Cubs well-represented on ballot, but need help

Cubs well-represented on ballot, but need help

MIAMI -- Six Cubs position players are among the top 5 in their respective positions in the latest National League update on the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

Kris Bryant, batting .280 with seven home runs entering Tuesday, is the highest, remaining No. 2 at third base with 1,079,963 votes, behind St. Louis' Matt Carpenter, who garnered 1,974,503 votes.

Meanwhile, Miguel Montero (.248, five home runs) ranks third in catcher votes, Anthony Rizzo (.316, nine home runs) ranks third in first-base votes and Starlin Castro (.265, four home runs) is also third in shortstop rankings. Both Rizzo and Castro were second at their positions last week.

Gonzalez vs. Rizzo

A couple of outfielders made the top 15 as well. Dexter Fowler is currently 12th, while Jorge Soler ranks 15th.

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 10:59 p.m. CT. 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.

Steve Wilaj is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.