Prince Fielder is going to start the All-Star Game.

Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander, two of the biggest stars in the game, have to go, too.

So it's certainly a stretch to think the Tigers — at 37-39 and treading water in the watered-down American League Central — could have a fourth All-Star in Kansas City, Mo., next month.

But they should.

It should be Austin Jackson.

The Tigers center fielder looks like a new player these days, one year removed from the Hitchcock show that was last season, when he swung the bat with all the confidence of a third-stringer for the American Legion T-ball team.

And really, he is a new player — reinvented this winter, with the help of hitting coach Lloyd McClendon, who, despite all the hostility he receives from Tigers fans, got Jackson to start quieting that previously high leg kick.

The results this season have been as impressive as last year's were maddening.

Come 1 p.m. Sunday, when TBS airs the 2012 All-Star Selection Show, Jackson will find out if he's done enough to earn the one-time "can't miss" Yankees prospect — who spent 2011 missing and missing and missing — his first All-Star appearance.