Baez, Contreras Among NL Leaders In All-Star Voting

Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant are each in second place.

June 11, 2019 - 11:59 am

(670 The Score) Cubs shortstop Javier Baez and catcher Willson Contreras lead the All-Star voting race at their respective positions in the initial return of ballots in the National League.

Elsewhere, first baseman Anthony Rizzo and third baseman Kris Bryant are second, while Albert Almora Jr. (fifth), Jason Heyward (seventh) and Kyle Schwarber (eighth) are in the NL outfield mix.

The format for choosing All-Star starters has changed this season, as fans are currently in the primary round of voting, which runs through June 21. The top three vote-getters at each position -- the top nine among outfielders -- then advance to what MLB has termed "Election Day," in which fans will vote on June 26-27 for the All-Star starters.

Baez has garnered 861,496 votes, far outpacing Dansby Swanson of the Braves (286,802). Contreras also has a big lead with 850,613 votes, ahead of second-place Brian McCann of the Braves (269,963).

Bryant has 404,855 votes, trailing Nolan Arenado of the Rockies (783,684). Rizzo has 461,210 votes, trailing Josh Bell of the Pirates (621,915).

Rizzo is a three-time All-Star, and Bryant is a two-time All-Star. Baez, Contreras and Heyward have each made it once.

Almora has 294,445 votes, while Heyward has drawn 270,745 votes and Schwarber has garnered 252,557. Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger leads the entire NL with nearly 1.2 million votes.

The All-Star Game will be played in Cleveland on July 9.