Former South Carolina star Jackie Bradley Jr. is in line to start the MLB All-Star Game, which will be held July 12 in San Diego.
As of Monday, the Boston Red Sox outfielder is second in the American League in outfield voting with nearly 2.2 million votes.
Angels outfielder Mike Trout leads the way with nearly 3 million votes, while Bradley Jr.’s teammate, Mookie Betts, is in third place with more than 1.9 million. Lorenzo Cain and Mark Trumbo are both close enough to catch Betts and Bradley Jr., as each have more than 1.8 million votes.
If Bradley Jr. is named a starter for the MLB All-Star game he would become the first former Gamecock to play in the All-Star game since Brian Roberts did so in 2007. Roberts is also the last USC product to start the All-Star game, doing so in 2005.
In addition to Bradley Jr., former South Carolina star Justin Smoak, currently of the Toronto Blue Jays, is fourth in AL voting at first base with 772, 948 votes.
Eric Hosmer of the Royals is the leading vote-getter at first base with more than 2.6 million votes.
Bradley Jr. is hitting .296 on the year with 18 doubles, six triples, 13 home runs and 49 RBIs. He has already set a career high in triples, homers and RBIs in only 72 games played.
Smoak is batting .242 this season with eight doubles, seven homers and 20 RBIs in 69 games.