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Myers, Wheeler gain early vote support
Hamilton, Cingrani, Wacha among Triple-A All-Star leaders
06/06/2013 10:59 AM ET
Durham's Wil Myers is batting .276 with 10 homers and 47 RBIs.
Durham's Wil Myers is batting .276 with 10 homers and 47 RBIs. (Dano Keeney/MiLB.com)

Some of baseball's biggest talents have taken early leads on the ballot as voting for the Triple-A All-Star Game continues through its first week.

Wil Myers, Billy Hamilton, Bryce Brentz, Tony Cingrani and Tim Beckham are among the top-ranked prospects leading at their positions in the International League, while hard-throwing starters Zack Wheeler and Michael Wacha garnered support on the Pacific Coast League's ballot after one week of voting.

Fans have been making their picks online for the past week to help send All-Stars to Reno on July 17 for the Triple-A All-Star Game. Those who vote can select starters at every position on the field, along with a designated hitter, two starting pitchers and a pair of relievers -- the fan vote counts toward one-third of the overall balloting process as field managers and media will also have a chance to vote.

All fans who vote on MiLB.com will receive a free preview pass for MiLB.TV.

Early voting results show support for some highly-ranked prospects, but there are also some veterans earning looks like Buffalo's Andy LaRoche and Luis Jimenez, Salt Lake's Brad Hawpe and Iowa's Brian Bogusevic.

The strangest leading vote-getter so far? That would be Kila Ka'aihue, who racked up big numbers for host Reno, hitting .313 with a PCL-leading 16 homers and 50 RBIs before being released by Arizona. The veteran first baseman had a clause in his contract that allowed him to request his release on June 1 if he had not yet been promoted to the Majors. Thus, he leads all PCL first baseman in votes but is currently an unsigned free agent seeking another shot at the bigs.

Aces fans still have a shot at sending one of their own to the showcase as shortstop Chris Owings, who leads the league wih 91 hits, holds strong on the PCL ballot. Wacha, already in St. Louis, and Wheeler, rumored to be called up this month, could both earn selections but be in the Majors by game time.

Hamilton, whose 32 steals lead the IL, is among the league leaders on the ballot -- Jimenez ranks atop the circuit with 50 RBIs while Rochester's Chris Colabello owns the IL's best slugging percentage at .656.

Voting ends at 11:59 PM EDT on Wednesday, June 26. Check out the leading vote-getters on each squad so far and be sure to cast your ballots on MiLB.com.

Triple-A All-Star voting as of June 6
IL voting leaders      
Player Team Affiliate Position
Ryan Lavarnway Pawtucket Red Sox Red Sox Catcher
Chris Colabello Rochester Red Wings Twins First Base
Jim Negrych Buffalo Bisons Blue Jays Second Base
Tim Beckham Durham Bulls Rays Shortstop
Andy LaRoche Buffalo Bisons Blue Jays Third Base
Wil Myers Durham Bulls Rays Outfield
Brentz, Bryce Pawtucket Red Sox Red Sox Outfield
Billy Hamilton Louisville Bats Reds Outfield
Luis Jimenez Buffalo Bisons Blue Jays Designated Hitter
Tony Cingrani Louisville Bats Reds Starter
Jose Alvarez Toledo Mud Hens Tigers Starter
Niel Wagner Buffalo Bisons Blue Jays Reliever
Preston Guilmet Columbus Clippers Indians Reliever
       
PCL voting leaders      
Player Team Affiliate Position
Tim Federowicz Albuquerque Isotopes Dodgers Catcher
Kila Ka'aihue Free agent - - First Base
Dean Anna Tucson Padres Padres Second Base
Chris Owings Reno Aces D-backs Shortstop
Ryan Wheeler Colorado Springs Sky Sox Rockies Third Base
Brian Bogusevic Iowa Cubs Cubs Outfield
Michael Choice Sacramento River Cats Athletics Outfield
Andrew Brown Las Vegas 51s Mets Outfield
Brad Hawpe Salt Lake Bees Angels Designated Hitter
Zack Wheeler Las Vegas 51s Mets Starter
Michael Wacha Memphis Redbirds Cardinals Starter
Dan Otero Sacramento River Cats Athletics Reliever
Cory Burns Round Rock Express Rangers Reliever

Danny Wild is an editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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