Braun considers Lucroy an All-Star contender

Braun considers Lucroy an All-Star contender

Braun considers Lucroy an All-Star contender
CINCINNATI -- Catcher Jonathan Lucroy was the Brewers' player of the month for May after leading the club with 20 RBIs. Teammate Ryan Braun thinks he's worthy of an even higher honor.

"I think he deserves some love for the All-Star Game," said Braun, a three-time All-Star starter. "He's played as well as any catcher in the National League. I don't think you can play much better."

Lucroy got a late start after fracturing a finger in Spring Training, but entered June with the third-best batting average (.299) and home run count (six) among NL catchers, and the fourth-best RBI total (23).

He did most of that damage in May, tying Prince Fielder and Corey Hart for the team lead with five home runs.

Major League Baseball released the first round of All-Star Game balloting results for NL players on Tuesday, and Lucroy did not make the top five catchers. San Francisco's Buster Posey led the way with 785,314 votes, but he's out for the season with a leg injury.

Atlanta's Brian McCann, St. Louis' Yadier Molina, Philadelphia's Carlos Ruiz and Cincinnati's Ramon Hernandez rounded out the top five.

"I don't think we would be where we are without [Lucroy's] contributions," Braun said. "He definitely deserves some consideration, so hopefully our fans get out there and vote for him."

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2011 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Sprint until June 30 at 10:59 p.m. CT.

Lucroy was named the Brewers' player of the month for May in a vote of club officials and traveling media. Right-hander Yovani Gallardo was May's pitcher of the month after going 5-1 with a 2.25 ERA and 41 strikeouts.

Gallardo should garner some votes for league pitcher of the month honors, but Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw has a strong case. He was 4-0 with a 1.77 ERA and 46 strikeouts.