In the first National League All-Star ballot update, Yasiel Puig found himself fifth in the outfield voting despite being near the top of the league in most statistical categories.
On the other side, Adrian Gonzalez was the leader in votes for all first basemen. The Los Angeles Dodgers had five players in the top-five of the fan voting.
Today, the new update was released and there was a major shift in the outfield. According to MLB.com, Puig finds himself as the leading vote-getter in the outfield with 935,726 votes. He ranks ahead of Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies and Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins. Puig ranks near the top of the NL in batting average, home runs, RBI, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
Gonzalez continues to lead the first base vote with 647,826 and sits ahead of Justin Morneau of the Rockies and Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves. Last year, Gonzalez was in the Final Vote for the game and lost to Freeman.
For the rest of the Dodgers, Dee Gordon remains in second place at second base behind Chase Utley of the Philadelphia Phillies. Gordon leads the entire league in stolen bases, while providing a spark at the top of the lineup.
At shortstop and third base, Hanley Ramirez and Juan Uribe rank fourth and fifth, respectively. Uribe has been out since May 21 with a hamstring injury, but was having a strong season before the injury. Ramirez has struggled this year compared to last year’s incredible numbers, but is still near the top and could jump if his bat heats up in the coming weeks.
In the outfield, Matt Kemp fell from the top 15 of voting after being benched and moved to left field. Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford, and the catching duo of Drew Butera and A.J. Ellis find themselves out of the top of voting.