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Grandal moves up to third in catcher voting for MLB All-Star game; Moustakas, Yelich poised to make next round

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There may be three position players representing the Brewers in Cleveland.

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Major League Baseball released their latest update in the 2019 MLB All-Star voting race, the final update before primary balloting closes on Friday afternoon. The last time an update was published, the Milwaukee Brewers had two players in position to reach the next round of voting, and the most recent numbers have a third batter from the Cream City Nine now among those poised to move on to “The Starters Election.”

Outfielder Christian Yelich is still #2 in all of baseball (and NL outfielders) in voting, coming in with 2,065,382 boxes checked. A little more than 100,000 votes separate him and leading vote-getter Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers; they are the only two players with at least 2,000,000 votes so far. Mike Moustakas also continues to hold strong in second place for National League second-sackers; his 966,311 vote total trails Ozzie Albies by about 150,000, but he is comfortably ahead of the current third-place holder Ketel Marte by some 400,000 votes.

The latest Brewer to creep into the top-3 at his position is Yasmani Grandal, who has surged into third place for NL backstops. His 513,412 votes still trails Brian McCann of Atlanta by more than 200,000 and Willson Contreras of the Cubs by 1,000,000+ votes, but it is good enough to give him about a 75,000 vote lead on JT Realmuto in fourth place.

Other Brewers ranking at their respective positions include Jesus Aguilar (first base, #8), Travis Shaw (third base, #8), Orlando Arcia (shortstop, #7), Lorenzo Cain (outfield, #14), and Ryan Braun (outfield, #19).

The top 3 vote-getters at each position when polling closes on Friday will move on from the primary round to the starters election, which is a 28-hour period of voting on June 26th and 27th that will determine who the positional starters are for each side. The results will be revealed that evening on ESPN, and pitchers and backup players for the AL and NL will be announced on June 30th.

This year’s Midsummer Classis takes place on July 9th at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.