2022 All-Star Ballot Phase 1 First Ranking Update

The races to determine who will advance to Phase 2 of fan voting for the 2022 MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard are beginning to take shape.

The first round of voting will determine two of the All-Star Game starters, the one with the most votes in each league, and which players will advance to the final round of fan voting for the All-Star Game, which takes place on May 19. July at Dodger Stadium.

Fans may complete a ticket for the 2022 Chevrolet MLB All-Star Game up to five times per 24-hour period until Phase 1 of voting closes at 2 p.m. club sites and on the MLB app.

The leader in winning votes in the American League and National League after Phase 1 will receive a spot in the starting lineup for their All-Star team. In addition to those two players, the top two vote earners at each position and the top six outfielders will advance to the voting finals. If an outfielder is the voting leader of a league, only the next four outfielder finishers will proceed to Phase 2 to determine who starts in the remaining two spots.

Right now, the top vote earners are the Yankees slugger aaron judge in the AL (1,512,368 votes) and star of the Dodgers mookie betting in the NL (1,446,050 votes).

Here’s a look at current All-Star returns, position by position, for the American League and National League.

FIRST BASE
1. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays: 947,045 votes
2. Ty France, Mariners: 596,030
3. Anthony Rizzo, Yankees: 445,683
4. Luis Arraez, Twins: 307,442
5. Yuli Gurriel, Astros: 204,164
Full results

The Blue Jays have someone in the top three at every position on the ballot except DH, and Vlad Jr. is the first of four Toronto players who would be in line to start the All-Star Game if voting ended today. France is seeking its first All-Star nomination, and Rizzo could make the American League team for the first time after three All-Star seasons with the Cubs.

SECOND BASE
1. Jose Altuve, Astros: 710,708
2. Santiago Espinal, Blue Jays: 522,154
3. Andrés Giménez, Guardians: 514,982
4. Gleyber Torres, Yankees: 379,095
5. Trevor Story, Red Sox: 320,262
Full results

Altuve (12 home runs, 144 PAHO+) could make his eighth All-Star team with the Astros, but Gimenez (.302 batting average, 140 OPS+) and the versatile Espinal aren’t far behind as they seek their first All-Star nods. Keep an eye out for Story in his new position with the Red Sox.

THIRD BASE
1. Rafael Devers, Red Sox: 727,669
2. José Ramírez, Guardians: 711,367
3. Matt Chapman, Blue Jays: 406,182
4. DJ LeMahieu, Yankees: 281,955
5. Alex Bregman, Astros: 245,911
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This is a close race between two of the best hitters in the American League this season, with Devers and Ramirez separated by just over 16,000 votes. Devers is batting .330 with 16 home runs and leading the majors in hits with 89. Ramirez is batting .305 with 16 home runs and an AL-leading 62 RBIs.

SHORT STOP
1. Bo Bichette, Blue Jays: 585,744
2. Tim Anderson, White Sox: 528,278
3. Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox: 525,202
4. Jeremy Pena, Astros: 271,640
5. Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Yankees: 187,755
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The AL shortstop race is wide open, with the top three separated by just 2% of the vote (Bichette has 19%, Anderson and Bogaerts have 17% each). Bichette, Anderson and Bogaerts all made the 2021 All-Star team, with Bogaerts as the starter.

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1. Aaron Judge, Yankees: 1,512,368
2. Mike Trout, Angels: 1,295,854
3. George Springer, Blue Jays: 622,063
4. Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees: 504,537
5. Taylor Ward, Angeles: 497,361
6. Byron Buxton, Twins: 403,050
7. Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Blue Jays: 381,591
8. Teoscar Hernandez, Blue Jays: 374,226
9. Michael Brantley, Astros: 287,284
10. Kyle Tucker, Astros: 251,948
Full results

It’s no surprise to see Judge and his MLB-leading 25 home runs atop the AL outfield voting: He’s the overall voting leader on the entire ballot right now, with more than 1.5 million votes. It’s also no surprise to see Trout, seeking his 10th All-Star nomination, right behind him. There are also some interesting names further down the ballot, like Trout’s breakout teammate Ward (180 OPS+) and the red-hot Buxton (19 homers), who is looking to make his first All-Star team.

RECEIVER
1. Alejandro Kirk, Blue Jays: 1,057,008
2. Jose Trevino, Yankees: 387,983
3. Salvador Perez, Royals: 266,604
4. Martin Maldonado, Astros: 231,005
5. Christian Vazquez, Red Sox: 199,010
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Kirk is a fun name to watch at the top of the AL catcher ballot, and he has 35% of the vote to Treviño’s 13%, the biggest lead of any All-Star candidate. The fan favorite also deserves his place. Kirk leads all catchers with a .307 batting average and leads AL catchers with 2.2 fWAR.

DESIGNATED HITTER
1. Yordan Alvarez, Astros: 835,669
2. Shohei Ohtani, Angels: 555,056
3. JD Martinez, Red Sox: 307,706
4. Danny Jansen, Blue Jays: 297,484
5. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: 248,312
Full results

Alvarez leads two-way star Ohtani thanks to his elite bat: The Astros’ designated hitter is hitting .311 with 18 home runs and a 1.026 OPS. Ohtani has 13 home runs, seven stolen bases and 37 RBIs, while Martinez, in third place, is batting .335 with 23 doubles. It’s also great to see Miggy’s name appear in the top five in his 20th season in the major leagues.

FIRST BASE
1. Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals: 930,441 votes
2. Pete Alonso, Mets: 602,321
3. Freddie Freeman, Dodgers: 469,197
4. Matt Olson, Braves: 403,514
5. Eric Hosmer, Padres, 147,019
Full results

Goldschmidt earned six straight All-Star selections with the D-backs between 2013 and 2018, but is still seeking his first nod as a member of the Cardinals. He’s on track to do so this year, as he leads the NL in batting average (.339) and on-base percentage (.417) and is second in the NL with a .614 slugging percentage. He’s ahead of Alonso, the NL leader in home runs (19) and the MLB leader in RBIs (64), with Freeman and Olson, the man who replaced him at first base in Atlanta, in the closely contested race to finish in the top three.

SECOND BASE
1. Jazz Chisholm Jr., Marlins: 634,762
2. Ozzie Albies, Braves: 589,804
3. Jeff McNeil, Mets: 580,257
4. Gavin Lux, Dodgers: 256,411
5. Nolan Gorman, Cardinals: 214,383
Full results

Chisholm is one of the breakout stars of 2022, producing 13 home runs, 11 steals and a 131 OPS+. He’s vying for his first career All-Star selection and has taken a slight lead in the voting over Albies, who recently broke the foot, and McNeil, who had a strong comeback for the Mets, hitting .327 with four. home runs and an OPS+ of 143.

THIRD BASE
1. Manny Machado, Parents: 969,582
2. Nolan Arenado, Cardinals: 581,363
3. Austin Riley, Braves: 557,220
4. Justin Turner, Dodgers: 254,057
5. Eduardo Escobar, Mets: 234,079
Full results

Machado and Arenado are no strangers to the All-Star Games, with 11 selections between them and Arenado starting for the National League a year ago. Machado left Sunday’s game with a sore left ankle, but appears to have avoided a major injury, which is certainly good news for the Padres. The 29-year-old hit a .328/.400/.545 cut with 12 home runs in his first 66 games. Close behind Arenado (13 homers, 141 OPS+) is Riley, who has continued last year’s streak with a terrific start to 2022 (18 homers, 127 OPS+) as he seeks his first All-Star nomination.

SHORT STOP
1. Trea Turner, Dodgers: 811,839
2. Dansby Swanson, Braves: 599,251
3. Francisco Lindor, Mets: 521,489
4. Tommy Edman, Cardinals: 277,699
5. Fernando Tatis Jr., Padres: 165,074
Full results

With Tatis, last year’s starting shortstop for the NL All-Star team, on the shelf with a fractured left wrist, we could have a first-time starter at shortstop in the NL this year. Hitting .301 with nine home runs and 14 steals in 65 games, Turner is the current leader, followed by a pair of NL East shortstops in Swanson and Lindor.

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1. Mookie Betts, Dodgers: 1,446,050
2. Ronald Acuna Jr., Braves: 1,398,563
3. Joc Pederson, Giants: 630,584
4. Starling Mars, Mets: 469,344
5. Juan Soto, Nationals: 451,079
6. Adam Duvall, Braves: 332,387
7. Mark Canha, Mets: 320,910
8. Marcell Ozuna, Braves: 303,945
9. Cody Bellinger, Dodgers: 301,121
10. Harrison Bader, Cardinals: 256,126
Full results

Betts is the NL vote-getting leader, with nearly 1.5 million votes, which would put him in line for his sixth All-Star Game in the past seven seasons. But hot on his heels is Acuña, who didn’t miss a beat after returning to the defending World Series champions in late April. Elsewhere on the ballot, Pederson is seeking his first All-Star selection since his rookie season with the Dodgers in 2015, and a pair of new NL East-leading Mets outfielders Marte and Canha, they are competing for a place.

RECEIVER
1. Willson Contreras, Cubs: 801,630
2. Travis d’Arnaud, Braves: 471,921
3. Yadier Molina, Cardinals: 454,685
4. Tyler Stephenson, Reds: 370,453
5. Will Smith, Dodgers: 323,894
Full results

Contreras leads all MLB catchers with 12 home runs, and his .917 OPS is second only to younger brother William’s .987 (William is on the All-Star ballot at DH and is second in the voting). Veteran Molina, who turns 40 just before the All-Star Game, is seeking his 11th career nomination.

DESIGNATED HITTER
1. Bryce Harper, Phillies: 1,059,433
2. William Contreras, Braves: 584,630
3. Albert Pujols, Cardinals: 344,248
4. Max Muncy, Dodgers: 189,643
5. J. D. Davis, Mets: 134,569
Full results

The reigning NL MVP leads the DH race by a wide margin and is the only NL player other than Betts and Acuña with more than 1 million votes. Harper is hitting .326 with 15 home runs and a 1.013 OPS this season. But what if Pujols could make it to one more Summer Classic as Cardenal, the team he represented in nine of his 10 All-Star Games?

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