Posey in mix for starting ASG catcher spot

Giants backstop trails only Molina in first ballot released Wednesday

Posey in mix for starting ASG catcher spot

MILWAUKEE -- Buster Posey of the Giants finds himself in a familiar spot in the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot: In tight competition with St. Louis' Yadier Molina in the balloting among National League catchers.

Posey, a two-time All-Star, received 759,187 votes in the NL's initial All-Star polling update announced Wednesday. He ranked second only to Molina, the six-time All-Star who led the catchers with 859,520 votes.

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Four Giants besides Posey ranked among the top five in voting at their respective positions. Outfielders Nori Aoki (441,407 votes) and Angel Pagan (413,843) stood fourth and fifth, respectively. However, both trailed Miami's Giancarlo Stanton (746,926) by a wide margin.

Shortstop Brandon Crawford was in a similar situation. He had 417,604 votes, good for fifth place but substantially behind the leader, St. Louis' Johnny Peralta (595,741). Second baseman Joe Panik also was in fifth with 333,853 votes, but Miami's Dee Gordon, the position's leader, had almost three times as much support (934,249).

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.