Leach and De Jesus in "Rising Stars" Game

The Arizona Fall League stages its third annual Rising Stars Game on Friday, October 24 at Surprise Stadium, the spring home of the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers. The Rising Stars Game is scheduled for a World Series travel day to fill a void for baseball fans.

Scouting and minor league directors of every major-league organization, in consultation with Fall League Executive Director Steve Cobb and his baseball personnel staff, selected the players for the showcase. Each major-league organization is represented by at least one player.

The Dodgers will be represented by shortstop Ivan De Jesus and relief pitcher Brent Leach. Both played for Jacksonville in 2008. De Jesus hit .324 over 128 games with 150 hits, 21 doubles seven home runs and 58 runs batted in. He stole 16 bases in 18 attempts. Leach was 2-2 with a 2.88 earned run average. Working in 40 games, he saved 12 and struck out 49 in 58 innings.

Friday night's contest pits standouts from the Fall League's two realigned and renamed divisions, the American and National. The American Division will field players from the Saguaros (Cardinals, Mets, Nationals, Padres, White Sox), Scorpions (Angels, Astros, Giants, Pirates, Red Sox), and Solar Sox (Braves, Cubs, Marlins, Phillies, Tigers).

The National Division roster will be comprised of players from the four-time defending champion Desert Dogs (Athletics, Blue Jays, Diamondbacks, Rockies, Twins), Javelinas (Brewers, Mariners, Rays, Reds, Yankees), and Rafters (Dodgers, Indians, Orioles, Rangers, Royals).

Mesa Solar Sox right-hander Tommy Hanson (ATL), the week-two Arizona Fall League pitcher-of-the-week, is the scheduled starting pitcher for the American Division. He will be opposed by Peoria Javelinas right-hander Philip Hughes (NYY).

"The Fall League is proud to field six teams stocked with the top prospects in baseball six days a week for six weeks every year," Cobb offers.

"Friday, we narrow the focus to 50 players who have been selected to participate based upon evaluations of baseball professionals at the team level. We take pride in what the future holds for these young men." For many, the future holds the major leagues.

Two years ago, the inaugural Rising Stars included shortstops Yunel Escobar (Braves), and Troy Tulowitzki (Rockies), third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff (Padres), and outfielders Ryan Braun (Brewers), Jacoby Ellsbury (Red Sox), and Hunter Pence (Astros).

Last year, the names changed but the destination was the same for shortstop Jed Lowrie (Red Sox), pitcher Charlie Morton (Braves), and outfielder Ryan Sweeney (Athletics).

Eighty-three players from the 2006 Arizona Fall League reached the major leagues in 2007. Last year's Class of 2007 graduated 86 players to the big leagues in 2008.

Arizona League Action Oct. 20
The Surprise Rafters, whose roster the Dodger players in the league are attached to, topped Phoenix in Arizona League action, scoring three times in the bottom of the eighth to pull out a 10-9 win.

Only two Dodger players saw action; Andrew Lambo was 1-for-3 and is hitting .368, while Travis Schlichting worked 2/3 of an inning and allowed one hit and one unearned run, the result of an error he made himself.

Other Dodgers players: shortstop Ivan De Jesus and catcher Lucas May, did not play. Nor did pitchers Justin Orenduff, Brent Leach or Jesus Castillo.

De Jesus and May are the only players qualified on the statistical charts (you need .4 at bat per game played to qualify).

Their records:

	         ave  gm ab  r  h 2b 3b hr bi
Ivan De Jesus	.281  8  32  2  9  2  0  0  4
Lucas May	.143  6  21  1  3  1  0  0  1
Pitchers who have qualified:

	        w-l   era gm gs in  h  bb  so
T Schlichting	0-0  0.00  4  3  3  3   1  2
Jesus Castillo	0-0  0.00  1  0  2  2   0  2
Justin Orenduff	0-0  2.57  2  2  7  6   1  4
Brent Leach	0-0 11.57  4  0  6  8   4  2

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