Abreu looks to add All-Star starter to growing resume

Abreu looks to add All-Star starter to growing resume

CHICAGO -- Jose Abreu picked up a number of honors from his banner first Major League season with the White Sox, including being selected as a first-time All-Star.

Abreu has a chance to not only make the All-Star team again but become a starter at first base as part of the American League All-Star ballot. Through the first 17 games this season, Abreu is hitting .313 with five homers, 14 RBIs and a .642 slugging percentage. Through his first 162 games overall as a big leaguer, Abreu has a .316 average, 41 homers, 40 doubles, 121 RBIs and a .969 OPS.

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Joining Abreu on the ballot from the White Sox are Micah Johnson at second base, marking the rookie's first appearance. Alexei Ramirez is at shortstop, Conor Gillaspie is at third base, Tyler Flowers is at catcher, Adam LaRoche is the designated hitter representative and Melky Cabrera, Adam Eaton and Avisail Garcia are in the outfield.

Chris Sale, Abreu and Ramirez were the White Sox All-Star representatives last season.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.