The first American League All-Star ballot update was released by the MLB, and unlike the Cubs, the White Sox have a player that is the top vote getter for a position.
Jose Abreu leads all AL first baseman with 268K votes, and may be the only player the South Side sends to the All-Star game. While the Cubs had multiple players in striking distance the Sox, who are currently rebuilding, face a tougher task in the more talented AL. Which has every 40-win team in the league, as of press time.
According to MLB rules, every team must have a player represented in the All-Star game, and of the Sox regular starters Abreu is the only legitimated candidate.
Abreu has started 63 of the White Sox 64 games, and has remained consistent throughout. Abreu is second among AL first baseman in batting average, only five points behind Yuli Gurriel, and leads all AL first baseman in OPS.
Prediction: Jose Abreu will start the All-Star game. Arguably his fiercest competition is Mitch Moreland, who has about 90 less at-bats.
Other than Abreu the Sox offer third baseman Yolmer Sanchez, who has played decent this season. But his inability to put up anything besides decent numbers will make his 2018 All-Star campaign laughable when compared to the top talent the league has to offer.
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