Michael Saunders has Jays' fans voting in droves

Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders is one of five Final Vote finalists for the last spot on the American League All-Star team as decided by a fan vote.

Victoria native proving he's worthy of last American League all-star spot

Canadians are rallying behind Blue Jays outfielder Michael "Captain Canada" Saunders as he vies for the 34th and final spot on the American League All-Star team. (Twitter)

For a player who almost wasn't a Blue Jay this past February, Michael Saunders is making quite a name for himself in Toronto and across the league this week.

On Tuesday, Saunders was nominated as one of five players vying for the final spot on the American League All-Star team, to be decided by a fan vote.

On Wednesday, Saunders was making his case. He hit his 16th home run of the season in the fourth inning and a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth to lead the Jays to a 4-2 win, completing their sweep of the defending champion Kansas City Royals. The 29-year-old is having the best season of his career, posting 40 RBI through his first 78 games.

Just one day into the voting, Saunders had already collected 4.8 million votes to lead other AL candidates George Springer, Dustin Pedroia, Ian Kinsler and Evan Longoria.

A native of Victoria B.C., Saunders also has arguably one of the best Final Vote hashtags (#VoteCaptainCanada) as assigned by the MLB — at least compared to candidates like Springer (#VoteSpringer), Kinsler (#VoteKinsler) and NL candidate Brandon Belt (#VoteBelt).

Fans will be able to vote using each player's hashtag from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET on Friday in a final push before the last roster spot for the NL and AL teams is announced.

And it seems almost all of Canada is getting in on the voting action, with reporting that Saunders has accounted for 98.5 per cent of the votes north of the border.

Though every team with a player in the final vote is rallying behind them, "ewe" won't believe what lengths the Arizona Diamondbacks went to in their campaign for third baseman Jake Lamb.

The winners will be announced shortly after voting closes at 4 p.m. ET on Friday, but no matter what the outcome, Michael Saunders just seems happy to be in the running.