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: