Major League Baseball released the voting totals for the All-Star game for the first time this year on Tuesday afternoon and the Cincinnati Reds didn’t exactly have a good showing. Only three players from the club even showed up in the vote totals. Matt McLain was easily the top vote getter from the organization and that’s despite the fact that he wasn’t even called up until May. Nick Senzel showed up on the third baseman’s list, and TJ Friedl was on the list for the outfielders.
Matt McLain comes in at the #4 spot on the list for shortstops, getting 200,152 votes so far. Despite missing the first six weeks of the big league season while he tore through the Triple-A International League awaiting a phone call to come up to Cincinnati, he’s among the better shortstops in the league with just under a month of playing time. It helps when you come out of the gate and hit .336/.387/.518 in the 25 games you’ve played. Those numbers get the people going.
Nick Senzel came in at the #9 spot among third basemen. He has 38,960 votes at the position. Senzel is currently on the injured list and is set to begin a rehab assignment in Triple-A with Louisville this week. He was in the lineup on Sunday for the Bats, but the game was cancelled due to rain. In 45 games this season with the Reds, Senzel has hit .258/.332/.380 with four stolen bases.
After breaking out in the second half last season, TJ Friedl has carried that forward with him in 2023. And that’s helped get him 97,704 votes for the All-Star team so far. That’s good for 20th place among National League outfielders. In his 44 games this season Friedl has hit .311/.360/.477 with six stolen bases and 16 extra-bsae hits.