KANSAS CITY -- The first American League All-Star ballot update was released on Tuesday, and the Rays need help to get a candidate among the leaders.However, the Rays have several players off to good starts this season and worthy of fan votes, including Evan Longoria, Steven Souza Jr. and Logan
KANSAS CITY -- The first American League All-Star ballot update was released on Tuesday, and the Rays need help to get a candidate among the leaders.
However, the Rays have several players off to good starts this season and worthy of fan votes, including Evan Longoria, Steven Souza Jr. and Logan Forsythe. Brandon Guyer and Steve Pearce are also considerations, even though they aren't listed on the ballot.
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Only the top five vote-getters at each position (and top 15 outfielders) were released.
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Longoria and Souza have both hit the long ball this season. Both entered Tuesday night's game with nine home runs.
Forsythe, who is on the ballot at second base, is currently on the disabled list with a left scapula hairline fracture. He is hitting .308 with four home runs and 12 RBIs.
Guyer and Pearce are long shots because they aren't listed on the ballot, but Rays fans can write them in based on their contributions this season.
Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.