Ronald Acuña Jr. is headed to Los Angeles for the Midsummer Classic after Braves fans and the rest of the MLB community voted for him more times than anyone else in the National League for the second consecutive season.
The leading vote-getter in each league (Aaron Judge in the AL) automatically is named as a starter and now the top two vote-getters will enter into Phase 2 to determine who will start at the other positions.
Acuña Jr. passed by Mookie Betts late and the top two were separated by less than 24,00 votes. Judge had the most votes overall, nearly 260,000 more votes than Acuña and over 400,00 more votes than the next closest American League player, Angels superstar Mike Trout.
While Acuña is now locked in as a starter, there are multiple other Braves players looking to join him. Others who moved into the Phase 2 vote-off are Travis d'Arnaud, Ozzie Albies, Dansby Swanson, William Contreras (DH), and Adam Duvall (in a 4-person runoff for 2 OF spots).
Due to injury, Albies would not participate in the ASG if he wins the fan vote, and William Contreras is likely to start either way as he's competing with Bryce Harper for the NL DH spot and Bryce Harper, like Albies, is sidelined due to injury.
Acuña, who missed the start of the season recovering from last years season-ending ACL injury, is hitting .281 with seven HRs, eight doubles, and 13 stolen bases. He has also been sidelined multiple times due to various minor injuries.
Acuña, who has missed the last few games after a minor foot injury, is expected to return to action tonight as the Braves face the Reds in Cincinnati.