MLB All Star Ballot: Blue Jays vs The Leaders

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Apr 19, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes (7) stretches during batting practice before a game against the Atlanta Braves at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports


Alcides Escobar vs Jose Reyes (5th)

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In the early going, Jose Reyes sits on the edge of the SS bubble with nearly a million fewer than Escobar. And, a look at his numbers and you can see why. He’s only been in a handful of games. He hasn’t even had enough time for his defensive numbers to normalize. The only thing that could explain such a high defensive score at this stage of his career is that it is a small sample size.

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But, that is kind of the thing: Jose Reyes has missed so much time and still is in the hunt for top spot. When healthy, he presents a much better threat than Escobar. His ability to hit, and at the right time, could mean a huge climb on this list for Reyes. That is, of course, if he can stay healthy from here on out. His health had been a factor to this point, even contributing to his lack of production while he was suffering through his rib injury. There is no doubt that a fully healthy Reyes could make this very interesting.

Except that Escobar has built quite a lead on the back of his Royals’ World Series birth and their hot start to the season. That is not to mention that he is playing solid defense thus far. On the surface, it looks as though he has been as good as Reyes (or the other way around), but we all know that if Reyes were to have the same amount of playing time, it would not be this close.

Reyes is going to have his work cut out for him. But, you can help him out by heading over and voting for him up to 35 times. Every little bit helps.

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