Marlins right fielder Brian Anderson enters the new week with an eight-game on-base streak...and a new chip on his shoulder. MLB announced its first update to the 2018 NL All-Star balloting on Monday afternoon. At least 15 outfielders are receiving more fan support than Miami’s standout rookie.
Anderson ranks among the best qualified NL players at his position regardless of which stats you prefer: Wins Above Replacement (1.5 fWAR, t-10th), batting average (.303 BA, 6th), on-base percentage (.377 OBP, 4th), weighted runs created plus (124 wRC+, t-7th) and games (65 G, t-2nd).
Fellow NL ROY contender Ronald Acuña Jr. trails Anderson in every one of the above categories by a significant margin, but still has the fifth-most votes among outfielders. Just like Acuña, Arizona’s A.J. Pollock (13th) is currently injured and questionable to return to the field at any point before the All-Star Game.
Even more egregious, J.T. Realmuto is not among the top five vote-getters at catcher thus far. He’s in the midst of a career year, if you haven’t noticed.
Major League Baseball will release subsequent updates on June 18 and June 25. Voting ends on July 5 at 11:59pm ET.