Fourteen Cal League All-Stars from Inland-area teams
By Landon Negri
The elimination of the California-Carolina League All-Star format and the subsequent elimination of the High Desert Mavericks and Bakersfield Blaze opened up plenty of All-Star spots, and Inland-area minor league baseball teams reaped benefits Tuesday.
Fourteen area Cal Leaguers — six from the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, five from the Lake Elsinore Storm and three Inland Empire 66ers — made the South Division team when the Cal League All-Star Game rosters were announced.
The group is led by Lake Elsinore right-hander Cal Quantrill, the highest ranking prospect of the three Inland teams, according to Baseball America. Quantrill, the son of former major-leaguer Paul Quantrill, joins fellow Storm pitchers Joey Lucchesi and Eric Lauer — the league’s ERA leader — for the game June 20 at Visalia’s Rawhide Ballpark.
This year marks the Cal League’s first all-star game since the interleague High-Class A format was disbanded after last year’s game. The Cal and Carolina leagues had pitted all-stars against each other every year since 1996 — except for 1998, when a scheduling conflict led to the Cal League playing its own game. This season features an All-Star team from the four North Division teams against the four South Division clubs.
Outfielders D.J. Peters, a former Glendora High standout, and Luke Raley lead the all-stars from Rancho Cucamonga. Joining them will be pitchers Caleb Ferguson and Dennis Santana, catcher Will Smith and infielder Ibandel Isabel.
Josh Naylor, the Padres prospect who came to the organization from the Miami Marlins last year in the Andrew Cashner trade, also made the South Division team for the Storm. So did reliever Colby Blueberg, a Cal League All-Star for a second straight year. Colby’s father, Jim, played in the Cal League All-Star Game for the San Bernardino Spirit in 1988.
Three 66ers made the team — pitchers Jaime Barria and Jose Rodriguez, as […]