WASHINGTON -- With the official announcement of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game rosters less then a week away, the Nationals' Anthony Rendon continues to make a push to secure a coveted spot with the National League squad in Minneapolis.
Rendon started the season as a second baseman, but because of injuries to Ryan Zimmerman and Bryce Harper, the 24-year-old slugger has seen limited time at that position. He started his 10th game at second base on Monday night against the Rockies when Harper returned from his disabled list stint for a torn left thumb ligament.
As of June 23, Rendon was outside the top five among NL second basemen, trailing the Phillies' Chase Utley, the Pirates' Neil Walker, the Dodgers' Dee Gordon, the Brewers' Rickie Weeks and the Reds' Brandon Phillips.
However, with the final ballot update coming out Tuesday before results are announced over the weekend, Rendon stands among the leaders for second basemen in a number of offensive categories. His 12 home and 46 RBIs rank first among all National League second basemen entering Monday night. Rendon also boasts the second-best slugging percentage (.482).
"He's as deserving as anybody," Nationals manager Matt Williams said of Rendon. "He's transitioned from one position to another for a majority of the season, which is not easy, and continued to hit at the top of our lineup or in the middle of our lineup and produced. For a young player, that's admirable."
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15 on FOX.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He can also be found on Twitter @WashingNats. Daniel Popper is an associate reporter for MLB.com. He can also be found on Twitter @danielrpopper This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.