Aaron Judge, who is making an impact for the New York Yankees in his rookie season, could be on his way to the All-Star Game in Miami.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout has been dethroned in the latest voting update for the American League in the 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Miami.
In the second voting update for potential AL All-Stars, New York Yankees rookie star outfielder Aaron Judge is leading with 1.2 million votes, while Trout trails with 1.1 million votes.
Trout went for surgery last Wednesday to repair an injured thumb and will miss at least six to eight weeks, most likely his first All-Star game in six full Major League seasons.
With Trout’s injury, there could be a new sheriff in town as Judge leads the way in votes and will most likely secure an outfield spot. It would also be a great opportunity for Michael Brantley or Mookie Betts to become a starter.
Other notable changes in the voting update include Jose Altuve surpassing Starlin Castro (778,699) at second base with 998,107 votes. Minnesota Twins’ Miguel Sano powered by the struggling Manny Machado as the starting third baseman as he currently sits at 638,592 votes, with Machado holding at 520,116 votes.
Judge currently has 18 home runs and 41 runs batted in with a 1.110 OPS, so it’s not surprising to see him lead the AL in votes and he could be chasing after Trout’s Most Valuable Player award next.