Lux, Carlson Power Texas League All-Stars
The Texas League has announced its all-star field, and the group is littered with Top 100 talent. The game will be played on June 25 at Hodgetown, the brand-new home of the Amarillo Sod Poodles.
The North is led by two of the Dodgers' top prospects: shortstop Gavin Lux and catcher Keibert Ruiz. Ruiz checks in at No. 18 on the latest iteration of the Top 100 and is followed closely by Lux at No. 22.
Lux's 13 home runs are tied for the league lead, and his .891 OPS is third on the circuit. Ruiz hasn't had the greatest season, numbers-wise, but is holding his own in the Texas League as a 20-year-old.
Springfield's Dylan Carlson opened the season as the league's fourth-youngest player (the youngest non-Padres prospect) and has thrived. His .875 OPS is fourth in the league, and his nine home runs this year are just two off his season total for all of 2018.
Arkansas outfielder Jake Fraley, whom the Mariners acquired from the Rays in the Mike Zunino deal last offseason, has picked up where he left off in 2018. His .946 OPS is the league's second-best, as is his .555 slugging percentage.
There should also be plenty of action on the basepaths with the inclusion of three of the league's top four base burglars (Khalil Lee, D.J. Burt and Dairon Blanco) on the rosters.
On the pitching side, expect a little bit of smoke down in Texas.
Dodgers righthander Dustin May (No. 43 on the Top 100) is the best prospect among both teams' staffs and has racked up 67 strikeouts in 65.1 innings with Tulsa.
He's backed up by Arkansas' Justin Dunn, who came over from the Mets in the offseason megadeal that sent Edwin Diaz(^) and Robinson Cano to New York. The righthander's 72 strikeouts are second in the league, right behind Springfield lefty and fellow all-star Austin Warner.
Once the bullpens come into play, keep your eyes peeled for Corpus Christi righthander Carlos Sanabria and Frisco flamethrower Emmanuel Clase, each of whom are capable of putting triple-digits on the radar gun.
|Gerson Garabito||RHP||NW Arkansas||Royals|
|Ofreidy Gomez||RHP||NW Arkansas||Royals|
|Conner Greene||RHP||NW Arkansas||Royals|
|D.J Burt||3B||NW Arkansas||Royals|
|Gabriel Cancel||2B||NW Arkansas||Royals|
|Khalil Lee||OF||NW Arkansas||Royals|
|Bryan Abreu||RHP||Corpus Christi||Astros|
|Colin McKee||RHP||Corpus Christi||Astros|
|Carlos Sanabria||RHP||Corpus Christi||Astros|
|Abraham Toro||3B||Corpus Christi||Astros|