Two Yankees will be among the American League starters at the 2019 MLB All-Star Game in Cleveland.
On Thursday, Gary Sanchez was announced as the American League's starting catcher, and he'll be joined in the infield by DJ LeMahieu, who will be making the start at second base.
After a down year in 2018, Sanchez has gotten back to his mashing ways, blasting 23 home runs and driving in 52 runs to this point in the season, leading all American League catchers in those categories. His .939 OPS is the third highest among all AL players, trailing only Mike Trout and Carlos Santana.
Thanks to everyone who voted for me. Was an honor to be in the final three with @JamesMcCann34 and #RobinsonChirinos. // Gracias a todos los que votaron por mi. Fue un honor estar en los últimos tres con @JamesMcCann34 y #RobinsonChirinos. pic.twitter.com/Rv9ngSxfek- Gary Sanchez (@ElGarySanchez) June 27, 2019
LeMahieu's journey to his third All-Star Game is nothing short of incredible. Considered more of a bench player before the season started, LeMahieu made his way into the starting nine and is now a staple at the top of the Bombers' lineup.
He leads all AL hitters with a .336 average and his .906 OPS is ninth in the AL as well. He's been a multi-hit machine for the Yankees. He's also currently on an incredible hot streak, hitting .402 in his last 20 games while reaching base safely in 18 of his last 25 plate appearances.
He's been a valuable chess piece for manager Aaron Boone as well, playing all over the infield.
The rest of the American and National League rosters will be announced on June 30th.