Ozuna second among NL designated hitters in first All-Star ballot update

Atlanta Braves designated hitter Marcell Ozuna (20) celebrates with teammates after hitting a three-run home run during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Truist Park, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Atlanta. (Jason Getz / AJC)

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Credit: Jason Getz / Jason.Getz@ajc.com

Atlanta Braves designated hitter Marcell Ozuna (20) celebrates with teammates after hitting a three-run home run during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Truist Park, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Atlanta. (Jason Getz / AJC)

Braves slugger Marcell Ozuna ranked second among National League designated hitters as Major League Baseball released its first All-Star Game balloting update Monday.

Ozuna, the league leader in home runs (20) and runs batted in (62) before Monday’s game, received 478,538 votes in Phase 1 of voting for the 2024 All-Star Game, which will be played July 16 in Arlington, Tex. Ozuna received more votes than any other Brave in Phase 1 - which will continue until June 27 at noon - but he’s more than 500,000 votes behind Dodgers slugger Shohei Ohtani, one of four National Leaguers who received more than 1 million votes in Phase 1.

Here’s how the Braves rank at each position in Monday’s update:

First base: Matt Olson third with 154,672 votes

Second base: Ozzie Albies fourth with 247,517 votes.

Shortstop: Orlando Arcia fourth with 147,103 votes.

Third base: Austin Riley seventh with 166,976 votes.

Catcher: Sean Murphy fifth with 132,575 votes.

Outfield: Michael Harris II 13th with 169,837 votes.

The leading vote-getter in each league during Phase 1 will receive an automatic spot in their team’s starting lineup. Beyond those two players, the top two vote-getters at every position, and the top six outfielders, will advance to Phase 2 of the voting, which begins June 30.