KANSAS CITY -- With All-Star fan voting slated to end on Thursday, zero Royals are among the American League leaders.
Alcides Escobar remains out of the top five among AL shortstops, despite a nice bounce-back season.
Escobar batted .234 with a .259 on-base percentage last season, but he has elevated those figures in the first half of this year to .288 and .329, respectively, entering Sunday's series finale against the Angels.
When Escobar swiped a pair of bags in the Royals' 8-6 win over the Angels on Friday, he became the first player in franchise history with at least 20 steals and 20 doubles in the first half of a season.
As of last Sunday, Yankees captain Derek Jeter led AL shortstops with 2,353,336 votes. Alexei Ramirez of the White Sox, J.J. Hardy of the Orioles, Jose Reyes of the Blue Jays and Jed Lowrie of the A's rounded out the top five.
Among this group, Escobar ranks first in steals (20) and doubles (21), and is tied for first in OBP (.329), and is second in hits (81) and WAR (1.8).
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday at 10:59 p.m. CT. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15 on FOX.
Jackson Alexander is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less