MLB All-Star voting update: Where Cubs players stand as Phase 1 comes to a close
Major League Baseball released the All-Star voting update Monday afternoon and at least one Cubs player is in prime position to land a spot in the starting lineup in Los Angeles next month.
Willson Contreras leads all National League catchers with 1,372,780 votes which is nearly 500,000 more than the runner-up (Atlanta’s Travis d’Arnaud).
Patrick Wisdom (110,400 votes) sits 8th among NL third basemen, though he is pretty far off the pace of San Diego’s Manny Machado (1,563,188) and St. Louis’ Nolan Arenado (977,485).
Nico Hoerner had a hot weekend in St. Louis but he trails 9 other NL shortstops, including the leading vote-getters Trea Turner and Dansby Swanson.
Ian Happ moved up a couple of spots in the NL outfield picture and currently sits 15th with 330,325 votes. Mookie Betts and Ronald Acuña Jr. lead the way among outfielders with more than 2,000,000 votes each.
The Cubs do not have a player in the Top 10 in voting at first base, second base or designated hitter.
Phase 1 of voting ends at 1 p.m. CT on Thursday, June 30. On that day, the top two vote-getters at each position (and the top six outfielders) will be announced on MLB Network and advance to Phase 2.
The All-Star starters will be revealed on Friday, July 8 with the full rosters coming two days later on July 10.
Contreras was the starting backstop in the Midsummer Classic in both 2018 and 2019. He currently sits 7th among all NL players with a .383 on-base percentage and 9th with an .877 OPS.
Happ is 3rd among NL outfielders with an .835 OPS while pacing the position with a .279 average and .376 OBP.
On the pitching side, Cubs closer David Robertson might also be in the mix to make the All-Star team as he is 2-0 with a 1.86 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 9 saves.
Fans can vote here for the 2022 All-Star ballot.