Ronald Acuña Jr. and Shohei Ohtani. Two of the brightest stars in baseball today, and if Phase 1 of All-Star Game voting ended today, they would be in their league’s starting lineup on July 11 in Seattle.
That’s because Acuña (1,086,537 votes) and Ohtani (924,182) stand as the leading vote-getters in the National League and American League, respectively, in our first update of the 2023 Scott MLB All-Star Ballot. However, much can change between now and the end of Phase 1 at noon ET on Thursday, June 22. During this period, you can vote as many as five times per every 24-hour period exclusively at MLB.com, on all 30 MLB club sites and on the MLB app.
Your votes will help decide who will start the 2023 MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard. The leading vote-getter in each league will receive an automatic spot in their team’s starting lineup. Beyond those two players, the top two vote-getters at every position, and the top six outfielders, will advance to Phase 2 of the voting, which begins June 26. If an outfielder is a league's leading vote-getter, only the next four outfield finalists will move on to Phase 2 to determine who starts at the two remaining spots.
Below you can find the vote tallies thus far as well as the tight races that have taken shape at AL first base (Vladimir Guerrero Jr. leading Yandy Díaz), AL third base (Matt Chapman leading Josh Jung), NL designated hitter (J.D. Martinez leading Bryce Harper) and a three-way battle at NL third base (Nolan Arenado leading Austin Riley and Max Muncy).
Here's a look at the current All-Star voting returns, position by position, for the AL and NL.
Vlad Jr. has put forth a good case to make his third consecutive All-Star start. But he is locked in a close race with Díaz, who has been the most productive hitter on the best team in baseball and is looking to make his first All-Star Game. Rizzo, the elder statesman of this quintet, is trying to nab his fourth All-Star selection and his first since 2016.
Improved plate discipline and more impactful contact are two reasons why Semien is surging in his second season with the AL West-leading Rangers. They are being chased by the Astros, and no Astro has received more All-Star nods than Altuve’s eight.
Here is the closest competition on the ballot right now. Only 1% of the vote separates Chapman, in search of his second All-Star selection, and the rookie Jung. A Ranger hasn’t started the Midsummer Classic since 2012, and the franchise hasn’t had a rookie earn the honor in more than 60 years. Devers has been an All-Star in each of the past two seasons.
Will Bichette or Franco become their respective club’s first All-Star starter at shortstop? That’s one of the bigger storylines on this year’s ballot, and both young stars have put up numbers that make them deserving candidates. Seager, looking for his fourth All-Star selection, has been a top-15 hitter in the AL by wRC+ since returning from injury on May 17.
1. Aaron Judge, Yankees: 844,965 votes
2. Mike Trout, Angels: 598,918
3. Yordan Alvarez, Astros: 571,986
4. Randy Arozarena, Rays: 532,489
5. Kevin Kiermaier, Blue Jays: 322,341
6. Adolis García, Rangers: 300,968
7. George Springer, Blue Jays: 275,512
8. Masataka Yoshida, Red Sox: 268,969
9. Julio Rodríguez, Mariners: 221,092
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The top three vote-getters here would make for one heck of a starting outfield, but Judge and Alvarez are currently on the injured list, making their ASG status a little murky. Among active players, only Miguel Cabrera has more All-Star selections than Trout, who is aiming for his 11th nod and seventh start. Cuban outfielders García and Arozarena have helped lead lineups that rank 1-2 in the Majors in runs. Both are angling for their first Midsummer Classic start.
In his first full season, Rutschman paces AL backstops in OPS and has produced more walks than strikeouts. Meanwhile, Heim is on track to set myriad career highs during his age-28 breakout campaign. Both players are in front of Perez, a veteran of seven All-Star games.
The AL’s leading vote-getter also has the biggest voting edge of any player in either league. Ohtani has captured 44% of the vote here while Belt is at 10%. The two-way star is rolling toward his third consecutive All-Star appearance. The only question is whether Ohtani will hit and pitch in the game like he did in historic fashion two years ago.
The top four players here are the same four at the top of the NL in total bases among first basemen. Freeman and Goldschmidt have 13 All-Star selections between them, and one of them has started at first for the NL in each of the past four games. Alonso leads the Majors with 22 homers but is expected to miss the next few weeks due to a wrist injury.
Arenado (20%), Riley (18%) and Muncy (17%) are tightly packed together in the voting. Arenado has been named to each of the previous seven All-Star Games and has started four of the past five. Riley (2022) and Muncy (2021) each have one start under their belt. However, they all lag behind Davis in batting average, OPS and wRC+.
Arcia, in his eighth MLB season, is in the midst of a career year for the NL’s top team. He has never made an All-Star squad and is being chased by a pair of shortstops who have four selections each. Meanwhile, McLain has arguably been the best hitter at the position since making his big league debut on May 15.
1. Ronald Acuña Jr., Braves: 1,086,537 votes
2. Mookie Betts, Dodgers: 676,491
3. Lourdes Gurriel Jr., D-backs: 367,348
4. Juan Soto, Padres: 339,009
5. Corbin Carroll, D-backs: 232,565
6. Fernando Tatis Jr., Padres: 207,474
7. Michael Harris II, Braves: 192,261
8. Cody Bellinger, Cubs: 187,828
9. Nick Castellanos, Phillies: 186,503
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Acuña Jr. is on pace for an amazing 30-homer, 70-steal campaign and is in good shape to start the All-Star Game for a third time. Aside from established and deserving names such as Betts and Soto, you have two D-backs who would be ASG newcomers. Gurriel and Carroll are among the top 10 players in wOBA since the start of May.
The neck-and-neck battle at the bottom of this top five is pretty fun, but the top choices here are evident. And you really can’t go wrong with either Murphy or Smith as they are the top two catchers in wRC+ by a decent margin. Both of them are still waiting to receive their first call to the All-Star Game.
Martinez’s resurgent season has him on the path to his sixth Midsummer Classic nod. Harper’s surface-level power numbers are down from years past, but he is near the top of the scale in expected wOBA and expected slugging. Conversely, Soler is coming off of a homer-happy May and ranks among the MLB leaders in dingers.