A’s catcher Stephen Vogt remains solidly in second place in All-Star voting, but the gap is growing bigger between him and leader Salvador Perez of the Kansas City Royals.
The latest results, released Monday, showed Perez leading all American League players with 4,419,620 votes. Vogt is second among A.L. catchers with 2,198,780 votes, and that puts him way ahead of third-place Russell Martin of Toronto (855,798).
Of course, Vogt can be selected for his first All-Star game via the players’ vote or manager’s selections even if he doesn’t win the starting nod through fan voting. After a rough stretch at the plate on the A’s last road trip, Vogt still is tied for fourth in the AL with 39 RBI, and he leads all AL catchers in batting average (.290), home runs (11), RBI and OPS (.930).
Shortstop Marcus Semien is the only other Oakland player within the top five in fan voting. He ranks third among AL shortstops with 910,707 votes, which is far behind leader Alcides Escobar of Kansas City (3,928,985). The Royals are dominating the voting right now, with seven of their players currently in line to start the July 14 game in Cincinnati.