In what the International League office is calling the closest current race on the ballot, Valentino Pascucci of the Bisons has taken over the lead from Toledo slugger Brad Eldred in the race for the starting designated hitter here at the Triple-A All-Star Game on July 11.
Pascucci enters tonight's game in Columbus with 12 homers and 40 RBIs while Eldred is leading the IL with 22 homers and 61 RBIs and is the MVP of the league to date. But homefield matters in balloting, as we've seen in the big leagues as well.
That's certainly the case for the Bisons. Pitcher Matt Harvey and shortstop Omar Quintanilla also lead in the balloting at their positions, while Matt Tuiasosopo is one of the top three outfielders and Fernando Cabrera is one of the top two relievers, which would also get them automatically selected.
Among other Bisons, injured Zach Lutz is second at third base, gone-to-New York Vinny Rottino is fourth and Fred Lewis sixth among outfielders, on-waivers Josh Satin is fourth at first base and catcher Lucas May is fourth at catcher, and pitcher Jeurys Familia is eighth.
Voting ends June 22 and the ballot can be found here.