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Jun 7, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) rounds second base on his way to third on a single by first baseman Albert Pujols (not pictured) against the Seattle Mariners during the sixth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout is leading American League players in voting for next month's All-Star Game with slightly more than 950,000 votes.

Much of the rest of the balloting, released Monday by Major League Baseball, could be considered a surprise.

Aside from Trout, only George Springer of the Houston Astros - currently second in the outfield voting - has started an All-Star Game in the past.

The leaders can't take their spot to the bank. New voting rules have divided the balloting into rounds. At the conclusion of the first round, which ends June 21, the top three players at each position - nine in the outfield - will move on to the next round of balloting with the vote tally starting over.

Joining Trout and Springer as the top nine vote-getters in the AL outfield are Austin Meadows (Tampa Bay Rays), Michael Brantley (Astros), Mookie Betts (Boston Red Sox), Eddie Rosario (Twins), Aaron Judge (New York Yankees), Joey Gallo (Texas Rangers) and Josh Reddick (Astros).

At catcher, the Yankees' Gary Sanchez is the runaway leader over James McCann of the Chicago White Sox and Jason Castro of the Minnesota Twins. Sanchez (737,107 votes) has the largest lead over any third-place player. Castro has 199,497 votes.

At first base, another Yankee, Luke Voit, has a narrow lead over C.J. Cron of the Twins and Jose Abreu of the White Sox. Future Hall of Fame members Albert Pujols of the Angels and Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers sit in fifth and seventh places, respectively.

Tommy La Stella of the Angels, batting .315 with 15 home runs, is the leader by about 40,000 votes over Houston's Jose Altuve, whose injuries have limited him to 39 games. DJ LeMahieu of the Yankees trails in third place.

Third baseman Alex Bregman of the Astros has a big lead - 630,159 to 269,716 - over Gio Urshela of the Yankees. Hunter Dozier, in third place and the only member of the Kansas City Royals to be in the top three of voting, is narrowly ahead of Rafael Devers of the Red Sox.

Rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of the Toronto Blue Jays is in sixth place with 150,074 votes despite playing in just 36 games since being called up in late April.

"The Starters Election," as the second round is called, will begin June 26 at noon ET and conclude at 4 p.m. ET on June 27. Starters will be announced on ESPN that night at 7 ET. Pitchers and reserves will be announced on June 30 at 5:30 p.m. ET.

The All-Star Game will be played July 9 at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

--Field Level Media

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