The 2016 All-Star Futures Game will be held in San Diego on July 10 and two Los Angeles Dodgers will be participating in the competition.

Pitcher Jharel Cotton of Triple-A Oklahoma City and second baseman Willie Calhoun of Double-A Tulsa will sport Dodger Blue at Petco Park against the best prospects in Minor League Baseball.

Cotton, who was born in the U.S. Virgin Islands, has been in the Dodgers farm system since 2012 and worked his way up to Triple-A in 2015. This season for the Oklahoma City Dodgers, Cotton has compiled a record of six and four with a 4.98 ERA.

After being taken in the fourth round of the 2015 MLB Draft, Calhoun, a Northern California product, made enormous strides in the Dodgers’ minor league system and was assigned to Double-A Tulsa at the start of 2016. His numbers this season include 14 HR and 51 RBI over the span of 74 games.

It will be interesting to see the dynamic of these two young players going against each other as Cotton will represent Team World, while Calhoun will be on Team USA’s roster. Team USA has taken each of the past six All-Star Futures Games.
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