

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Semien has vastly improved in the field and at the plate. He may not be an All-Star this season, but if he keeps improving at the rate he has, Semien could be a great shortstop in the league for years to come.

2. Khris Davis – LF – .257 avg, 19 HR, 53 RBI

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Photo by Matt Brown/Angels Baseball LP/Getty Images

Davis has been the biggest threat in the Athletics’ lineup this season. He leads all left fielders in home runs and RBI.

He’s not the best in the field and he strikes out a whole lot, but he drives in runs in the middle of the order.

The biggest problem for Davis is that all outfielders are put into the same group; it doesn’t matter which outfield position you play.

Davis may be leading all left fielders in those categories, but overall, there are a handful of center and right fielders with numbers comparable, if not better.

3. Ryan Dull – RP – 42.2 inning pitched, 2.11 ERA, 45 Ks

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Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images

Dull has been, by far and way, the best pitcher coming out of the Athletics bullpen.

There is still a chance he could be named to the All-Star roster to fill in for injured players. Hopefully he will make it in his first full season in the big leagues because his numbers warrant an All-Star appearance.

In years past, it has been harder for relief pitchers who aren’t closers to make All-Star games, but there are currently four middle relief pitchers on the A.L. roster.

Dull is the only pitcher for the Athletics who is putting up All-Star numbers, and he could very well be named as an All-Star replacement in the coming days.

 

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