If MLB All-Star voting ended today, the Philadelphia Phillies would have zero starting position players in the midsummer classic.
Baseball released the first update on All-Star voting, and no Phillies position players currently lead at their respective positions:
AL and NL All-Star vote leaders … pic.twitter.com/o4mIy9uKaJ— Ryan Fagan (@ryanfagan) June 14, 2021
It gets even worse, Bryce Harper appears to be the only Phillie on track to make it to Phase 2 of All-Star voting. Harper has missed some time, but is slashing .272/.389/.475 in 45 games and is currently seventh among National League outfielders. If things hold, Harper, a six-time All-Star, will advance to the second round of voting, as the top nine outfielders move on.
At all other positions, you need to be in the top three at your position to advance to the second round, and the Phillies don’t currently have anyone tracking in that direction. In fact, the Phillies don’t have any players in the top five at their respective positions.
Jean Segura did have an injured list stint with a strained right quad, but he’s also batting .339 with a 1.5 fWAR and three defensive runs saved, so it’s surprising not to at least see him in the top five. Nonetheless, the two-time All-Star doesn’t currently crack the top five second basemen in the National League in terms of voting, as Ozzie Albies, Adam Frazier, Gavin Lux, Nico Hoerner and Jake Cronenworth are all ahead of Segura.
J.T. Realmuto – who has appeared in the last two MLB All-Star Games – also isn’t currently in the top five. Realmuto did have a stint on the injured list with a bone bruise on his left hand, but the 30-year-old has still played in 47 games, two more than Buster Posey, who is currently on track to be the starting catcher. Realmuto has been excellent when he’s played, as he’s slashing .295/.406/.483 with a 2.1 fWAR. Still, Realmuto trails Posey, Yadier Molina, Willson Contreras, Will Smith and William Contreras.
Zack Wheeler is all-but certain to be an All-Star for the first time, as he currently leads the National League with 90 1/3 innings, and trails only Jacob deGrom in terms of fWAR leaders among all pitchers in the sport. If deGrom slips up in any way – which feels especially unlikely – Wheeler could become a candidate to start the game for the National League.
If Harper isn’t ultimately elected, though, Wheeler may end up being the Phillies lone All-Star representative. 2013 was the last time that the Phillies had multiple All-Stars.
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