The Chicago White Sox are having a great season. Part of the reason is that they have multiple players worthy of an All-Star bid. Ultimately it is up to the fans to decide if any players will be representing the White Sox in the starting lineup of the mid-summer classic on July 14th.
The Chicago White Sox has plenty of deserving players for the All-Star Game.
The MLB All-Star voting looks a little different this year. Voting will be held in two phases. Phase 1 of the voting was launched on June 3rd. Fans are allowed to vote for their favorite player up to five times daily. The top three vote-getters from each position will advance to phase two.
The winner of each position in phase 2 will ultimately determine the starters in this year’s All-Star Game at Coors Field in Denver. The Chicago White Sox currently has four players in line to advance to phase 2.
Jose Abreu is currently second in the American League’s first base vote trailing only Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Abreu is looking to make his fourth All-Star team. The 2020 MVP is hitting .254 with 11 home runs, 49 RBIs, and a .790 OPS. He is leading the White Sox in home runs, RBIs, and slugging percentage. His 49 RBIs also rank fourth in the American League. Abreu has also been stellar on the defensive end as a Gold-Glove caliber first base.
Yoan Moncada is also second in his respective position group. Moncada is looking to make his first All-Star game. The switch-hitting third baseman is putting up MVP-type numbers this season. He is leading the White Sox in OBP, OPS, and doubles. On the season Moncada is hitting .280 with 32 RBIs and a .810 OPS to go along with his .402 OBP. His .402 OBP is the fifth-best in baseball. Like Abreu, he has also been stellar defensively.
Yasmani Grandal ranks second amongst American League catchers in votes to get into phase 2. Grandal is a two-time All-Star that is looking to walk his way to a third appearance. He is hitting just .149 but has an OBP of .388 thanks to a league-leading 52 walks. Grandal is also beginning to show off his power. He is starting to heat up at the plate and ranks second on the team with 10 home runs.
Tim Anderson is the final White Sox player in a position to advance to phase 2. Anderson is the third-highest vote-getter amongst American League shortstops right now. Despite being the face of the team and one of the game’s biggest stars, he has yet to make an All-Star team.
The former batting champion is having another great year at the plate. Anderson ranks ninth in the MLB in batting average. He also ranks third in the MLB with 13 steals. The White Sox shortstop is hitting .311 with six home runs, 25 RBIs, and a .793 OPS. Hopefully, at least one of them makes it as a starter and they all make the team in general.