Vote Leaders: Mike Trout, Angels (1,190,676 votes); Adam Jones, Orioles (1,181,875); Torii Hunter, Tigers (761,937)
Among AL outfielders, Trout and Jones are Nos. 1 and 2 in extra-base hits and both are also in the top five in steals (12 for Trout, nine for Jones). Meanwhile, almost all of Hunter's value with the stick comes from his .316 average (second among AL OF), but he's still a quality defender in his own right.
Closest Vote-Getters: Nelson Cruz, Rangers (712,320); Jose Bautista, Blue Jays (653,475); Nick Markakis, Orioles (595,698)
Cruz leads his AL outfield brethren in both homers (13) and RBI (39); Bautista is third in OPS (.896); and Markakis has been his usual good-not-great self (.305/.355/.445).
Deserves More Votes: Alex Gordon, Royals (522,483); Alex Rios, White Sox; Coco Crisp, Athletics; Nate McLouth, Orioles; Daniel Nava, Red Sox
Really, any one of these guys is worthy of some more fan love—even Nava, who's not your typical All-Star profile but is having a great all-around year out of nowhere.
Starters Will Be: Trout and Jones are in great shape to lock up two of the three spots, but that third one will go down to the wire. Look for Cruz or Bautista to overtake Hunter.
Vote Leaders: Justin Upton, Braves (1,184,249); Bryce Harper, Nationals (1,182,532); Ryan Braun, Brewers (945,665)
Voters are remembering Upton and Harper's hot starts, but the former has been pretty bad since his 12-homer April (.224/.339/.327) and the latter is on the shelf with a knee injury. Braun, on the other hand, has been very good but is also getting some support from his past two seasons.
Closest Vote-Getters: Carlos Beltran, Cardinals (847,924); Shin-Soo Choo, Reds (743,755); Hunter Pence, Giants (624,972)
Beltran (.308-13-37), Choo (.438 OBP) and Pence (9 HR, 9 SB) each get it done a different way, but all three are, in fact, getting it done.
Deserves More Votes: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates (576,201); Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies (482,719); Carlos Gomez, Brewers (472,272); Domonic Brown, Phillies; Dexter Fowler, Rockies
Wow, that's a lot of talent left without a starting spot. The list includes the NL extra-base hit leader (Gonzalez with 30) and the NL home run leader (the red-hot Brown with 17). And there's the all-around goodness of McCutchen (36 R, 7 HR, 14 SB), Gomez (.323 BA, 10 HR, 11 SB) and Fowler (.286 BA, 10 HR, 10 SB).
Starters Will Be: It feels odd to put Upton and Harper here, but they've got the pole position out of the gate, which makes them tough to catch. Braun, meanwhile, is 100,000 votes up on Beltran and has two MVP-caliber campaigns in his pocket to help him keep his distance. If we're going to see any major shakeups at a position, though, this could be the one, given all the big performances.