Cozart among top NL shortstop vote-getters

Reds' hitting leader recognized for bounceback season

Cozart among top NL shortstop vote-getters

DENVER -- The first National League All-Star balloting results were revealed on Wednesday, and it appears that voters have taken notice of the nice bounceback season from Reds shortstop Zack Cozart.

Cozart was ranked fifth among NL shortstops with 231,502 votes. The leader, Addison Russell of the Cubs, had 544,240 votes and was followed by Trevor Story of the Rockies (534,290), Asdrubal Cabrera from the Mets (247,954) and the Giants' Brandon Crawford (246,390).

No other Reds were among the leaders at their positions.

Batting .298/.324/.497 with six home runs and 18 RBIs through Tuesday, Cozart leads Cincinnati in hits and batting average this season. Among qualified NL shortstops, he is ranked third in hitting.

In 2015, Cozart was lost for the season when he slipped and fell running over first base on June 10. He needed reconstructive right knee surgery.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.