Major League Baseball released the first numbers of All-Star game voting. San Diego Padres players are absent.
In a not so surprising announcement, no position players of the San Diego Padres appear on the first release of All-Star voting numbers.
Major League Baseball released the first update of numbers, with Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman leading the National League with 633,342 votes. The next highest vote-getter is more than 100,000 votes behind, Colorado Rockies third baseman, Nolan Arenado.
Here are the complete early results, including the top five players at each position and top 15 outfielders.
Individually, the San Diego Padres lack a stand-out offensive performer this season. Freddy Galvis has a sub-.300 on-base percentage, Jose Pirela has yet to hit his first home run, and Manuel Margot is showing improvement but still hitting just .217.
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Franchy Cordero opened a lot of eyes across the league with his mammoth home runs after earning an early-season call-up. Unfortunately, he joined the ranks of Wil Myers, Austin Hedges, and Hunter Renfroe by falling to the injury bug.
That doesn’t leave a lot of Friars healthy and deserving of an All-Star nod. However, Christian Villanueva leads all third basemen in home runs (15) and Eric Hosmer has been on a tear over the last two-plus weeks, hitting .368 over his last 15 games. Neither finds themselves close to the top of their respective leaderboards.
After spending nearly a decade in the minor leagues, Villanueva is getting his first chance to show what he can do as a full-time major leaguer. Despite his off-and-on defense and inability to hit for a high average, Villanueva has already broken one MLB record with his power stroke. Earlier this season, he became the MLB leader in home runs for a Mexican-born rookie.
It appears as if for the second-straight season, the Padres will have just one representative in the Mid-Summer Classic, closing pitcher Brad Hand.
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