Bryce Harper's scorching May put him in the driver's seat of many offensive categories in the National League, including home runs, RBIs and runs scored. Tuesday, it was announced that he also maintained his status as the National League's top vote-getter as results pour in from casting the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.
Harper had 2,323,186 votes in the lastest ballot update, and he has a chance to end up being the top vote-getter in all of baseball as he's within striking distance of the overall top vote-getter, Royals catcher Salvador Perez (2,681,063 votes). The next closest NL outfielder is the Cardinals' Matt Holliday, who has 1,654,428 votes.
Yunel Escobar, who was slated to play second base for Washington in 2015 but has played all of his games at third in the absence of Anthony Rendon, is fifth in voting for second basemen with 502,505 votes. Through 47 games, he was hitting .319 with two homers and 14 RBIs.
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on their computers, tablets and smartphones -- using the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, July 2, at 11:59 p.m. ET. For the first time, voting is exclusively online, where fans may submit up to 35 ballots.
Fans may also receive the ballot by texting VOTE to 89269 (USA) or 101010 (Canada). Or text VOTA for a ballot in Spanish. Message and data rates may apply. Up to five messages. No purchase required. Reply STOP to cancel. Reply HELP for info.
Following the announcement of the 2015 All-Stars, be sure to return to MLB.com and cast your 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player for each league's All-Star roster. On Tuesday, July 14, watch the 2015 All-Star Game live on FOX, and during the game visit MLB.com to submit your choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet via the 2015 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.
MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of All-Star Week festivities.
The 86th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
Jacob Emert is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.