Barmes a presence in All-Star voting
Rockies shortstop ranks fifth in first balloting survey
Through two months of the season, Colorado Rockies shortstop Clint Barmes has a healthy batting average. If early All-Star Game voting is an indication, he has quite a few believers among fans.
Barmes, 25, shows up fifth at shortstop in the first balloting results released Wednesday, a strong showing considering that he is just now developing name recognition. Before winning the Rockies' Opening Day job at shortstop, Barmes' Major League experience consisted of late-season callups the last two seasons.
Barmes is the only Colorado player that shows up on the early survey of top vote-getters -- the top five at the infield positions and catcher, and the top 15 in the outfield.
First baseman Todd Helton, who has been chosen to the All-Star Game each of the past five years, will need a return from an early-season slump and for fans to notice once things are turned around. The same goes for veteran center fielder Preston Wilson, a 2003 All-Star Game participant.
There is still plenty of time for Barmes to catch up with more experienced and better recognized shortstops, and for Helton to earn the votes of the past. Last year, the month of June saw more than eight million ballots cast.
Barmes earned National League Rookie of the Month honors for April. He managed to keep his batting average at or close to the .400 level through May 13.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.