While voting continues to heat up for Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game, so does voting for Triple-A’s version of the mid-summer classic.
And several Gwinnett Stripers are in the thick of the races for a starting spot for the International League’s team, which will take on All-Stars from the Pacific Coast League in the 32nd annual game July 10 at Southwest University Ballpark in El Paso, Texas.
Travis Demeritte, who came into the Stripers’ game with Lehigh Valley on Thursday hitting .284 with 13 home runs and 46 RBIs (which is good for fourth in the IL) in his first season of Triple-A ball, currently leads all IL outfielders in the voting.
The graduate of nearby Winder-Barrow High School would be the only Gwinnett player in the IL starting lineup if voting ended Thursday, though several others are among the leaders at their respective positions.
Most prominent is Adam Duvall, who came into Thursday hitting .269, shared the IL lead with 18 homers and was third in the league with 47 RBIs, was second to Durham’s Michael Brosseau at designated hitter.
Other Stripers currently among their position leaders as of Thursday are Andres Blanco (fourth at second base), Alex Jackson (fifth at catcher), Kolby Allard (10th at starting pitcher) and Ben Rowen (10th at relief pitcher).
Fans can vote for their favorite IL and PCL players to participate in the game by visiting https://www.milb.com/ballot. Voting continues until June 21.