The latest update in the NL All-Star balloting has been released and there are a few things of note. Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki remains the leading vote-getter and has actually expanded his lead from from last week. Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is well out in front at the catcher position and currently has the second-most votes in the NL.
There are a couple of position shake-ups since last week. Mets third baseman David Wright has hopped over the injured Nolan Arenado. Meanwhile, Milwaukee’s Carlos Gomez has vaulted from fifth to third among outfielders. Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon has dropped from second to fifth while Andrew McCutchen still finds himself in fourth. Adrian Gonzalez of the Dodgers still holds the lead at first base, but maybe not for long. Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt is right on his heels.
Here’s the full update:
Mets assistant general manager John Ricco told Newsday today that he expects minor league outfielder Tim Tebow to return for a third season in professional baseball.
Tebow, 31, broke the hamate bone in his right hand while swinging a bat in late July, ending his season. It was a fairly successful season for him all things considered. After being promoted to Double-A Binghamton to start the year he hit .273/.336/.399 with six home runs, a stolen base and a .734 OPS in 298 plate appearances and made the Double-A All-Star team. That’s not the stuff of a top prospect — he strikes out far too much and the power numbers aren’t fantastic given that power would figure to be his strongest tool — but it’s pretty respectable for a guy his age and with his relative lack of baseball experience. As I said back in July, you can believe the Mets’ interest in Tebow is more marketing than baseball, but that does not preclude you from giving the guy a deserved tip of the cap for working hard and sticking it out in the bush leagues.
Assuming he does come back, the Mets are likely to start him at Triple-A Syracuse in the hopes that he’d eventually get to the bigs as a late season callup if the Mets aren’t in contention. Indeed, many believed that was the plan for him this year had he not been injured.