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Cozart takes #ASGWorthy leap, leads at NL SS

Harper passes 2-million mark while duels continue at first, third, outfield
June 12, 2017

Reds shortstop Zack Cozart has overtaken reigning National League Rookie of the Year Award winner Corey Seager for the top spot among shortstops in the third installment of fan-voting updates in the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot for NL starters released Monday.Cozart, who is having a career year manning the

Reds shortstop Zack Cozart has overtaken reigning National League Rookie of the Year Award winner Corey Seager for the top spot among shortstops in the third installment of fan-voting updates in the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot for NL starters released Monday.
Cozart, who is having a career year manning the middle of the Reds' infield, is one of the few NL stars moving up the voting leaderboards this week ahead of the 88th All-Star Game presented by MasterCard, scheduled for July 11 at Marlins Park in Miami.
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Here are the latest results:
CATCHER

  1. Buster Posey, Giants: 1,357,467
  2. Willson Contreras, Cubs: 740,372
  3. Yadier Molina, Cardinals: 669,641
  4. Matt Wieters, Nationals: 455,498
  5. Yasmani Grandal, Dodgers: 343,112
    The order remains the same at the catcher position, with the four-time All-Star Posey still leading the way by a large margin. The Giants backstop leads all qualified catchers in hits (66), batting average (.347), on-base percentage (.437) and slugging percentage (.521). Posey has also been remarkably patient at the plate, drawing 27 walks compared to just 18 strikeouts in 53 games, entering play this week.
    FIRST BASE
  6. Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals: 1,060,532
  7. Anthony Rizzo, Cubs: 950,851
  8. Paul Goldschmidt, D-backs: 560,456
  9. Freddie Freeman, Braves: 522,827
  10. Joey Votto, Reds: 334,802
    Zimmerman continues to hold the top spot among first baseman, and has actually extended his lead over Rizzo despite missing the past couple of games with a back injury. The Nationals first baseman is still pacing the league with a .365 batting average in what has become a bounceback campaign. Goldschmidt leapfrogged Freeman after going 8-for-18 (.444) with a homer, six RBIs and seven runs scored over the past week.
    SECOND BASE
  11. Daniel Murphy, Nationals: 1,745,231
  12. Javier Baez, Cubs: 1,029,025
  13. DJ LeMahieu, Rockies: 287,131
  14. Brandon Phillips, Braves: 261,704
  15. Kolten Wong, Cardinals: 226,981
    Murphy sits in first place among second basemen, but it's LeMahieu who has continued his ascent, nearly doubling his vote tally from a week ago. The Rockies infielder surpassed Phillips to move into third place, but it looks like it could be a two-man race from here on out; Baez, who eclipsed 1 million votes this week, appears to be the only one in the group capable of catching Murphy at this point.
    THIRD BASE
  16. Kristopher Bryant, Cubs: 1,248,348
  17. Nolan Arenado, Rockies: 951,747
  18. Justin Turner, Dodgers: 503,286
  19. Anthony Rendon, Nationals: 489,809
  20. Jake Lamb, D-backs: 387,228
    Bryant blasted two home runs and drew eight walks over the week, helping him retain the lead at the hot corner. Arenado, Turner and Rendon remain in the same order as they were in previously, but Lamb is a new addition to the top five, overtaking the Cardinals' Jedd Gyorko. Lamb clubbed two homers and drove in 11 runs in his past six games.
    SHORTSTOP
  21. Zack Cozart, Reds: 997,966
  22. Corey Seager, Dodgers: 804,788
  23. Addison Russell, Cubs: 758,037
  24. Trea Turner, Nationals: 502,988
  25. Chris Owings, D-backs: 426,590
    Cozart came back to earth in the box score over the past seven days, but still managed to pass Seager atop the shortstop leaderboard. It's the full body of work the fans are seeing (Cozart leads Seager by more than 130 points in OPS over the course of the season) and it has resulted in the Reds' breakout star nearly doubling his vote total from last week. Cozart has never made an All-Star team, but he's playing his way toward his first honor as he leads all Major League shortstops in on-base (.416) and slugging percentage (.580).
    Turner, who was in fifth place in the voting at the position last week, stole five bases in his past six games and move up one spot over Owings.
    OUTFIELD
  26. Bryce Harper, Nationals: 2,132,795
  27. Charlie Blackmon, Rockies: 1,588,498
  28. Jason Heyward, Cubs: 737,147
  29. Benjamin Zobrist, Cubs: 678,795
  30. Matt Kemp, Braves: 641,728
  31. Marcell Ozuna, Marlins: 613,356
  32. Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins 603,290
  33. Kyle Schwarber, Cubs: 599,910
  34. Yoenis Cespedes, Mets: 430,879
  35. Adam Duvall, Reds: 379,541
  36. William Fowler, Cardinals: 379,070
  37. Jayson Werth, Nationals: 360,664
  38. Jay Bruce, Mets: 322,023
  39. Yasiel Puig, Dodgers: 284,869
  40. Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies: 275,714
    The top three spots among outfielders remains the same as Harper and Blackmon have seen their vote totals soar over the past seven days. Harper is the first NL player to eclipse the 2-million-vote mark and Blackmon has more than twice the number of votes of Heyward, who still holds the third spot on the leaderboard.
    Blackmon is putting together a magnificent season for the first-place Rockies, who have proved to be for real. Colorado's center fielder hit .435 (10-for-23) with two homers, four doubles, six RBIs and 11 runs scored in his past six games as he attempts to keep pace with Harper. The Nats right fielder has not homered since May 26, but he's still first among NL outfielders with a 1.044 OPS.
    Ozuna and Duvall made the two biggest jumps on the leaderboard since last week. The Marlins center fielder passed Schwarber and his own teammate Stanton to move into sixth, while Duvall leapfrogged Fowler, Bruce and Werth, in spite of an illness that kept him out of the lineup for a couple of games over the weekend.
    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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Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter at @OMacklinMLB.