LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers’ Class-A affiliate in Rancho Cucamonga has one of its most impressive rosters in recent years in 2017, and on Tuesday was recognized with six players chosen to play for the South Division in the California League All-Star Game.
Catcher Will Smith, the Dodgers’ first-round supplemental pick in 2016, and outfielder Luke Raley were both elected to start for the South, while outfielder DJ Peters, first baseman Ibandel Isabel, and pitchers Dennis Santana and Caleb Ferguson were selected as reserves.
The Cal League All-Star team will be played on Tuesday, June 20 in Visalia.
Smith is hitting .239/.372/.431 in 55 games, and has thrown out 52% of runners trying to steal. In addition to catching, Smith has started games at third base and second base this season.
Raley, drafted by the Dodgers in the seventh round last year, is hitting .291/.375/.464 with nine doubles, seven home runs, four triples, and eight steals this season.
Isabel leads the Cal League with 15 home runs, hitting .240/.329/.480.
Peters, the Glendora High School native drafted in the fourth round in 2016, is hitting .248/.359/.459 with 10 home runs.
Santana, 21, has a 2.90 ERA in the hitter-friendly league in 11 games, including nine starts, with 52 strikeouts and 15 walks in 49⅔ innings.
Ferguson, 20, has also excelled in the offensive environment, posting a 3.26 ERA in his 11 games, including 10 starts, with 47 strikeouts and 24 walks in 47 innings.
The All-Star format is different this year, after years of the Cal League playing the Carolina League in a midsummer exhibition. But with two Cal League teams — Bakersfield and High Desert — folding and moving after 2016, this year the Cal League is on its own, with the North playing the South in their All-Star Game.