Rancho Cucamonga Quakes and the Great Lakes Loons
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Racho Cucamonga (High-A) and Great Lakes (A) both had a few All-Stars represented in their games. The Quakes had six, including two starters, and the Loons represented as well with three.
Interestingly enough, despite being left off the High-A All-Star games roster, Yadier Alvarez will represent the Dodgers in the MLB Futures game. His year so far has not gone as planned with an ERA above five but the buzz surrounding this kid is too great to keep him out of the Futures game.
As for those in the game, the Quakes sent Will Smith (C), Luke Raley (OF), DJ Peters (OF), Ibandel Isabel (1B), Caleb Ferguson (RP) and Dennis Santana.
Smith was a starter in the game, as well as Raley, and could be considered to be the future of the Dodgers’ behind the plate. He has put together a nice season for the Quakes, flashing better power than expected and shutting down the running game for opposing teams.
DJ Peters has really broken out over the last two months after a bit of a slow start. The SoCal native currently leads the team in RBI and home runs and just took Madison Bumgarner deep twice IN ONE INNING during his rehab start last night.
The Loons added three All-Stars of their own with Dustin May, Keibert Ruiz and Brendon Davis.
All three have obviously put together nice years so far, but it is really May that is projected to have the big future. The lanky 2016 third rounder is within the top 30 of most Dodgers prospects lists and has pitched up to that expectation so far.
Although the Dodgers won’t have any starters in the MLB All-Star game this year, the future is bright for the Dodgers to take over the All-Star come in years to come. Keep an eye out for Verdugo and Alvarez during their appearance at the MLB Futures game.