The latest 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot update was released Monday by Major League Baseball, and the Pirates remain without a representative among the leading position players.There were no Pirates to be found on the list of the top five vote-getters at each position or among the top 15
The latest 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot update was released Monday by Major League Baseball, and the Pirates remain without a representative among the leading position players.
There were no Pirates to be found on the list of the top five vote-getters at each position or among the top 15 in the outfield -- not even infielder Josh Harrison, who entered Monday slashing .307/.377/.468 with seven home runs. Harrison leads the team in Wins Above Replacement, according to FanGraphs, with 2.1.
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Harrison leads NL second basemen in WAR, with Nationals' Daniel Murphy coming in second at 1.9. Murphy leads the pack at second base with 1,745,231 votes. Murphy is followed by Javier Baez (1,029,025), DJ LeMahieu (287, 131) Brandon Phillips (261,704), and Kolten Wong (226,981).
The Pirates, Phillies, Brewers and Padres are the only four teams without a leader in the latest balloting update.
Harrison has consistently produced this season. The 29-year-old slashed .304/.378/.430 in April and .288/.341/.449 in May. In June, he was hitting .382/.488/.618 with a 1.105 OPS entering Monday.
Aside from Harrison, a 2014 All-Star, the Pirates' most likely candidates to appear in the MLB All-Star Game presented by MasterCard are on the mound: pitcher Ivan Nova and lefty reliever Felipe Rivero. The Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot does not include pitchers, however.
Nova is 6-4 with a 2.83 ERA in 89 innings over 13 starts for the Bucs. The veteran right-hander ranks third in the NL in innings, seventh in ERA and 10th in WAR. Rivero's 0.53 ERA is the best among NL relievers with at least 20 innings. The lefty has 37 strikeouts and only six walks in 33 2/3 innings over 33 appearances.
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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Jonathan Toye is a reporter for MLB.com based in Pittsburgh.