LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson moved up to sixth among National League outfielders in the latest All-Star ballot update, but with a little more than one week left in the voting he has a tall task ahead to be one of the three outfield starters.
Voting ends on Thursday, July 2 at 8:59 p.m. PT. The 2015 All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday, July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.
Pederson has 2,409,459 votes, good for sixth among National League outfielders, but Matt Holliday in third place — the final starter — has nearly double that amount, at 4,716,941. Pederson was eighth last week and has been as low as 11th among NL outfielders in these weekly updates.
Pederson is hitting .252/.393/.551 with 19 home runs and 50 walks, ranking fifth in the NL in OPS (and second among outfielders, to Bryce Harper) and OPS+ (161), sixth in on-base percentage, seventh in slugging percentage, eighth in wOBA (.403), ninth in wRC+ (162), is third in walks and tied for fourth in home runs.
There have only been five Dodgers rookie All-Stars — Don Newcombe (1949), Fernando Valenzuela (1981), Steve Sax (1982), Mike Piazza (1993) and Hideo Nomo (1995).
|2015 NL All-Star voting, week by week|
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Adrian Gonzalez continues to rank second at first base, now with 3,329,716 votes, far behind leader Paul Goldschmidt (5,867,602).
Yasmani Grandal ranks fourth among NL catchers with 1,356,915 votes, with Buster Posey (6,510,231) and Yadier Molina (5,251,040) dominating that vote.
Yasiel Puig, an All-Star starter in 2014, ranks 14th among NL outfielders, with 1,653,138 votes.