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Four OKC Dodgers tabbed Triple-A All-Stars

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OKC’s Alex Verdugo is one of the hottest players currently in the Pacific Coast League.
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OKLAHOMA CITY – Four Oklahoma City Dodgers are headed to the CHI Franciscan Health Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday in Tacoma, Wash. representing the Pacific Coast League.

The Dodgers are tied with the Reno Aces for the most representatives on the PCL All-Star roster.

Three of the local guys were selected by a vote of league field managers, general managers, and broadcasters/media—second baseman Willie Calhoun, outfielder Alex Verdugo and starting pitcher Wilmer Font. Relief pitcher Madison Youngier was named as a reserve player.

Calhoun has belted 19 home runs this year, fourth best in the league at the break. He is currently tied for second with 183 total bases and sixth with a .575 slugging percentage. Calhoun has 35 RBI since June 8, the most in the PCL in the last month. He is a native of Mission Viejo, Calif.

And was drafted by the Dodgers in the fourth round in 2015 from Yavapai (Ariz.) College. Font (6-5) leads all the Minor Leagues with 119 strikeouts and paces the PCL with 13.2 strikeouts per nine innings, and ranks among the league leaders with a 1.17 WHIP (2nd) and a 4.08 ERA (8th). Font, a 27-year- old Venezuelan, racked up a team-record 15 strikeouts May 15 against Sacramento at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, marking the most strikeouts in a single game by an OKC pitcher since the team rejoined the PCL in 1998. He signed as a free agent with the Dodgers in December 2016.

Baseball America has tabbed Verdugo as one of seven players to watch Wednesday night. The 21-year- old outfielder is widely considered the best prospect among position players in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ farm system. He currently leads OKC with 103 hits (fifth in the PCL) and a .346 batting average (4th). His on-base percentage of .416 also ranks fourth in the league.

A 2014 second round pick from Tucson, Verdugo leads the Dodgers with 29 multi-hit games.

Younginer, 26, ranks among the league's top relievers this season, posting a 3.43 ERA with six saves. His .168 opponent average ranks first among PCL relievers, as does his 7.79 baserunners per nine innings, while his 11.69 strikeouts per nine innings ranks fourth. Younginer signed with the Dodgers as a free agent November 2016.

The PCL All-Stars will meet the INgternational League All-Stars at Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium.

The game will be broadcast live on MLB Network, the American Forces Network, MiLB.TV, the MiLB First Pitch App and the Triple-A All-Star Game Radio Network at 8 p.m. (CDT).

Since the series began in 1998 between the two leagues, the IL leads 12-7 including four straight wins.

Oklahoma City heads into the All-Star break with a 49-40 record and in second place in the PCL’s American North Division. The Dodgers are 6.5 games behind division leader Colorado Springs.

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