Mike Moustakas has won the Final Vote and will be one of seven Royals named to the All-Star team to be held July 14 in Cincinnati. Moustakas was one of five candidates to be voted on by fans for the final spot on the 34-man American League roster. Trailing Moustakas in final voting were Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, Tigers outfielder Yoenes Cespedes, Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts, and Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner. Gardner was already named as an injury replacement for Alex Gordon earlier this week.
Moustakas will be a first-time All-Star. He is in the midst of a career season, hitting .301/.357/.436 with 7 HR 31 RBI. He is tied for the lead in batting average among American League third basemen and is third in on-base percentage. He is third among league third basemen in rWAR with 2.6.
Moustakas joins Lorenzo Cain, Salvador Perez, Alcides Escobar, Alex Gordon, Wade Davis, and Kelvin Herrera on the American League All-Star team, managed by Ned Yost. St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez won the National League Final Vote, over Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto, Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia, and Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitski.
The All-Star Game will air on FOX next Tuesday.