New leader at catcher, overall on AL ASG ballot

Ramos passes Sanchez behind plate; Altuve overtakes Betts in total votes

June 19th, 2018

An American League backstop battle has broken out in voting on the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot.
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The Rays' has overtaken the Yankees' for the AL's starting spot behind the plate in the latest voting update released Tuesday. Voting to decide the starters for the 89th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on July 17 at Washington's Nationals Park continues until 11:59 p.m. ET on July 5.
Though catcher is the only place where a change has taken place at the top, we also have a new top overall vote-getter, with Astros second baseman (1,572,101) holding a slight edge over Red Sox outfielder (1,568,417) among all Major Leaguers. Freddie Freeman leads the NL with 1,433,140 votes.
National League voting update
Here are the latest results in the AL:


  1. Wilson Ramos, Rays: 678,159
  2. Gary Sanchez, Yankees: 618,899
  3. , Astros: 401,336
  4. , Royals: 344,915
  5. , Indians: 200,275
    Sanchez's spot at the top with a sub-.200 batting average got a lot of attention when the first results were released last week. Ramos has a .286 average, .332 on-base percentage and .450 slugging percentage, compared to Sanchez's .194 average, .294 on-base percentage and .440 slugging percentage. Ramos has made it back into the limelight after an awful right knee injury sidelined him late during a 2016 season with the Nationals in which he made the NL All-Star squad for his first Midsummer Classic selection. The other change here is Gomes' arrival into the top five, bumping the Angels' .


  1. , White Sox: 636,666
  2. Mitch Moreland, Red Sox: 472,245
  3. Yuli Gurriel, Astros: 368,863
  4. , Angels: 336,724
  5. , Tigers: 333,130
    Cabrera's season-ending ruptured left biceps tendon caused his fall from third to fifth, and Gurriel has risen two spots in this pecking order. But it's still Abreu well out in front in a year in which he's logged a .283/.338/.500 line for the White Sox.


  1. Jose Altuve, Astros: 1,572,101
  2. , Yankees: 534,758
  3. Dee Gordon, Mariners: 244,488
  4. , Indians: 156,347
  5. , A's: 130,479
    Altuve has more than a million votes more than his next-closest competition, so we're going to go out on a limb and suggest he's in good shape to make his fourth straight start for the AL. Now the only question is whether the reigning AL MVP Award winner, who played a big part in the Astros' just-completed 10-0 road trip, can maintain his lead in the overall voting.


  1. , Indians: 893,530
  2. , Yankees: 509,188
  3. , Astros: 410,412
  4. , Rangers: 249,080
  5. Mike Moustakas, Royals: 231,363
    Ramirez, with 21 long balls, is already closing in on his homer total (29) from last year, when he finished third in the AL MVP Award voting, and he continues to run away with what would be his second straight starting assignment. The rest of the top five is unchanged from last week.


  1. Manny Machado, Orioles: 671,133
  2. , Astros: 458,367
  3. , Indians: 420,674
  4. Didi Gregorius, Yankees: 413,135
  5. , Mariners: 312,407
    Machado, who leads a deep position in OPS (.945), homers (18) and RBIs (53), continues to be at the top of the heap here, but there were changes below him. Correa, who has been productive since his return from right side discomfort, usurped the second spot from Lindor. And Segura, who has put up an .852 OPS for the surprising Mariners, entered the top five, knocking out the Angels' .


  1. Mookie Betts, Red Sox: 1,568,417
  2. , Angels: 1,323,292
  3. , Yankees: 1,061,370
  4. , Indians: 518,350
  5. , Astros: 511,815
  6. , Red Sox: 509,780
  7. , Yankees: 330,970
  8. , Astros: 300,694
  9. Mitch Haniger, Mariners: 295,057
  10. , Astros: 278,332
  11. , Tigers: 256,889
  12. , Twins: 248,451
  13. , Yankees: 239,594
  14. , Red Sox: 237,937
  15. Ben Gamel, Mariners: 151,097
    The three starting spots seem pretty well settled here, as Trout (.332/.464/.688), Betts (.340/.419/.699) and Judge (.275/.395/.558) are all having absurdly good seasons in big markets. The only changes here are Haniger's jump from 13th to ninth, Reddick's leapfrog of Castellanos, Rosario and Bradley trading spots, and Gamel bumping the Indians' from the top 15.


  1. J.D. Martinez, Red Sox: 1,119,263
  2. , Yankees: 478,872
  3. Evan Gattis, Astros: 363,362
  4. , Angels: 350,579
  5. , Indians: 260,915
    With Ohtani out with an elbow injury and Gattis continuing to assert himself as one of the most productive players in baseball over the past month, those two flipped rankings in this week's update. But the top two spots are unchanged, and Martinez is well on his way to a much-deserved first All-Star selection since 2015, and his first turn as a starter.
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