Mookie Betts Surges Up In All-Star Voting; Red Sox Could Have Four Starters

by NESN Staff

June 21, 2016

The Boston Red Sox’s prospects for the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game are getting better by the day.

The Red Sox entered Tuesday with three projected starters for the Midsummer Classic — designated hitter David Ortiz, shortstop Xander Bogaerts and outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr.

You can add a fourth name to that list, as Mookie Betts has jumped up to third in Tuesday’s update of the American League All-Star voting, which would give him a starting spot alongside Bradley and leader Mike Trout if voting ended Tuesday.

Betts was in fifth place with just over 1 million votes as of MLB’s June 14 update but has seen that number jump to 1.43 million, putting him just ahead of Baltimore Orioles outfielder Mark Trumbo at 1.41 million. Betts enters Tuesday with an MLB-best 61 runs scored and leads all outfielders with 88 hits in 69 games played.

Ortiz and Bogaerts continue to hold massive voting leads at their respective positions. Big Papi’s 2.6 million votes at the DH spot is more than double that of Kansas City Royals DH Kendrys Morales, while Bogaerts (2.1 million votes) holds a roughly 1 million-vote lead over the Royals’ Alcides Escobar at shortstop.

The Red Sox’s position players also could have company on the pitching side in knuckleballer Steven Wright, whose 2.01 ERA currently is the best in the AL.

Voting ends Thursday, June 30, at 11:59 p.m. ET, and you can vote for your favorite players at

Thumbnail photo via Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports Images

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