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National League

Catcher

Leader: Buster Posey, Giants (7,990,423)

Next closest: Yadier Molina, Cardinals (6,278,553)

The rest: 3. Francisco Cervelli, Pirates, 2,424,229. 4. Yasmani Grandal, Dodgers, 1,624,424. 5. Miguel Montero, Cubs, 1,485,095.

The right choice here. Posey leads NL catchers in homers (11, tied), RBIs (53), average (.300) and OPS (.848).

First base

Leader: Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks (7,341,683)

Next closest: Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers (3,688,928)

The rest: 3. Joey Votto, Reds, 3,566,216. 4. Matt Adams, Cardinals, 2,581,892. 5. Anthony Rizzo, Cubs, 2,564,264.

Another good choice at a loaded position. Gonzalez (.302, 13 HRs, 48 RBIs) and Rizzo (.304, 15 HRs, 44 RBIs) also are having strong first halves, but pale to Goldschmidt's monster start (.349, 20 HRs, 62 RBIs, 1.104 OPS, 13 stolen bases)

Second base

Leader: Dee Gordon, Marlins (6,316,113)

Next closest: Kolten Wong, Cardinals (4,730,848)

The rest: 3. Brandon Phillips, Reds, 3,040,165. 4. Joe Panik, Giants, 2,887,397. 5. Yunel Escobar, Nationals, 2,153,973.

Gordon leads the NL in average (.353) and is second in steals (26), though his defense has been just adequate.

Shortstop

Leader: Jhonny Peralta, Cardinals (7,151,624)

Next closest: Brandon Crawford, Giants (4,267,238)

The rest: 3. Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies, 4,059,832. 4. Starlin Castro, Cubs, 2,185,861. 5. Zack Cozart, Reds, 2,128,730.

Crawford (10 HRs) is having a breakout season offensively, but Peralta leads NL shortstops in homers (11) and OPS (.849).

Third base

Leader: Matt Carpenter, Cardinals (6,252,327)

Next closest: Todd Frazier, Reds (6,189,347)

The rest: 3. Kris Bryant, Cubs, 3,559,446. 4. Nolan Arenado, Rockies, 2,964,460. 5. David Wright, Mets, 1,524,400.

Frazier or Arenado are the deserving choices here, combining for 49 home runs and each hitting better than .290, while Arenado plays Gold Glove-caliber defense.

Outfield

Leaders: Bryce Harper, Nationals (11,363,949); Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins (6,062,318); Matt Holliday, Cardinals (5,454,953)

Next closest: Nori Aoki, Giants (5,115,422); Andrew McCutchen, Pirates (4,577,646); Joc Pederson, Dodgers (2,977,227)

The rest: 7. Jason Heyward, Cardinals, 2,646,697. 8. Justin Upton, Padres, 2,418,452. 9. Jay Bruce, Reds, 2,397,019. 10. Billy Hamilton, Reds, 2,250,693. 11. Jon Jay, Cardinals, 2,236,337. 12. Hunter Pence, Giants, 2,154,738. 13. Angel Pagan, Giants, 2,103,812. 14. Starling Marte, Pirates, 2,013,249. 15. Yasiel Puig, Dodgers, 2,009,405.

Stanton will miss the All-Star game with a broken hand, opening the door for Aoki or McCutchen. Upton is a worthy choice, however, with 14 HRs and 46 RBIs, and don't discount the first half of the Diamondbacks' A.J. Pollock, who is quietly hitting close to .300 with some power (nine home runs) and speed (15 steals). Holliday's hitting .303, but the rest of his numbers have been pedestrian.

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