As the minor league season system is a month shorter than its major league counterpart, each league’s All-Star games occur about a month prior to the big league event. So far, two leagues, the Midwest League and California League, have released their All Star rosters. A pair of Rancho Cucamonga Quakes made the cut, along with a trio of Loons. Let’s take a look at who’s going to the midsummer classic.
Corey Seager, SS, Quakes
This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who has been following Seager this year. The 20-year-old shortstop is batting .335/.388/.573 through 50 games with a league-leading 21 doubles, two triples and eight home runs. Although he missed the end of April, Seager dominated during May, batting .400 and is a shoe-in to earn Dodgers’ Pride honors for the month.
Chris Jacobs, 1B, Quakes
The 25-year-old first baseman, has displayed his enormous raw power throughout the California League. Jacobs tied for ninth in the circuit with 10 home runs and is slugging .495 overall. It’s about time Jacobs is tested against more advanced pitching, so he should be challenged by a promotion to Double-A this season.
Kyle Farmer, C, Loons
Farmer was converted from shortstop to catcher after signing as an eighth-rounder last season. The change has thus far proven to be a success for the 23-year-old. Farmer has managed to adapt to his new position fairly well, aside from the occasional passed ball. He’s not struggling at the plate, batting .315/.367/.464 in the pitcher-friendly Midwest League. A late-season call-up to Rancho wouldn’t come as a surprise.
Joey Curletta, OF, Loons
The Dodgers’ 2012 sixth round pick struggled in his debut, batting just .149 in 25 games with the Arizona League Dodgers. He moved up to Ogden in 2013 and hit .326 in 62 games. This year, Curletta got off to a blazing start, batting .368 in April before cooling off in May. He’s struggled of late, hitting .162 in his last 10 games. Righties have given Curletta some issues as his OPS against them is just .710, compared to a 1.019 clip against lefties.
Mark Pope, RHP, Loons
Signed as a fifth rounder by the Padres in 2011, Pope has had a difficult career but seems to have turned the corner in his first year with the Dodgers. A starter for his first three seasons, he was released by the Padres in March of 2013 before being picked up by the Braves three days later. They released him in early May and he ended up joining an Independent League team in July.
After making 11 appearances for them, Pope signed a minor league deal with Los Angeles in January 2014. So far, the results have been stellar. In 22 innings, he’s allowed just one run on 11 hits and struck out 24. Pope should move up the system fairly quickly and could give the club a usable bullpen arm in the not too distant future.
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