The Houston Astros have a major-league best seven finalists to start in the 2021 All-Star Game at Coors Field.
Catcher Martin Maldonado, first baseman Yuli Gurriel, second baseman Jose Altuve, third baseman Alex Bregman, outfielder Michael Brantley, designated hitter Yordan Alvarez and shortstop Carlos Correa are among the finalists for the American League.
The Astros are among the best teams in Major League Baseball this season, leading the AL West with a 48-29 record. So, it’s really no surprise Houston players are leading the way in All-Star voting.
While the Astros do have seven finalists, it’s unlikely all seven will be voted to start the All-Star Game. For example, Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will likely beat out Gurriel at first base as he led the voting in Phase 1.
Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez is also on track to beat out Maldonado at catcher, as he received the third-most votes in Phase 1.
Voting on the finalists begins Monday and ends Thursday. The starters will then be announced Thursday night, and the remainder of the teams will be revealed next Sunday.