The first voting results of All-Star voting have been released and Salvador Perez leads all American League catchers in voting with 420,268 votes, over 80,000 votes more than the second-place catcher, Baltimore’s Welington Castillo. Salvador Perez is a four-time All-Star, having started the last three contests. He hit a two-run home run in last year's game in San Diego. Perez is currently fourth in OPS among AL catchers with at least 100 plate appearances.
Eric Hosmer is fourth in voting at first base, almost 111,000 votes behind the leader, Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers. Yonder Alonso of the Athletics and Carlos Santana of the Indians are also ahead of him. Hosmer was named to his first All-Star game last year as a starter and was named MVP of the game with a home run and RBI single.
No other Royals are in the top five of voting at their position, and no outfielders are in the top fifteen. Mike Moustakas is perhaps the next best shot at getting into the All-Star Game, as he is currently fourth among AL third baseman in OPS behind Miguel Sano, Joey Gallo, and Jose Ramirez. Lorenzo Cain is ninth among outfielders in WAR.
National League vote-leaders were announced yesterday.
You can vote for Royals starters online here, five times per day, up to 35 times for the summer. Voting ends June 29. The 2017 MLB All-Star Game will be held July 11 in Marlins Park in Miami.