Start voting to send Melky, Eaton to All-Star Game

Start voting to send Melky, Eaton to All-Star Game

CHICAGO -- The White Sox entered Sunday's homestand finale against the Rangers with the most victories of any American League team. That early success also means potential All-Star worthy candidates, players who fans can now vote for with the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot going live.

White Sox fans will be able to lend support to leadoff man Adam Eaton, looking to make his first Midsummer Classic appearance at the 2016 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard. Eaton is one of the team leaders in batting average and on-base percentage, and he's made a seamless defensive transition from center field to right field.

Melky Cabrera has jumped off to a great start, leading the team with his .344 batting average and .400 OBP entering Sunday, not to mention a team high in hits. Both Cabrera and Eaton started off slowly at the plate in 2015.

Melky's solo homer

And let's not forget second baseman Brett Lawrie, who falls second on the team in OBP and has added some much-needed energy as a whole. This trio stands at the core of the South Siders' early-season turnaround.

Browsing the ballot
The other side: Dexter Fowler was a surprise late Spring Training addition to the Cubs, and he has been off to a tremendous start over in the National League. The switch-hitting center fielder had a 1.198 OPS with 13 extra-base hits and 17 runs scored entering Sunday.

Tip of the cap: Jarrod Saltalamacchia certainly wasn't the biggest-name acquisition made by the Tigers, but it's hard to overlook his numbers to date. The Tigers backstop leads all catchers with six homers and 15 RBIs, to go along with a 1.184 OPS entering Sunday.

A rising star: Tyler White has started his Major League Baseball career with a significant impact. The Astros' rookie first baseman has five homers and 12 RBIs, as well as a 1.001 OPS entering Sunday, ranking first in the AL at his position.

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.

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 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.

The 87th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB.com, MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.