The Minor League All-Star games are quickly approaching and another Los Angeles Dodgers affiliate is sending a half dozen prospects to a midsummer classic. MiLB.com has announced that O’Koyea Dickson, Scott Schebler, Darnell Sweeney, Tyson Brummett, Chris Reed and Juan Noriega have made the Southern League All Star Game. Let’s take a look at how these Dodgers prospects made their way onto the roster.
O’Koyea Dickson, 1B
The 24-year-old Dickson got off to a slow start, but has put together a respectable season thus far. In 66 games, he’s hit .256/.337/.463 with 16 doubles and 11 home runs, which is tied for fourth in the league. Dickson will come off the bench for the Northern team.
Darnell Sweeney, 2B
Sweeney has had himself a season, placing sixth in the Southern League with a .306 and an .858 OPS. He also is tied for second with 19 doubles. Sweeney has played shortstop since Erisbel Arruebarrena went to LA and then to Albuquerque, but he is much better suited for second, where he’ll start in the All-Star festivities.
Scott Schebler, OF
After winning the Dodgers’ Branch Rickey award in 2013, Schebler had something to prove with the Lookouts this season. So far, so good, as the 23-year-old right fielder earned a starting spot in the game. He’s third in the league with 12 home runs.
Tyson Brummett, SP
Brummett isn’t much of a prospect, as he’ll turn 30 in August, but he’s certainly had a great season thus far. Through his first four starts, his ERA was 0.39. It’s up to 2.63 now, which is still good for sixth in the league.
Chris Reed, SP
Coming into the year, Dodgers Nation ranked Reed as the eighth best prospect in the Dodgers’ system. Reed is living up to the label, as he’s posted a 3.25 ERA through 14 starts with a strikeout an inning and a .213 batting average against.
Juan Noriega, RP
The 5’7 right-hander showed a knuckleball this spring, but hasn’t needed it in the summer as he’s put up a 2.97 ERA in 23 games. Noriega has struck out 36 batters in 33.1 innings and has yet to allow a home run, which is impressive given his diminutive size.
It’s also worth noting that outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker was named to the squad, but has since been promoted to Albuquerque. This is the most prospects the Dodgers have placed on an All Star team this season.
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