Catcher Keibert Ruiz and pitcher Dustin May have been added to the eastern division roster where they will represent the Great Lakes Loons at the 2017 Midwest League All Star Game which will take place June, 19-20 at Dow Diamond in Midland, MI.
Ruiz, an 18 year old catcher/utility player who was signed as an international free agent at the age of 16 from Valencia, Venezuela is currently hitting .291 with 9-doubles and 14-RBI's in 42-games for the Loons this year.
Known for his ability to play any defensive position in the field, Ruiz, who is currently ranked as the No. 20 prospect in the Dodgers organization (according to Baseball America) can also get it done with the bat, which is proven by his .329 career minor league batting average.
Ruiz hit an even .300 as a 16 year old for the Dodgers in the 2015 Dominican Summer League, then went on to hit .485 early in 2016 in the Arizona rookie league, before moving up to the 2016 Ogden (UT.) Raptors in the Pioneer rookie league, where he hit .354 in 48 games.
May, a 19 year old right-hand pitcher who was selected by the Dodgers in the third round of the 2016 MLB draft out of Northwest H.S. in Justin, Texas is currently 3-2 as a starter with a 3.93 ERA in 11-starts for the Loons this season.
He had a 3.86 ERA in 5-starts for the Dodgers in the Arizona rookie league before joining the Loons this season.
The 6-foot-6 May is currently ranked the No. 11 prospect in the Dodgers organization according to Baseball America, boasting an impressive 54-8 strikeout to walk ratio for the Loons this year and a career minor league ERA of 3.90 since his 2016 rookie league season.
Loons reliever Angel German (1-0, 0.00 ERA) a 6-foot-4 right-hand pitcher (who routinely hits 101-MPH on the radar gun) from Bani, Dominican Republic was left off the eastern division All Star roster despite not allowing a single run this year in 10 games.
The 21 year old German has 2-saves in his 3-save opportunities, allowing just 9-hits and 8-walks, while striking out 25-batters through 17 1/3 innings as the Loons top closer this year.
Some of the other notable all stars from around the MWL this year are: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of the Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto Blue Jays No. 1 prospect), Bo Bichette also from Lansing (Toronto Blue Jays No. 8 prospect), Dylan Cease of the South Bend Cubs (Chicago Cubs No. 4 prospect).
More all stars from the 2017 MWLASG: Anfernee Grier of the Kane County (IL.) Cougars (Arizona Diamondbacks No. 6 prospect), Jesus Sanchez of the Bowling Green (KY.) Hot Rods (Tampa Bay Rays No. 7 prospect) and Fernando Tatis Jr. of the Fort Wayne (IN.) Tincaps (San Diego Padres No. 17 prospect).
Both Guerrero Jr. and Tatis Jr. are the respective sons of famous Major League baseball players Vladimir Guerrero and Fernando Tatis.
On June, 19 the gates to Dow Diamond will open at 3 pm for the 2017 High School All Star game featuring senior baseball players from high school baseball teams throughout the Midland, Saginaw, Bay City, and Mt. Pleasant areas. First pitch is set for 4:05 pm.
Following the H.S. All Star Game will be the MWL Home Run Derby featuring 8 of the All Stars (4 from the eastern division and 4 from the western division) using a shot-clock system format with timed rounds through the finals. All Stars from the MWL teams who are not competing in the Home Run Derby will be signing autographs in the concourse at Dow Diamond during the home run derby.
Monday's events will be capped with a concert on the Dow Diamond front lawn featuring Nashville recording artist Chris Weaver, which is a free event open to the public on the lawn of Dow Diamond.
On Tue June, 20 is the 2017 MWL east-west All Star Game which is set to start at 7:05 pm at Dow Diamond.