Yelich making case for All-Star consideration

Young Marlins outfielder on ballot with past honorees Gordon, Stanton

Yelich making case for All-Star consideration

SAN FRANCISCO -- A star is emerging in Miami to join the Marlins' already established All-Stars. Christian Yelich, one of the National League's promising young players, is elevating his game to the next level.

Now, it's that time of year again for fans to decide if Yelich is All-Star worthy. The 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot is out, and the Marlins' 24-year-old left fielder is off to a fast start. A year ago, Miami had two players voted into the starting lineup -- second baseman Dee Gordon and right fielder Giancarlo Stanton. However, injuries prevented either one from playing.

In his fourth big league season, Yelich entered Sunday second in the NL in batting average (.396) and tops in the Majors in on-base percentage (.529).

Gordon is the reigning NL batting champion and is a two-time All-Star. Although Stanton is off to a slow start, he is a proven slugger and a three-time choice to the Midsummer Classic.

All eight Marlins regulars are on the ballot. Along with Yelich, Gordon and Stanton, fans also have the opportunity to vote for first baseman Justin Bour, catcher J.T. Realmuto, shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, third baseman Martin Prado and center fielder Marcell Ozuna.

Browsing the ballot

The other side: Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler did damage against Miami in the opening series of the season, and he's doing damage to other clubs as well, batting .343 entering Sunday. One of his four homers was against the Marlins.

Tip of the cap: Another year, which means once again, Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is producing. The veteran entered Sunday with a slash line of .352/.405/.535, three homers and 14 RBIs.

A rising star: Nick Castellanos, a South Florida native, is no stranger to Marlins fans, who got to see him face Miami a few weeks ago. The Tigers third baseman keeps getting better, sporting a .327 batting average entering Sunday.

Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on their computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, June 30, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Vote up to five times in any 24-hour period for a maximum of 35 times.

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Following the announcement of the 2016 All-Stars, be sure to return to MLB.com and cast your 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player on each league's All-Star roster. On Tuesday, July 12, watch the 2016 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard 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 2016 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.