Young Talent Dots Northwest-Pioneer League All-Star Rosters
The Northwest and Pioneer Leagues will hold their annual all-star game on Aug. 6, and the game's rosters are filled with young talent on both sides. The Diamondbacks in particular are well represented.
The game will feature five representatives apiece from Hillsboro, the team's affiliate in the short-season Northwest League, and Missoula, the team's affiliate in the Rookie-level Pioneer League. Outfielder Kristian Robinson, who ranks No. 4 in Arizona's system, along with another Top 30 talent in righthander Luis Frias. Shortstop Liover Peguero is the team's top representative from Missoula, and he's joined by four of his teammates.
Robinson is second in the NWL in both home runs (nine) and OPS (.964), and Peguero's .373 average is second in the Pioneer League. Hillsboro's Luis Frias leads the NWL in strikeouts with an absurd 72 in 49.1 innings, which puts him seven off of the league leader's mark from all of last season. With a month remaining in the year, he should blow past that total.
Giants fans should be heartened by their team's representatives, who are led by slugging outfielder Franklin Labour. The 21-year-old has swatted 14 home runs this year, and is slashing an excellent .307/.392/.639. The home run total puts him one behind the league leader from 2018.
The highest 2019 draft pick in the game is Everett's George Kirby, whom the Mariners selected with the 20th overall selection. Kirby, a righthander from Elon, has allowed one earned run in 10 innings this season with the Aquasox. The highest pick from the 2018 draft is Orem DH Jeremiah Jackson, whom the Angels selected in the second round and has swatted a Pioneer League-best 14 home runs.
Another intriguing player to watch is Dodgers prospect Andy Pages, who is 18 years old and is one of four players in the Pioneer League with 10 home runs and has a 1.004 OPS that ranks fifth on the circuit.
|Adam Kloffenstein||RHP||Vancouver||Blue Jays|
|Yorman Rodriguez||IF||Vancouver||Blue Jays|
|Trevor Schweke||IF||Vancouver||Blue Jays|
|Anderson Bido||RHP||Grand Junction||Rockies|
|Karsen Lindell||RHP||Rocky Mountain||Brewers|
|Ramon Pineda||RHP||Great Falls||White Sox|
|Chih-Ting Wang||LHP||Idaho Falls||Royals|
|Avery Weems||LHP||Great Falls||White Sox|
|Michael Emodi||C||Idaho Falls||Royals|
|Eddy Diaz||IF||Grand Junction||Rockies|
|Clay Dungan||IF||Idaho Falls||Royals|
|Christian Koss||IF||Grand Junction||Rockies|
|Harvin Mendoza||IF||Great Falls||White Sox|
|Micah Bello||OF||Rocky Mountain||Brewers|
|Colin Simpson||OF||Grand Junction||Rockies|