Two Astros, Alonso take #ASGWorthy vote leads

Judge builds on powerful overall total in AL balloting

June 13th, 2017

The 88th All-Star Game presented by MasterCard is less than a month away, and the voting for the starting lineups is heating up as we inch closer to summer.

The third Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot update for the American League arrived on Tuesday, and there's intrigue behind all the numbers, with some first-place names holding their spots and others shooting up the boards.

Yankees slugger 's absurd weekend of monumental home runs only added to his league-leading vote total. But there are still more updates to go before the players take the field for the Midsummer Classic, set for Tuesday, July 11, at Marlins Park in Miami.

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Here are the latest AL results:

CATCHER

  1. , Royals: 1,025,982 votes

  2. , Astros: 791,517

  3. , Orioles: 774,614

  4. , Yankees: 710,388

  5. , Indians: 509,629

    There was only one change in the top five over the past week of voting, with McCann moving past Castillo from third into second. Otherwise, Perez maintains a healthy lead -- no surprise with his 13 home runs, 35 RBIs and .811 OPS.

    Sanchez is one to watch. He's creeping toward Castillo and has gotten hot lately, with 10 homers, 28 RBIs and an .887 OPS despite missing a good portion of the early season on the disabled list.

    FIRST BASE

  6. , A's: 651,055

  7. , Tigers: 646,598

  8. , Royals: 626,783

  9. , Indians: 558,320

  10. Yuli Gurriel, Astros: 529,887

    Alonso's breakout year is being recognized in a big way, and this week he has moved past Cabrera for the top spot. Alonso has 16 homers, 36 RBIs and a 1.056 OPS.

    Hosmer, who is batting .314, had the highest average among AL first basemen and moved past Santana into third place.

    SECOND BASE

  11. , Astros: 1,615,938

  12. , Yankees: 1,072,305

  13. , Indians: 538,061

  14. , Mariners: 343,354

  15. , Red Sox: 313,548

    Altuve is being Altuve, with a .317/.386/.504 slash line plus nine homers, 32 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. That's good enough to out-tally Castro, who is hitting .328 with 12 homers and 41 RBIs.

    Kipnis, Cano and Pedroia are maintaining their positions from last week.

    THIRD BASE

  16. , Twins: 1,010,060

  17. , Indians: 697,747

  18. Manny Machado, Orioles: 677,925

  19. Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays: 527,680

  20. , Astros: 512,734

    Sano holds on to top billing at the AL hot corner with his 15 homers, 46 RBIs and a .965 OPS. He has a nice cushion over Ramirez, who stayed in second place.

    Donaldson could be one to watch. He's healthy again after missing a month-plus, and he's starting to heat up again.

    SHORTSTOP

  21. , Astros: 1,176,486

  22. , Indians: 1,054,295

  23. Didi Gregorius, Yankees: 609,316

  24. , Red Sox: 566,520

  25. , Blue Jays: 354,732

    Correa's brilliant play of late has shown up on the stat sheet and now in the voting, as he has vaulted past Lindor, who led in the first two updates. Correa has an OPS of .873 plus 11 homers and 40 RBIs, while Lindor remains the AL leader in homers by a shortstop with 12.

    Gregorius and Bogaerts remained third and fourth, respectively, and the one change in the shortstop totals was that Tulowitzki jumped into the top five, supplanting Seattle's , who is on the disabled list with a high ankle sprain.

    DESIGNATED HITTER

  26. , Mariners: 863,549

  27. , Yankees: 689,918

  28. Corey Dickerson, Rays: 668,702

  29. , Indians: 605,454

  30. Evan Gattis, Astros: 534,983

    Cruz is playing through a right calf injury but he is still raking, with 14 homers, 50 RBIs and a .946 OPS. That kept him ahead of Holliday in the top spot.

    The only change in the top five from last week was Dickerson taking third place from Encarnacion.

    OUTFIELD

  31. Aaron Judge, Yankees: 1,893,260

  32. , Angels: 1,582,782

  33. , Astros: 804,826

  34. , Indians: 776,487

  35. , Red Sox: 714,185

  36. , White Sox: 698,876

  37. , Astros: 613,225

  38. , Yankees: 571,436

  39. , Red Sox: 551,438

  40. , Blue Jays: 518,585

  41. , Astros: 483,828

  42. , Indians: 464,582

  43. , Orioles: 438,617

  44. , Indians: 398,731

  45. , Blue Jays: 376,843

    There were lots of small changes in the top 15 for AL outfielders, but Judge remained in first place, and for good reason. The hulking young star is leading the AL in all three Triple Crown categories, with 22 homers, 50 RBIs and a .347 batting average. Judge has a 1.180 OPS and he has scored 57 runs.

    Trout, who is on the DL with a torn left thumb ligament that required surgery, was still good enough to be in second place, with his 1.203 OPS, 16 homers, 36 RBIs and 10 stolen bases intact.

    Springer and his 17 homers, 40 RBIs and .872 OPS sprung into third place from seventh in the biggest move of the week.

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