Dodgers’ Prospects to Watch in the 2019 MLB Futures Game
The All-Star break is approaching for the Dodgers with the final game before the break coming on Sunday. Sunday is also the 2019 MLB futures game.
Several Dodgers will be participating in the MLB All-Star game on Tuesday in Cleveland, Ohio. First up before the MLB All-Star festivities is the MLB futures game on Sunday, also in Cleveland. This year the format is different compared to previous seasons. In the prior seasons, the futures game was divided as World Vs. USA rosters. This season it is strictly in NL vs. AL format.
The Dodgers have one of the top farm systems in the game but will only see two prospects playing in the 2019 futures game. Those two prospects are right-hander Dustin May and shortstop/second baseman Gavin Lux. Both Lux and May started their seasons in Double-A for the Tulsa Drillers and were recently promoted to Triple-A to play for the OKC Dodgers.
Dustin May currently ranks as the Dodgers’ top starting pitching prospect. He flashed some of his potential with several strong outings in spring training against MLB starting lineups. In Tulsa, he pitched to a 3.74 ERA in fifteen starts and has made just one start in Oklahoma City where he went five innings and allowed two earned runs.
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His best start of the season in his final start at the Double-A level in which he struck out fourteen batters in seven shutout innings while allowing just two base hits. With Rich Hill in question for the remainder of the season, it will be interesting to see if the Dodgers call May up later this season. His repertoire can help out of the pen or rotation as he possesses power stuff.
Gavin Lux is the other Dodgers’ prospect in the futures game and has played shortstop for most of his season. Although he is viewed by most as the future second baseman in LA, he continues to play at shortstop. Lux mashed thirteen home runs with a .896 OPS in Tulsa and has followed it up with a strong start in OKC hitting .519 in twenty-seven at-bats.
The only question left for Lux in the minor leagues is which position does he become a regular at in the big leagues? His defense remains his one weakness and he has ten errors at shortstop this season. Lux had issues throwing to first base earlier this season but seems to have overcome those.
The one glaring omission for the Dodgers’ this futures game is Keibert Ruiz but he remains LA’s top prospect. Make sure to tune into the futures game on Sunday, and catch a peek of the future with Dustin May and Gavin Lux both playing for the National League team.