While the Cubs are not having a great year, there are two players who are currently in the lead at their positions for All-Star voting.
Kris Bryant leads voting at third base by nearly 300,000 votes and Jason Heyward is in the third spot among outfielders, about 60,000 ahead of his teammate Ben Zobrist.
Bryant is hitting .268/.398/.532 with 14 home runs. Nolan Arenado, in second place, is having a roughly comparable offensive season, .286/.347/.556 with 14 home runs, though with the Rockies far better offense, he’s driven in a lot more runs.
Let’s stipulate right now that Zobrist isn’t having anything close to an All-Star season. Heyward, though, is having a better year than last, currently hitting .257/.313/.391 and playing stellar defense. Fangraphs charts him with eight defensive runs saved.
Here’s all the voting as released Monday by Major League Baseball:
As you can see, one other Cub, Anthony Rizzo, is close to the top at first base, only 110,000 votes behind. Ryan Zimmerman, currently leading, is definitely the best qualified at first base this year, as he’s having a terrific year.
The only other Cubs player who warrants All-Star consideration this year is Wade Davis.
Voting continues exclusively online via MLB.com, Club sites and mobile devices until the voting period ends on Thursday, June 29 at 10:59 p.m. CT. The next National League vote update will be next Monday, June 19.