Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart is enjoying the best season of his career and he now sits atop the balloting to start in the All-Star Game after Major League Baseball announced its latest National League tabulations on Monday.
Cozart moved ahead of Los Angeles’ Corey Seager in the battle for the starting shortstop gig. Cozart sits at 997,966 votes while Seager has received 804,788.
Cozart, who has never been an All-Star, ranks fifth in the NL in batting at .329 entering Monday. He has nine homers and 30 RBIs to go with a stellar .580 slugging percentage.
Seager is batting .279 with nine homers and 31 RBIs but is slugging just .473.
Leading vote-getter Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals became the first player to reach two million votes and has 2,132,795 overall. He leads the outfielders and is followed by Charlie Blackmon (1,588,498) of the Colorado Rockies and Jason Heyward (737,147) of the Chicago Cubs.
Buster Posey (1,357,467) of the San Francisco Giants leads all catchers. Other position leaders are first baseman Ryan Zimmerman (1,060,532) of the Nationals, second baseman Daniel Murphy (1,745,231) of the Nationals and third baseman Kris Bryant (1,248,348) of the Cubs.
The American League balloting update will be announced Tuesday.