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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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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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De Jong named Texas League Pitcher of the Year

Rich Crimi/Tulsa Drillers

Rich Crimi/Tulsa Drillers

By Jon Weisman

Double-A Tulsa right-hander Chase De Jong was named Pitcher of the Year in the Texas League, which also placed second baseman Willie Calhoun and outfielder Alex Verdugo on its All-Star Team.

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Farm Fresh: August 17 minors highlights

By Josh Gurnick

Here are the highlights from the Dodger farm system for August 17, including an immaculate start and a memorable finish …

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Farm fresh: Minor League weekend highlights

By Josh Gurnick

Here are weekend highlights from the Dodger farm system, including series sweeps and a flurry of homers…

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Farm fresh: Deadline deal creates room for new trio in Top 30 Prospects list

By Cary Osborne

When the Dodgers dealt Grant Holmes, Frankie Montas and Jharel Cotton to Oakland on Monday for Josh Reddick and Rich Hill, it had the effect of a game of Tetris on their MLB.com Top 30 Prospects list.

The Dodgers’ traded their No. 1 ranking among MLB’s 30 farm systems for a No. 5. And a block of players moved into the list and others shifted into spots previously occupied by the departed trio.

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Farm Fresh: Meet the powerful Edwin Rios

Edwin Rios has hit 20 homers this season. Photo: Steve Saenz

Edwin Rios has hit 20 homers this season. Photo: Steve Saenz

By Cary Osborne

It took Dodger minor-league third baseman Edwin Rios 36 games to do what no other High-A Rancho Cucamonga Quake has done in 95 games — hit 14 home runs.

What Brock Stewart is for pitchers in the Dodger farm system in 2016, Rios is for position players — lesser knowns a year ago who have launched themselves quickly this year.

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Failure is no option for both Willie Calhouns

Willie Calhoun

Willie Calhoun

By Cary Osborne

Since June 18, 2015, the date of his professional debut, Dodgers No. 11 prospect Willie Calhoun is tied with Cody Bellinger for the most home runs in the Dodger minor league system with 28. He leads the Dodger chain with 17 homers this year.

The 5-foot-7-inch second baseman, who represented the Dodgers in the 2016 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at San Diego’s Petco Park on Sunday, isn’t close to reaching his power potential either.

So said Willie Calhoun — the 21-year-old’s father, Willie Calhoun Sr., that is.

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Six Dodgers in Baseball America Top 100 update

Cody Bellinger (Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

By Jon Weisman

Despite this year’s promotions of Corey Seager and Julio Urias and the debut of American rookie Kenta Maeda, Baseball America included six Dodgers in its Midseason Top 100 Prospects update.

Cody Bellinger (24), Jose De Leon (25), Alex Verdugo (44), Grant Holmes (60), Frankie Montas (82) and Willie Calhoun (98) were the Dodgers listed.

By comparison, the season-opening 2016 Baseball America 100 had Seager (1), Urías (4), De Leon (23), Maeda (50), Bellinger (54), Holmes (72) and Verdugo (100).

The new list does not include anyone taken in the 2016 draft or signed internationally this month.