Bryce Harper, the reigning National League rookie of the year, is third overall in the first round of National League all-star voting results released by Major League Baseball on Tuesday afternoon. He has received 1,182,532 votes, behind leading vote-getter San Francisco’s Buster Posey and Atlanta’s Justin Upton.
Harper, 20, is second among outfielders behind Upton, who received 1,184,249 votes. Posey, the reigning NL most valuable player and World Series champion, leads all players with 1,275,956 votes. Although he has only played 44 of the Nationals’s 57 games and is currently on the disabled list with nagging left knee bursitis, Harper is sixth in the majors in OPS (.973) and second in OPS+ (167).
Harper, already a budding star and among the game’s most recognizable players, is hitting .287 and is sixth the NL in home runs (12) and sixth in slugging percentage (.587). He was named as an injury replacement to the team last year, the youngest NL position player to ever play in the game.
After a banner year in which a record four Nationals players were named to the all-star game, only Harper placed in early voting tallies. Voting at the stadium concludes on June 28th and online on July 4. (Fans voting can often be skewed, however, as two Giants players — Posey and third baseman Pablo Sandoval — lead their respective positions and three others — second baseman Marco Scutaro, first baseman Brandon Belt and shortstop Brandon Crawford are in second place.)
The rosters of all-stars for both leagues will be announced on July 7. Players can also be added by the all-star manager’s choice or selected by fans in the 34th man final vote, named on July 11. San Francisco Manager Bruce Bochy is the NL’s all-star game manager, with Nationals Manager Davey Johnson serving on his staff.
Fans vote on the starting player for each position. Pitchers — five starters and three relievers — and the backups for each position are chosen players, managers and coaches votes. Jordan Zimmermann is the Nationals’s leading pitching contender to land one of those spots, as he is seventh in the NL with 2.37 ERA and tied for second with eight wins.