Blue Jays' Guerrero Jr. leads voting after first round of all-star balloting

Toronto Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr. celebrates as he rounds third base after hitting a solo home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 15, 2021, in Dunedin, Fla. (Mike Carlson/AP)

Toronto Blue Jays star slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr. leads all players after the first round of balloting for the 2021 All-Star Game, MLB announced Monday.

The 22-year-old first baseman leads MLB in home runs (21), RBI (55), on-base percentage (.450), slugging percentage (.688) and on-base plus slugging (1.137). He's also topping the American League with a .344 batting average, tying him for second overall in MLB.

Guerrero Jr., who is seeking his first all-star nod, has received 857,956 votes and is looking to become just the third Blue Jay in history to lead the majors in balloting after José Bautista (2011, 2014) and Josh Donaldson (2014).

Guerrero Jr. is trailed by Atlanta Braves star outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. in the early balloting with 834,287 votes.

Blue Jays second baseman Marcus Semien is on pace to join his teammate in the July 13th event at Denver's Coors Field as he leads the AL balloting for the position with 561,326 votes.

The 30-year-old has gotten off to a strong start with the Blue Jays, after signing with Toronto on a one-year, $18-million deal in the off-season, putting up 15 home runs and 37 RBI while slashing .294/.359/.529.

Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette is currently second in balloting for his position with 252,479 votes. He trails Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who leads with 502,629 votes.

The 23-year-old Bichette has put up 13 home runs and 39 RBI so far this season while slashing .281/.329/.821.

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