Carlos Rincon wins MWL home run hitting contest
Yesterday marked a few minor league all-star game festivities and two Dodger prospects played prominent roles. Some roles are more prominent than others.
Carlos Rincon the 19-year-old power hitting prospect for the Great Lake Loons won the Home run derby contest over Vlad Guerrero Junior. Vlad is considered the best prospect in the MidWest league so a tip of the hat to the young Rincon for scoring an upset.
The two teenagers from the Dominican Republic brought a special combination of power, excitement and fun to the home of the Great Lakes Loons—the Dodgers’ affiliate and Rincon’s regular season field—and gave a crowd that stuck through hours of rain delays everything it had been hoping for through three hard-fought rounds of competition, eventually seeing the Loons outfielder take the crown.
“This is more fun that I can imagine,” Rincon said through his manager and translator Jeremy Rodriguez. “Every time I hit a home run I could feel the energy from the crowd screaming. That just gave me more energy to hit home runs, because I love the energy from the fans, and the fans definitely helped me win tonight.”
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Not to be outdone, Luke Raley of the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes was part of a group who won the cow milking contest.
Raley, the Dodgers’ seventh-round pick in 2016, celebrated by drinking some of his freshly squeezed milk and convinced his teammates to take a victory sip as well.
“That was the first time I’ve ever milked a cow,” said Raley, a native of Hinckley, Ohio. “I did all right for my first time I think. The milk tasted pretty good actually. A little warm. I can’t complain.”