Voting is now open for the 2024 All-Star Game; but which Blue Jays deserve a vote?

Apr 25, 2024; Kansas City, Missouri, USA;  Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Jose Berrios (17) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 25, 2024; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Jose Berrios (17) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter Aiken-USA TODAY Sports / Peter Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

All-Star season is officially here, as Major League Baseball has opened the voting for Phase 1 up to the fans. You can vote up to five times a day up until 12:00pm ET on June 27.

Last year, the Toronto Blue Jays were represented by a total of five players: Kevin Gausman, Jordan Romano (added as an injury substitute), Whit Merrifield, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette. With the way the club has played so far in 2024, it's not looking like five players are going to make it in again.

In general, voting for the All-Star Game is always bound to leave some people upset. After all, it's got next to nothing to do with performance. Fans select the vast majority of the participants in the yearly event, so there's always multiple cases of players who statistically deserved to be there but missed out on the votes. Again, the Blue Jays likely won't have to worry about that this year, as the product on the field is not instilling a whole lot of confidence in followers of the organization.

That being said, however, there are a few players on this team that truly do deserve to be there. There are also a few who have strong cases but will need one heck of a backing to make it in. Let's break down the candidates and see who could represent the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2024 All-Star Game.

Which Blue Jays deserve to make the 2024 MLB All-Star Game?

The locks

Jose Berrios

Only two players absolutely need to be there to represent the club at this very moment. Jose Berrios has continued his epic turnaround that he started last year and is easily the best pitcher on this staff.

Berrios, 30, is 5-4 with a 2.78 ERA and 139 ERA+ through 74.1 innings of work. The right-hander isn't striking batters out as frequently as he has throughout his career, but he's brought his home run rate and hits-per-nine down as well. Kevin Gausman was supposed to be the leader of this rotation, but Berrios has stepped up and consistently filled that role. He needs to be there, but that will be up to his peers, as fans can only vote for position players. Should he make it, it'll be the third All-Star appearance he's had in his nine-year career.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Vladdy is not hitting for a whole lot of power this year, but he's been one of the most productive first (and apparently third) basemen in the game. Blue Jays fans tend to turn on Guerrero every time he fails to hit a home run, but the fact of the matter is that he's one of the best first basemen in the league.

Entering the day, Guerrero leads all AL first basemen (with a minimum of 100 plate appearances) in wRC+, batting average, on-base percentage, hits and walks. He's been a beast and there are few, if any, at the position that are more deserving than him.

Still building a case

Yusei Kikuchi

Kikuchi started off the year on the right foot, posting a 2.94 ERA through six starts in the first month of the season. He was striking out nearly 10 batters per nine innings and, like Berrios, looked to be branching off of his strong performance last year with another solid showing this year.

However, he's regressed a bit and could be losing his momentum that he was building towards a spot on an All-Star roster. In his last three starts, Kikuchi has posted a 7.53 ERA and allowed an opponent's batting average of .361. If he continues on the downward trend, it's not likely he gets voted in by his peers, but it's not too late to turn things around.

Davis Schneider

Easily the most popular player on the Blue Jays, Schneider has built off of an epic rookie (half) season last year. The 25-year-old utilityman has an .800 OPS and 130 OPS+ along with seven home runs and 30 RBI through 53 games this year, while playing respectable defense at both second base and left field.

Schneider has been one of the most productive hitters on the Blue Jays and ranks amongst the top of the American League in stats for left fielders. Again, if we're looking at popularity alone, Schneider has a legitimate shot at making it. It certainly helps his case that he's also swinging one hell of a bat this year.

Daulton Varsho

It took a little bit, but Varsho is turning things around for the Blue Jays and is comfortably above-average at the plate in 2024. The 27-year-old has continued to play otherworldly defense and recently earned some pretty astounding praise from John Schneider, who called Varsho the best outfielder in baseball.

Varsho has found his power stroke, too, as he leads the Jays with 10 home runs. His .531 SLG leads AL left fielders with at least 100 plate appearances (by a wide margin) and he will earn his fair share of votes for his hustle and go-getter attitude. He's gradually helped fans forget about the loss of Gabriel Moreno and if he keeps performing the way he has through the first few months of this season, an appearance in the All-Star Game is not out of the question by any means.