Daniel Nava, the best player not on the All-Star ballot

We are about a week or two from considering who to vote for the All-Star teams, but one player you will have to write-in is Daniel Nava of the Boston Red Sox.

Some of you, understandably, might by saying “Who?”

Nava has not only been one of the Boston stalwarts this, but one of the best players in the AL. He is currently  leading in OBP, second in RBI, second in batting average, and fourth in OPS among all AL outfielders.

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Nine to Know

  1. Nava is hitting .299 – good for 17th in the AL, tied with Alex Gordon.
  2. Nava has played error-free baseball in his 37 games in right, 24 in left, and four at first.
  3. His 44 RBI ties him for eighth in the AL with Mark Trumbo.
  4. His .391 OBP is good for sixth in the league, right behind David Ortiz‘ .394, and just ahead of Prince Fielder‘s .388.
  5. His .870 OPS is good for 14th in the AL.
  6. His 23 RBI between the 7th and 9th innings are the most in the majors.
  7. His 14 RBI with two outs and runners in scoring position ties him for the 19th in the majors and 11th in the AL.
  8. He has 74 runs produced (R + RBI – HR), good for eighth in the AL.
  9. Nava strikes out just once every 4.7 at bats. His 45 whiffs are the same as Torii Hunter and just one more than Miguel Cabrera.

If Nava maintains this pace, he’s hitting .354 in June, in a couple of weeks I’ll tell you how to write in his name.