Season Stats: .274/.353/.488 (118 OPS+), 15 HR, 51 RBIs, 4.1 WAR
This would be Mike Trout’s spot had he not hurt his thumb, and the voters were right to honor the game’s greatest player. But it is surprising that Betts, a budding superstar and one of the game’s most dynamic players in a popular market, didn’t get the vote to start over Houston’s George Springer. Betts currently leads the AL in doubles (28), ranks fourth in overall WAR and third in defensive WAR (1.6) and is tied for seventh in stolen bases (15). He also leads the AL in at-bats per strikeout (10.6). This spot may have rightfully gone to Springer, but I’m giving the nod to Betts because of his defense.