As the final votes are cast for the Major League All-Star game next week in Miami, Dodgers fans can’t help but feel slightly underwhelmed with their team’s presence in the Mid-Summer Classic.
Sure, the Dodgers will certainly have four all-stars, five if Justin Turner can maintain his lead amongst the final vote nominees (#VoteJT) or even six if a pitcher drops out and the cruel snub of Alex Wood is fixed.
Anyway, it ends up, for maybe the best team in baseball right now, they won’t have a starter in the game, and that just isn’t right. It’s not uncommon for the best team in each league to have three or four players starting, but it may just be more fuel in the engine that is driving Los Angeles.
Currently, the team ranks in the top 10 in batting average, runs, home runs, OPS, OBP on offense and leads the league in ERA and Batting Average Against on the mound. The overall team success says more than any appearance in an exhibition game, but that game is always made up to be more than it really is, especially with the removal of the winning team getting home field advantage for their league during the World Series.
Luckily for Dodgers fans, they will have plenty of opportunities to please Kenley Jansen and vote for their young stars over the next few years. The farm system is chock full of All-Stars, and the team will be well represented at every level.
Let’s take a look at which young Dodgers prospects were selected to their All-Star games and how the first half of their season has gone for the Dodgers minor league system.