KC Royals: Five Projected To Start All-Star Game


The KC Royals would have five starters in the 2015 MLB All-Star game if voting ended today. Surely a lot can happen between now and July, but the results are indicative of a great first quarter of the season by Kansas City.

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Alex Gordon (LF), Lorenzo Cain (CF), Mike Moustakas (3B), Alcides Escobar (SS), and Salvador Perez are the American League leading vote-getters at their respective positions when MLB.com released its early voting result today. Perez leads all AL players with 1,447,753 votes.

I wrote last week that it would be possible for the Royals to have 5-7 players on the team, but that was total. These results don’t even count what some would consider to be Kansas City’s MVP so far this season — Eric Hosmer.

It’s hard to get the start when a former Triple Crown winner plays the same position, but make no mistake, Hosmer, who is next in line behind Miguel Cabrera in terms of votes, will be named to the team.

Set-up man Wade Davis is a given, so if these results stand, the Royals will have a minimum of seven players on the squad. Starters Chris Young and Edinson Volquez, along with relievers Kelvin Herrera, Jason Frasor and Ryan Madson all have a shot at being named to the team as well.

Designated Hitter Kendrys Morales is second in voting for his position behind Seattle’s Nelson Cruz. Even second baseman Omar Infante got in to the act, trailing only Houston’s Jose Altuve in voting for his position.

While the Royals deserve to be recognized for their talent, it’s clear KC fans are supporting their team by getting out and voting often.

There could certainly be changes in the ballots before the July 2 deadline, but look for plenty of Royal Blue representation at the game no matter what. Below are the stats for each Royal projected to start, as well as the Top-10 overall vote-getters.

Click here for a list of the top-five players receiving votes at each position.

Alex Gordon — .271, 5 HR, 23 RBI

Lorenzo Cain –.306, 3 HR, 19 RBI, 7 SB

Mike Moustakas –.327, 4 HR, 15 RBI

Alcides Escobar — .278, 1 HR, 15 RBI

Salvador Perez — .303, 5 HR, 24 RBI

Top Ten AL Early Vote Leaders

Salvador Perez, C, Royals — 1,447,553

Lorenzo Cain, OF, Royals — 1,376,217

Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Tigers — 1,347,351

Jose Altuve, 2B, Astros — 1,301,754

Mike Trout, OF, Angels — 1,297,085

Mike Moustakas, 3B, Royals — 1,261,769

Nelson Cruz, OF, Mariners — 1,225,255

Alcides Escobar, SS, Royals — 1,191,268

Eric Hosmer, 1B, Royals — 1,101,738*

Alex Gordon, OF, Royals — 991,606

Royals fans, if you haven’t booked a ticket to Cincinnati for the game yet, it might be time to begin thinking about making preparations. With all the Royals who could be there, it might feel like just another road game.

*Not currently projected to start

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