In advance of the All-Star Game selections on Sunday, ESPN.com surveyed 32 of ESPN's top baseball minds to find out which American League players should start in the 81st Midsummer Classic on July 13 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. Following are our voting results and the choices at each position. (Stats are through Thursday's games.) Who do you think should start for the American League? Register your vote.
CATCHER: Joe Mauer, Twins
Mauer hasn't come close to matching his first-half power numbers from '09, but he's still the standard by which all MLB catchers are judged.
FIRST BASE: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
It's been a great year for AL first basemen, but Cabrera has stood out as arguably the game's top offensive player of the first half.
SECOND BASE: Robinson Cano, Yankees
In a lineup with Jeter, A-Rod and Teixeira, it's Cano, MLB's leading hitter, who's emerged as the Yankees' most dangerous bat.
THIRD BASE: Adrian Beltre, Red Sox
Beltre has been perhaps the best bargain pickup of the offseason, providing the Red Sox with Gold Glove defense and a sizzling bat.
SHORTSTOP: Derek Jeter, Yankees
Other AL shortstops might be pushing Jeter for the top spot, but the Yankees' captain still commands considerable respect from our voters.
OUTFIELD: Josh Hamilton, Rangers
Hamilton led all AL outfielders in our voting, and for good reason. A 23-game hit streak and a June line of .454/.482/.815 are hard to ignore.
OUTFIELD: Vernon Wells, Blue Jays
Wells struggled in June (.781 OPS), but after a few lean years of injury and ineffectiveness, he's enjoying his best season since 2006.
OUTFIELD: Carl Crawford, Rays
A free agent after this season, Crawford will command top dollar if his all-around game (hitting, speed, defense) continues at a high level.
DESIGNATED HITTER: Vladimir Guerrero, Rangers
It appeared that Guerrero's better days might be behind him, but at age 35 he's experienced a career rebirth in Texas.
STARTING PITCHER: David Price, Rays
Much has been expected of the former No. 1 overall pick, and Price is starting to deliver as the Rays' newly ordained ace.