Call to the Pen picks the 2019 All-MLB Team

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 31: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim talks with Sandy Leon #3 of the Boston Red Sox during an at bat of a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 31, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 31: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim talks with Sandy Leon #3 of the Boston Red Sox during an at bat of a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 31, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /
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2019 All-MLB Infield

Catcher: JT Realmuto – 10 votes

Others receiving votes: Mitch Garver (3), Yasmani Grandal (2), Gary Sanchez (1)

There were some stellar backstops this season. Some making their names known and others continuing their status as elite.

But not many catchers could hold a candle to the performance of Realmuto in 2019.

In his first season in Philadelphia, Realmuto compiled what might have been the best performance of any catcher in quite a few years.

His speed, power, and defense made him a versatile weapon for the Phils which lead to an all-star appearance, gold glove and a silver slugger.

Realmuto finished the year with 25 home runs, 83 RBI and a .820 OPS.

First Base: Freddie Freeman – 10 votes

Others receiving votes: Pete Alonso (3), Anthony Rizzo (1), Jose Abreu (1), Josh Bell (1)

This was a tough position this season. Alonso clubbed more home runs than anyone else. Rizzo revived his career, Abreu remained consistent while Josh Bell truly put forth a breakout season.

But Freeman has kept his production to a high level in the middle of a fresh Braves’ lineup surrounded by Ronald Acuna, Ozzie Albies and Josh Donaldson.

Freeman started his second-consecutive all-star game while continuing to produce runs. 38 home runs and 121 RBI and a .938 OPS. Hard to top that.

Second Base: DJ LeMahieu – 11 votes

Others receiving votes: Jose Altuve (2), Ozzie Albies (2), Ketel Marte (1)

This position had the highest majority as far as the infielders were concerned, and can you blame us?

LeMahieu wasn’t even supposed to play all that much this season and instead became the most important contributor to the Yankees’ roster.

A career high in home runs (26) and by a lot. Hit .327 for the season. Started the all-star game. Fourth in MVP voting. And his first silver slugger at second base.

LeMahieu went from losing his job in Colorado to becoming maybe the MVP in New York.

Shortstop: Xander Bogaerts – 7 votes

Others receiving votes: Marcus Semien (4), Francisco Lindor (3), Trevor Story (1), Tim Anderson (1)

This was a more well-rounded vote and there were some great shortstops this season. Offense is growing at this position once more and heading that charge is Bogaerts.

Another all-star appearance with 33 home runs and 117 RBI were a couple of highlights for the Red Sox shortstop. He also put together an impressive .309/.384/.555 slash line.

Those numbers led to his third silver slugger award as well. At just 26-years-old, there is plenty more to look forward to from him.

Third Base: Anthony Rendon – 10 votes

Others receiving votes: Alex Bregman (3), Nolan Arenado (2), Yoan Moncada (1)

There are many elite players at the hot corner it would seem. Arenado is the regular, Bregman is most certainly the young-gun on the rise, but this season most certainly belonged to Rendon.

If not for #Belli vs. #Yeli the MVP award may have belonged to Rendon given how well his season went.

He drove in the most runs in the league (126) and the National League in doubles with 44. Not to mention he hit 34 homers and had a strong OPS of 1.010. An all-star and a silver slugger helped to emphasize his campaign.

Also, this was his first all-star game. I’m not sure how but it is the first of many.