Will baseball's No. 1 prospect be flying to Tacoma this summer?
White Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada is among the players fighting for votes on the Esurance Triple-A All-Star Ballot, which launched today on MiLB.com. Voting runs through June 23, and fans who make their picks on MiLB.com will join local media and Triple-A managers in selecting rosters for the annual midsummer showcase, which is set for July 12 in Tacoma, Washington.
Fans can select one player at each position along with a designated hitter, two starting pitchers and a pair of relievers from the International and Pacific Coast League ballots.
Moncada, ranked by MLB.com as baseball's top prospect, headlines the IL's group of second basemen. The Charlotte infielder is hitting .331 with six homers, 15 RBIs and 10 steals and will be a favorite pick in a category that also includes Norfolk's Johnny Giavotella (22 RBIs), Louisville's Dilson Herrera (22 RBIs) and Gwinnett's Ozzie Albies, who is Atlanta's No. 1 prospect.
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Triple-A's top home run hitters -- Lehigh Valley's Rhys Hoskins and Reno's Christian Walker -- will be popular picks at first base on both ballots. Hoskins, hitting .331 with 13 homers and 37 RBIs, headlines a category that also includes Charlotte's Danny Hayes (8 HR, 27 RBIs) and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's Ji-Man Choi, who's hitting .341 this year.
Video: IronPigs' Hoskins blasts 13th homer of the season
On the PCL side, Walker has the best numbers to date among first baseman, with 13 homers and 49 RBIs to go along with a .291 average.
Big names at shortstop include Phillies top prospect J.P. Crawford of Lehigh Valley, Rays top prospect Willy Adames of Durham and A's No. 1 prospect Franklin Barreto of Nashville. Mets top prospect Amed Rosario could be a strong bet for the PCL side -- he's hitting .361 with four homers and 32 RBIs.
Video: 51s' Rosario rips a double
Durham's Patrick Leonard (.352, 5 HR, 31 RBIs) carries a strong first half into the race at third base, while Carlos Rivero (.324, 5 HR, 29 RBIs) has among the best numbers at the hot corner in the PCL.
Carson Kelly, the Cardinals' top position prospect, highlights the ballot behind the plate for the PCL, while the IL counters with Buffalo's Raffy Lopez, who is batting .365 with five homers and 15 RBIs this season.
The outfield offers a tough choice as always with a pair of Yankees prospects -- Clint Frazier and Dustin Fowler -- making their case for Tacoma. Lehigh Valley's Dylan Cozens, who ranks second in the Minors with a dozen homers, could also earn a trip west. For the PCL, Fresno's Derek Fisher (.314, 10 HR, 27 RBIs) brings strong stats to the ballot, alongside Colorado Springs' Brett Phillips, who is Milwaukee's No. 10 prospect.
Video: Fresno's Fisher hits two-run shot
On the mound, there's no shortage of stellar options in both leagues. The IL's strikeout leader, Jacob Faria, brings his 71 K's and 3.40 ERA, while Wilmer Font, with 73 K's for Oklahoma City, highlights the PCL side.
Other big names among starting pitchers include Charlotte's Lucas Giolito, Durham's Brent Honeywell, Gwinnett's Sean Newcomb, Reno's Braden Shipley, Sacramento's Tyler Beede and Reno's Anthony Banda. There's some arms familiar to Major League fans, too, like former Mets Opening Day starter Dillon Gee of Round Rock, Oklahoma City's Jair Jurrjens and Justin Masterson and New Orleans' Vance Worley.
Fans can vote online at milb.com/vote or milb.com/ballot