All-Star updates, plus notes from around the minor leagues. (Getty)
I’m not exactly sure how Placido Polanco managed to entice 1,418,096 voters to stuff the ballot box on his behalf, but good for him. I’ve always considered Polly to be a player who easily faded into the background, so I guess I’ve underestimated his appeal. Still, his lead is down to 22,635 votes over Mets third baseman David Wright and his elbow injury will take him out of the picture somewhat. Polanco, who received his biggest voting surge during a May homestand, ranks second in the National League with a .318 batting average, while Wright’s 61 RBIs leads the league. That said, my vote goes to Scotty Rolen. Wright and Rolen will make the team one way or another, so it's moot. In other All-Star news, Shane Victorino lost a little ground in the outfield, slipping from fifth to sixth in vote totals. Online voting ends Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET. The starting position players will be revealed Sunday.
Brown rated No. 1: ESPN Insider Keith Law rated Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown as the best prospect in the minors in his latest Top 25 update. The 22-year-old outfielder recently earned a promotion to Triple-A, where he has gone 5-for-14 (.357). Meanwhile, right-hander Jarred Cosart has cracked the Top 25. Law considers Cosart’s fastball to be among the best in the minors. View the entire list here.Minor notes: Clearwater second baseman Harold Garcia went 1-for-4 yesterday, extending his hitting streak to 31 games. It’s the longest in the minors this season and he’s five away from matching the Florida State League record. … The Phillies have signed 19-year-old catcher Angel Chavarin out of the Mexican League. … J.A. Happ will pitch the first game of Lehigh Valley’s doubleheader with Rochester tonight. This will be his fifth rehab start.