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Willie Calhoun MVP of AFL Fall Stars Game

By Jon Weisman

Dodger second-base prospect Willie Calhoun went 3 for 3 with a home run to win Most Valuable Player honors and lead the West team to a 12-4 victory over the East at the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game tonight.

Calhoun, who turned 22 Friday, singled and scored in a four-run second inning, hit an RBI single in a four-run third inning and knocked a two-run homer in the fifth. In 2016 with Double-A Tulsa, Calhoun hit 27 homers and 25 doubles in 503 at-bats and slugged .469.

Cody Bellinger, the Dodgers’ No. 1 prospect, added a two-run homer in the sixth. The left-handed swinger hit his off 6-foot-7 southpaw Jared Miller, an Arizona Diamondbacks farmhand.

Bellinger, Calhoun follow AFL Fall Stars path of Pederson, Seager

By Cary Osborne

Top Dodger prospects Cody Bellinger and Willie Calhoun are selections for tonight’s Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game, which will be played at 5 p.m. PDT and broadcast live on MLB Network. Fifteen of baseball’s top 100 prospects were selected for the game — including Bellinger (31) and Calhoun (87).

Joc Pederson (2012) and Corey Seager (2013 and 2014) are Dodgers who have played in recent Fall Stars games. Some of the biggest stars in baseball — Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Kris Bryant and Nolan Arenado — have also played in it, as well.

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Stewart wins award as top starting pitcher in minors

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Brock Stewart, recently named the Dodgers’ top pitching prospect, has won the award from Minor League Baseball — the MiLBY — as its top starting pitcher. Stewart, whom we’ve chronicled throughout the year, was the subject of a new feature by Tyler Maun of MiLB.com.

— Jon Weisman

Farm fresh: Cody Bellinger and Brock Stewart named 2016 top prospects

Cody Bellinger. Photo by Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Cody Bellinger. Photo by Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

By Cary Osborne

The team at MLB.com’s MLB Pipeline announced its organizational Prospects of the Year today for every Major League team. They chose Brock Stewart as the Dodgers’ Top Pitching Prospect and Cody Bellinger as the Top Hitting Prospect.

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Dodger minor leaguers up for a slew of MiLBYS

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By Cary Osborne

The Dodger farm system started the season on top and fans can help make it end the season in the same spot.

Fans can vote here for the 2016 MiLBYS, the MiLB.com awards for the best of the year in the minor leagues.

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Farm Fresh: Edwin Rios powered his way to Player of the Year

Steve Saenz/Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

Steve Saenz/Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

By Cary Osborne

It was hard not to be impressed at just the sight of Edwin Rios, the Dodgers’ Branch Rickey Minor League Player of the Year.

The 22-year-old corner infielder made a Dodger Stadium debut of sorts September 24, collecting his award prior to that night’s Dodgers-Rockies game.

After a homer barrage earlier this season for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, I emailed Quakes public relations director Mike Lindskog and asked him if the power was real, being that the California League is a known hitters’ league.

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Dodger farm system became a production company in 2016

Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images

Cody Bellinger (Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

By Cary Osborne

What good are baseball prospects if they don’t move?

The Dodgers came into 2016 with the top farm system in baseball across the board, according to MLB.com, Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus. They had five prospects in MLB.com’s preseason Top 100 Prospects list. And all five moved.

No. 1 overall prospect Corey Seager will, in all likelihood, be the National League Rookie of the Year. MLB.com No. 4 prospect Julio Uriás graduated from the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers as a teenager and showed rapid progress in the Majors with Los Angeles. No. 24 prospect Jose De León knocked on the door so hard that the Dodgers answered in September, calling him up and watching him contribute to wins right away. In addition, the Dodgers moved No. 62 Grant Holmes and No. 95 Frankie Montas to Oakland in the deal for Rich Hill and Josh Reddick.

In all, seven Dodger minor-leaguers made their Major League debut this year. Many others raised their game, climbed the ladder and gave the Dodger farm good reason to be highly regarded next year as well.

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Great Lakes wins Midwest League title

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Photo: Great Lakes Loons

By Jon Weisman

From the start of the Midwest League regular season through the end of the playoffs today, the Great Lakes Loons won 72 games and lost 78.

But the Dodgers’ Single-A affiliate is the champion of the league.

Twice rallying from three-run deficits today, Great Lakes won Game 4 of the Midwest League Finals, 9-8, to take the crown.

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Loons closer to a title, OKC Dodgers’ hopes fade

By Cary Osborne

One Dodger minor league partner is one win away from a league championship, while the other saw it season end Saturday night.

The Dodgers’ Single-A partner the Great Lakes Loons defeated the Clinton LumberKings (Mariners) 4-0 at their home park Dow Diamond on Saturday to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five Midwest League Championship Series.

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Anderson thrives, Oklahoma City stays alive in PCL

By Jon Weisman

After Brett Anderson pitched five strong innings, Triple-A Oklahoma City scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to rally for a 4-2 victory over El Paso in Game 3 of the Pacific Coast League finals.

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