MIAMI -- The third National League voting update for the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot was released Monday, and Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna has made one of the biggest jumps.Ozuna, who checked in at eighth a week ago, leapfrogged Chicago's Kyle Schwarber and teammate Giancarlo Stanton to move into sixth
MIAMI -- The third National League voting update for the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot was released Monday, and Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna has made one of the biggest jumps.
Ozuna, who checked in at eighth a week ago, leapfrogged Chicago's Kyle Schwarber and teammate Giancarlo Stanton to move into sixth among NL outfielders with 613,356 votes. The 26-year-old is in the midst of a huge season, ranking in the top 10 in average (.324), home runs (15) and RBIs (43) in the NL.
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Ozuna will need help, however, if he has hopes of catching and surpassing the Cubs' Jason Heyward (737,147 votes), who is in line for the final outfielder spot. Chicago's Benjamin Zobrist (678,795) and Atlanta's Matt Kemp (641,728) are wedged between Ozuna and Heyward as well.
Stanton may not have climbed up any spots, but he trails his teammate by only about 10,000 votes and sits in seventh place at 603,290 votes. The three-time All-Star (2012, '14-15) has heated up at the plate of late and has a .286/.366/.564 slash line to go along with 16 homers.
Two deserving Marlins not in the top five of their respective positions are catcher J.T. Realmuto and first baseman Justin Bour. Realmuto's .294 average, 27 runs and 58 hits trail only San Francisco's Buster Posey, the leading candidate to start behind the plate.
Though first base has several players having monster seasons like leader Ryan Zimmerman, Joey Votto and Paul Goldschmidt, Bour is making his case as well. The 29-year-old ranks in the top five in average (.295), home runs (16) and RBIs (40) among NL first basemen.
Fans may cast votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, June 29, at 11:59 p.m. ET. On smartphones and tablets, fans can also access the ballot via the MLB.com At Bat and MLB.com Ballpark mobile apps. Vote up to five times in any 24-hour period for a maximum of 35 ballots cast.
Following the announcement of the 2017 All-Star starters, reserves and pitchers, fans should return to MLB.com and cast their 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player on each league's All-Star roster. Then on Tuesday, July 11, while watching the 2017 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard live on FOX, fans may visit MLB.com to submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2017 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.
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Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami.