Four San Diego Padres have been named finalists to the All-MLB team for 2020.
Four members of the San Diego Padres have been named as finalists to the second annual All-MLB Team, according to MLB.com. The winners will be revealed on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. PT (7:00 ET) on MLB Network.
The finalists were chosen in part (50%) by a fan vote, with the other 50% of the selection process coming from a panel of experts. A first and a second team will be named.
Here are the Padres candidates:
2B Jake Cronenworth. After he was acquired in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays last offseason, Cronenworth took over at second base in 2020 and took off, finishing second in NL Rookie of the Year voting. He put up an AVG/OBP/SLG line of .285/.354/.477 with four home runs and 20 RBIs, and in the NL Wild Card round against the St. Louis Cardinals, he went 5-for-8 with a home run. Cronenworth goes up against DJ LeMahieu and Brandon Lowe.
SS Fernando Tatis Jr. Tatis has become one of the brightest young stars in the game after a tremendous 2020 campaign in which he posted a 2.5 WAR over 59 games. His slash line was .277/.366/.571 while he hit 17 home runs and knocked in 45, also stealing 11 bases. It was good for a Silver Slugger Award and a fourth-place finish in NL MVP voting. Tatis goes up against Corey Seager and Trea Turner.
3B Manny Machado. Machado was okay, if not great, during his first season in San Diego in 2019 after signing that big contract, but he came up big in 2020. Like Tatis, Machado also won a Silver Slugger Award and finished third in MVP voting after a 2.8 WAR 60-game season. His slash line was .304/.370/.580 with 16 home runs and 47 RBIs. Machado goes up against Jose Ramirez and Justin Turner.
SP Dinelson Lamet. Overshadowed a bit by some of the other great NL pitching performances in 2020, Lamet had a tremendous campaign that saw him finish fourth in NL Cy Young Award voting. In 12 starts during the shortened season, he pitched 69 innings and posted a 2.09 ERA while striking out 93 batters. He was also consistent, not giving up more than three runs in any start. Five starting pitchers will be selected to the All-MLB Team.
So what do you think, Padres fans? Who among the four finalists should win? Let us know!