The Yankees’ place in the standings right now isn’t surprising, but the way they’ve gotten there is. Likewise, that the Yankees have plenty of potential All-Stars also isn’t a shock, but the identities of some of those in All-Star contention would blindside anyone who has lived under a rock for the past two months.
Today, MLB released its first look at All-Star voting totals. Mike Trout leads all vote-getters in the American League, while the Yankees have quite a few players that could end up making the trip to Cleveland in July.
Gary Sanchez leads all AL catchers, more than doubling the second-place James McCann in votes so far. Sanchez is also the top vote-getter on the Yankees at the moment. This is all to be expected, given Sanchez is second in the AL in home runs, and owns the best wRC+ among catchers with at least 150 plate appearances.
Luke Voit stands as the only other Yankee to pace the voting at his position, as Voit currently holds a 90,000-vote advantage on the Twins’ C.J. Cron. There are a few other AL first basemen having strong seasons, such as Cron, Edwin Encarnacion, and Carlos Santana, so Voit may have to keep mashing to maintain his lead.
The biggest shocker for the Yankees must be Gio Urshela, who trails only Houston’s Alex Bregman among third basemen. Bregman owns more than twice as many votes as Urshela, but that Urshela ranks that highly at all is an accomplishment in its own right.
DJ LeMahieu sits third among AL second basemen, and also ranks third among Yankee vote-getters to this point. He trails Jose Altuve, and the leader Tommy La Stella, who has put forth a monster campaign supporting Trout in the Angels’ lineup.
Also among the vote-getters for outfield and designated hitter, respectively, are Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, despite the fact that neither has played in weeks. As superstar faces of MLB’s most prestigious franchise, the likes of Judge and Stanton will receive votes regardless of whether they actually play all that much on the field.
The actual All-Star Game is still a month away, so be sure to keep on supporting those Yankees in the hunt. We’ll have more updates on the voting as the process progresses.