Juan Gonzalez and Kyle Farmer (right) will represent the Dodgers at the upcoming Futures Game in Cincinnati. The annual game featuring minor league prospects will be played July 12, two days before the All-Star Game.
Gonzalez, 25, has made 22 relief appearances for Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City this year. It’s his second year in the Dodgers organization after starting his career with the Colorado Rockies, who let him go as a minor league free agent.
Farmer, 24, leads all Dodgers full-season minor league position players with his .900 OPS for Tulsa and Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. The catcher/third baseman was chosen in the eighth round of the 2013 draft out of the University of Georgia.
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Update (3:25 p.m.): I asked Dodgers farm director Gabe Kapler about what Gonzalez and Farmer have done to earn their respective selections.
“Juan has really opened some eyes with his consistency, his velocity and some deceptiveness in his delivery,” Kapler said via text message. “We’re thrilled to see a valuable member of our organization be recognized for the leap forward he’s taken in 2015.”
“With Kyle, this is a swing that will play at the major league level,” Kapler said. “He has made a concerted effort to hunt specific pitches to drive and it has shown up in his domination of two separate levels. Kyle has made strides behind the plate and has proven to be a strong defender for us at third base. Remember, this guy was a shortstop [in college]. He’s a true athlete.”
Here’s more on the game from an MLB press release:
Major League Baseball, in conjunction with the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, MLB.com,Baseball America and the 30 Major League Clubs, selected the 25 players currently on each team. Each Major League organization is represented and players from all full-season Minor Leagues were eligible to participate. Complete Futures Game rosters, prospect analysis and rankings can be found at MLB.com/pipeline.
The teams feature 13 former first round draft picks (all U.S.), four players picked in Compensation Round A (U.S. – 3; World – 1) and two second round picks (both U.S.). Among the 13 first round picks, six were selected in the 2014 Draft, three in the 2013 Draft, two in the 2012 Draft and two in the 2011 Draft.
The World Team features players from seven different countries and territories outside the 50 United States. The Dominican Republic is represented by 13 players, followed by Venezuela (5) and Puerto Rico (3). Curacao, Germany, Nicaragua and Taiwan are each represented by one player on the World Team.
The SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game will last nine innings, and in the event of a tie, a 10th inning will be played. The game will not go longer than 10 innings, regardless of the score. Players and coaches will be outfitted in special SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game caps and jerseys.
The Minor League Baseball Umpires who will work the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game are Ron Teague (home plate) of the Texas League, Dan Merzel (first base) of the Eastern League, Javerro January (second base) of the Southern League and Junior Valentine (third base) of the Eastern League.
Here’s BaseballAmerica.com’s write-up of the two rosters.