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Dodgers’ Kyle Farmer And Juan Gonzalez Play In MLB Futures Game



David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

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Sunday was a special day for a pair of Los Angeles Dodgers prospects. MLB All-Star festivities kicked off with the Futures Game, pitting the best prospects from around the world against the best the United States have to offer.

While it wasn’t Corey Seager and Julio Urias representing the Dodgers, two players from the organization played on Minor League baseball’s biggest stage.

Hitter of the Week – Kyle Farmer

The shortstop-turned-catcher was an eighth-rounder in 2013 and made the transition behind the plate smoothly. He’s thrown out 40 percent of attempted base stealers this year and at the plate is hitting .327 between High-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa with 24 doubles.

In the Futures Game, Farmer went 0-for-2 facing some impressive competition. Still, he hit .333 last week with the Drillers and should be proud to represent the team.

Pitcher of the Week – Juan Gonzalez

Originally signed by the Rockies, Gonzalez came to the Dodgers in 2013 and pitched last year with Double-A Chattanooga. This season, he’s allowed just three runs in 30.2 innings between Double-A and Triple-A Oklahoma City.

In the Futures Game, he faced three batters and struck out two of them. He showed two good pitches — a fastball in the mid 90s and a hard slider. This exposure could lead to Gonzalez being brought up in trade talks or as an injury replacement later in the year.

CONTINUE READING: Update On Julio Urias And Other Dodgers’ Prospects

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