Jesse Winker and Nick Castellanos are both among the league leaders in multiple offensive categories. They rank 1st and 2nd in the National League in OPS and only Fernando Tatis Jr. is within 50 points of either of them. And today it was revealed that the two of them are also among the leading vote getters in the National League All-Star balloting.
In the first release of the voting Jesse Winker and Nick Castellanos would be joined by Atlanta Braves star Ronald Acuña Jr. in the outfield as the starting three if the voting were to end today. Of course, the voting doesn’t end today and we’re still a month away from the actual All-Star game at Coors Field in Denver, but so far the fans are doing their job well – at least when it comes to the outfield.
This year, MLB is doing something incredibly stupid (you’re shocked, I know). Instead of all of the votes counting up to the naming of the team, they are having “voting phases” that cut down the number of players you can vote for in each phase at each position, with the vote totals starting over from scratch at each phases beginning. All-Star voting is kind of stupid, anyways, in that markets can dictate popularity and that the best players don’t always get voted in as a result….. but that’s a longer story for a different day.
As things sit today, Nick Castellanos leads the National League in batting average with a .361 mark, doubles with 23, and total bases with 148. He’s also 3rd in the league with a .416 on-base percetnage, 3rd in slugging at .635, and he’s 4th in runs scored. . Jesse Winker only leads the league in one category, but it’s a pretty important one as his 1.056 OPS is tops in the league. He’s also hitting .344/.418/.638 – all three categories where he ranks 2nd in the league. He’s also second in the league in runs scored, and total bases, while ranking 3rd with 17 home runs.
No other Cincinnati Reds players are currently listed as being in the top five at their position in the vote totals.