06/05/12 8:58 PM ET
Pujols fifth in initial All-Star ballot results
By Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com
Comparatively, five members of the division-rival Rangers -- catcher Mike Napoli, second baseman Ian Kinsler, third baseman Adrian Beltre, and outfielders Nelson Cruz and Josh Hamilton, who leads all players in votes -- are currently on pace for a starting spot in the Midsummer Classic.
Pujols, batting an uncharacteristic .236 with eight homers and 30 RBIs after a really slow April, sits nearly 600,000 votes behind Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder, who paced his position with 1,027,070 votes and, like Pujols, switched leagues in the offseason.
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The voting results showed the top five at each infield position and designated hitter, as well as the top 15 outfielders. Pujols (478,020 fan votes) may have been the only Angels player who showed up, but they have another worthy candidate on the original ballot.
His name is Mark Trumbo. He leads the Angels in OPS (.956) and homers (10), and ranks second in batting average (.322) and RBIs (27). Those numbers are All-Star worthy, but Trumbo is listed in the ballot at third base -- a position he hasn't even played since May 3 -- so the most likely scenario is that he's chosen as a reserve, if at all.
"It's not about any of the accolades or anything," Trumbo said recently. "It's the same way I treated the Rookie of the Year thing last year -- don't expect anything, and if something good happens, then great."
Another deserving candidate is rookie Mike Trout, who's batting .338 with a .388 on-base percentage, five homers and nine stolen bases in 34 games. But because the 20-year-old wasn't called up until April 28, he wasn't listed on the ballot.
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.