From the offices of Major League Baseball
First baseman Carlos Santana of the host Cleveland Indians, and catcher Robinson Chirinos of the Houston Astros have moved into the top three spots at their positions "The Primary" All-Star fan voting, putting them in position to make the final vote.
“The Primary” voting period ends on Friday, June 21st at 4:00 p.m. (ET).
In a bid for his first All-Star selection, Santana (560,836) is closely followed for third place among AL first basemen by two-time All-Star José Abreu of the Chicago White Sox (517,473), who was among the leaders at the position last week. Santana is joined at first base by fellow first-time All-Star hopefuls Luke Voit of the New York Yankees (696,164) and C.J. Cron of the Minnesota Twins (586,303).
Behind the plate, Chirinos (487,868) holds a slim lead over Jason Castro (444,533) after overtaking the Twins backstop for third place at the position this week. Chirinos, vying for his first All-Star selection, is joined by 2017 All-Star Gary Sánchez of the Yankees (1,357,340) and James McCann of the Chicago White Sox (580,394).
A close race has emerged at shortstop in the AL with a pair of potential first-time All-Stars battling for the third position. Tim Anderson of the White Sox (510,337) is right behind Gleyber Torres of the Yankees (565,728) for the No. 3 spot. Torres is joined among the AL shortstop leaders by Minnesota’s Jorge Polanco (818,082) and Houston’s Carlos Correa (656,995).
Other highlights of the AL ballot include:
• Houston’s Michael Brantley (924,173) has moved ahead of Tampa Bay’s Austin Meadows (887,946) into third place among AL outfielders, trailing only overall AL leader Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels (1,904,273) and Astros teammate George Springer (1,495,817). All four players remain on pace to advance to the Starters Election along with fellow AL outfielders Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox (777,642), Eddie Rosario of the Twins (687,515), Aaron Judge of the Yankees (577,640), Joey Gallo of the Texas Rangers (537,934) and Houston’s Josh Reddick (511,903). Twins teammates Max Kepler (435,789) and Byron Buxton (418,287) remain in contention as they try to move into the top nine at outfield in the final days of voting during “The Primary.”
• At third base, the fourth-ranked Rafael Devers of the Red Sox (335,635) is trying to chase down Hunter Dozier of the Kansas City Royals (424,028) and Gio Urshela of the Yankees (502,614) behind positional leader Alex Bregman of the Astros (1,322,935).
• At second base, Tommy La Stella of the Angels (1,020,912), Jose Altuve of the Astros (923,117) and DJ LeMahieu of the Yankees (739,074) remain on pace to advance, outdrawing Minnesota’s Jonathan Schoop (362,504) and Kansas City’s Whit Merrifield (247,903).
• At designated hitter, Boston’s J.D. Martinez (893,689), Hunter Pence of the Rangers (602,766) and Minnesota’s Nelson Cruz (506,211) continue to lead with Shohei Ohtani of the Angels (362,947) and Aledmys Díaz of the Astros (353,015) within striking distance.