Cozart hangs around top of NL All-Star voting

Cozart hangs around top of NL All-Star voting

ATLANTA -- Despite his struggles at the plate in June, Reds shortstop Zack Cozart maintained his fifth-place spot in the third National League All-Star balloting results, which were revealed Wednesday.

Last week, Cozart trailed fourth-place vote-getter Asdrubal Cabrera by fewer than 4,500 votes. This week, Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager (476,525) seized an 83,424-vote lead over Cozart (393,101) for fourth. Cubs shortstop Addison Russell (1,170,012), Trevor Story of the Rockies (887,971) and the Giants' Brandon Crawford (501,557) remain in the top-three spots.

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Cincinnati doesn't boast any other player among the top vote-getters at its positions.

Cozart was batting .298 through the first two months of the season and raised his average to .310 by going 6-for-13 in his first three games of June. Since then, the 30-year-old is hitting .132 (5-for-38) over his past 10 games entering Wednesday night.

Among qualified shortstops, Cozart ranks fourth in the NL with a .278 batting average and is tied for first with 16 doubles. He's also excelled with his glove, as he's tied for second among qualified shortstops with a 1.2 defensive WAR.

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Pat James is a reporter for MLB.com based in Atlanta. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.