Yankees' Gary Sanchez, Luke Voit lead All-Star voting at catcher, first base
LeMahieu, Torres and Urshela rank in top three at their respective positions
The first American League balloting update for the 2019 MLB All-Star Game was released Monday and featured two Yankees leading their positions in fan voting. Gary Sanchez and Luke Voit both topped the first voting returns at catcher and first base, respectively.
Sanchez leads all AL catchers by a wide margin with 737,107 votes, as second place vote-getter James McCann of the White Sox trails by over 400,000. Sanchez is seeking his first appearance in the Midsummer Classic since 2017. The slugger currently leads all catchers with 19 home runs.
Voit is seeking his first career All-Star appearance. He has garnered 393,356 votes thus far -- over 90,000 more than second-place C.J. Cron of the Twins. Voit has gotten off to a sizzling start in his first full season with the Yankees, batting .263/.379/.500 with 15 home runs and 41 RBI.
Sanchez and Voit are not the only Yankees currently in contention for a spot in next month's All-Star Game. DJ LeMahieu (second base), Gio Urshela (third base) and Gleyber Torres (shortstop) are all currently in the top three in voting at their respective positions, which means each would move on to the second phase of voting, beginning June 26. Fans would then vote among the three finalists at each position in a second round of voting to determine who starts at each position.
LeMahieu was a two-time All-Star during his tenure with the Rockies but could very well earn his first All-Star berth in pinstripes, and his first appearance in the game since 2017. Torres was selected as an All-Star last year but as a second baseman; this would be his first trip to the Midsummer Classic as a shortstop. Urshela, like Voit, is seeking his first career selection after sliding into the Yankees' starting lineup following Miguel Andujar's season-ending injury in April.
Mike Trout currently leads all AL players with 951,002 votes. The 90th MLB All-Star Game will be played at Progressive Field in Cleveland on Tuesday, July 9.