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|
|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|
|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|