#Cubs Bryant, Rizzo, Castro, Montero still in mix in All-Star voting
Rookie Kris Bryant was third, Starlin Castro fourth, and Anthony Rizzo and Miguel Montero both fifth at their respective positions in the latest 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, released Monday.
The Cardinals’ Matt Carpenter and the Reds’ Todd Frazier are 1-2 in the balloting for third baseman, each with more than 6 million votes, while Bryant is third with 3,559,446 votes. Promoted to the big leagues on April 17, Bryant ranks 15th in the NL with 43 RBIs (second on the team to Rizzo’s 44), and was batting .273 with 10 homers, 13 doubles and two triples. The last Cubs rookie to be named to the All-Star team was Geovany Soto in 2008.
Rizzo has received 2,564,264 votes, and trails the D-Backs’ Paul Goldschmidt, who has more than 7 million votes. The Dodgers’ Adrian Gonzalez was second among first basemen followed by the Reds’ Joey Votto and the Cardinals’ Matt Adams.
Rizzo has posted impressive numbers this season, and ranked fourth in the Major Leagues in OPS (.981) and third in the NL in on-base percentage (.413), sixth in slugging percentage (.568), and 10th in batting average (.304).
“He’s definitely that anchor in the middle of the lineup who you want to build around,” manager Joe Maddon said of Rizzo.
“To envision a lineup without him out there would be very difficult,” Maddon said. “He hits righties, hits lefties, plays a really good first base, has been a really good baserunner. He’s played a really complete game.”
Giants catcher Buster Posey has received nearly 8 million votes, while Montero, a two-time All-Star who was on the NL team last year, had 1,485,095 votes.
Castro, a three-time All-Star, had received 2,185,861 votes, and trailed the Cardinals’ Jhonny Peralta, the Giants’ Brandon Crawford and the Rockies’ Troy Tulowitzki.
The 86th All-Star Game will be played July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites — on their computers, tablets and smartphones — using the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday at 10:59 p.m. ET. For the first time, voting is exclusively online, where fans may submit up to 35 ballots.