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Smith and Quackenbush Named PCL All-Stars

Catcher and pitcher selected to represent OKC Dodgers in 2019 Triple-A All-Star Game June 10

OKC Dodgers catcher Will Smith (left) and right-handed pitcher Kevin Quackenbush were named to the 2019 PCL All-Star Team. Photos by Cody Roper/OKC Dodgers.

Two Oklahoma City Dodgers players have been selected to represent the Pacific Coast League in the Ronald McDonald House Charities 2019 Triple-A All-Star Game, the league announced Wednesday.

Oklahoma City Dodgers catcher Will Smith and relief pitcher Kevin Quackenbush made the PCL All-Star Team, which will face off against the International League All-Stars July 10 in the 32nd annual Triple-A All-Star Game at Southwest University Park in El Paso, Texas.

Will Smith has split time between the OKC and Los Angeles Dodgers this season. Photo by Cody Roper/OKC Dodgers.

Smith, 24, has split the season between the OKC Dodgers and Los Angeles Dodgers and was the leading vote-getter at catcher among PCL field managers, general managers, media and broadcasters.

He is slashing .291/.397/.609 with Oklahoma City this season. Despite appearing in just 49 of the team’s 76 games, Smith leads OKC with 38 runs scored, is tied for the team lead with 14 home runs, ranks second with 39 RBI and third with 31 walks.

Smith hit home runs in a career-high five consecutive games June 12–17 and homered in six of seven games June 12–21 before being recalled by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Louisville, Ky., native originally had his contract selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers May 27 and he made his Major League debut the next day, hitting a single in his first at-bat against the New York Mets. He finished with two hits in his debut, becoming one of six players in Dodgers history to collect at least two hits in his debut.

Smith has appeared in nine games with Los Angeles, going 7-for-26 with three home runs. He hit his first MLB home run in the bottom of the ninth inning June 1, beating Philadelphia with the game-winning solo shot.

He gave the Dodgers a third walk-off win in a row June 23 with a game-winning three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 6–3 win against Colorado. His homer capped the first time in MLB history rookies hit walk-off homers in three straight games.

This marks Smith’s second career midseason All-Star selection, as he was also named a 2017 California League All-Star with High-A Rancho Cucamonga.

Kevin Quackenbush has appeared in 203 career Major League games. Photo by Cody Roper/OKC Dodgers.

Quackenbush, 30, has been a steady presence in the OKC bullpen throughout the first half of the season and was selected to the PCL All-Star roster by the league office.

He currently ranks third in the PCL with 31 appearances, and among PCL relievers, is tied for first with 54 strikeouts. So far this season Quackenbush has posted a 3.22 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and .230 opponent batting average. He’s notched 54 strikeouts against just nine walks across 36.1 innings. He has also converted all three of his save chances.

Over his last 16 outings, Quackenbush has allowed two runs and 12 hits with 26 strikeouts over 15.2 innings.

The right-hander is in his first season the Dodgers organization after signing as a free agent this past offseason and has appeared in 203 career Major League games with the San Diego Padres and Cincinnati Reds.

This is his third career midseason All-Star selection and second consecutive trip to the Triple-A All-Star Game after participating with the Louisville Bats last season.

The PCL roster is made up of 13 elected players who received the most votes from ballots submitted by club’s field managers and general managers, members of the media and broadcasters and online fan voting. The elected players are joined by 20 additional All-Stars selected by PCL officials.

The roster features players from all 16 PCL clubs, including 24 who have made their Major League debut this year, or prior to this year.

The 2019 Triple-A All-Star Game will be broadcast live starting at 8 p.m. Central time on MLB Network, MiLB.TV, the MiLB First Pitch App and the Triple-A All-Star Game Radio Network, including locally in OKC on AM 1340 “The Game.”

The PCL will look for its third consecutive victory in the Triple-A All-Star Game after winning the 2018 meeting, 12–7, at Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio.

The International League is 13–8 overall in the 21 years since the event changed to the current IL versus PCL format.

2019 PCL ALL-STAR TEAM ROSTER

Players Elected:

C-Will Smith, Oklahoma City Dodgers (Los Angeles Dodgers)

1B-Kevin Cron, Reno Aces (Arizona Diamondbacks)

2B-Keston Hiura, San Antonio Missions (Milwaukee Brewers)

3B-Pat Valaika, Albuquerque Isotopes (Colorado Rockies)

SS-Luis Urias, El Paso Chihuahuas (San Diego Padres)

OF-Yonathan Daza, Albuquerque Isotopes (Colorado Rockies)

OF-Sam Hilliard, Albuquerque Isotopes (Colorado Rockies)

OF-Kyle Tucker, Round Rock Express (Houston Astros)

DH-Yadiel Hernandez, Fresno Grizzlies (Washington Nationals)

SP-Jake Woodford, Memphis Redbirds (St. Louis Cardinals)

SP-Colin Rea, Iowa Cubs (Chicago Cubs)

RP-Jimmie Sherfy, Reno Aces (Arizona Diamondbacks)

RP-Jay Jackson, San Antonio Missions (Milwaukee Brewers)

Players Selected:

C-Austin Allen, El Paso Chihuahuas (San Diego Padres)

C-David Frietas, San Antonio Missions (Milwaukee Brewers)

IF-Isan Diaz, New Orleans Baby Cakes (Miami Marlins)

IF-Ty France, El Paso Chihuahuas (San Diego Padres)

IF-Jorge Mateo, Las Vegas Aviators (Oakland Athletics)

IF-Rangel Ravelo, Memphis Redbirds (St. Louis Cardinals)

IF-Tyler Saladino, San Antonio Missions (Milwaukee Brewers)

IF-Yasmany Tomas, Reno Aces (Arizona Diamondbacks)

OF-Bubba Starling, Omaha Storm Chasers (Kansas City Royals)

OF-Taylor Ward, Salt Lake Bees (Los Angeles Angels)

P-Fernando Abad, Sacramento River Cats (San Francisco Giants)

P-Dakota Bacus, Fresno Grizzlies (Washington Nationals)

P-Paul Blackburn, Las Vegas Aviators (Oakland Athletics)

P-David Carpenter, Nashville Sounds (Texas Rangers)

P-Seth Maness, Nashville Sounds (Texas Rangers)

P-Parker Markel, Tacoma Rainiers (Seattle Mariners)

P-Kevin Quackenbush, Oklahoma City Dodgers (Los Angeles Dodgers)

P-Sam Selman, Sacramento River Cats (San Francisco Giants)

P-Cy Sneed, Round Rock Express (Houston Astros)

P-Pat Venditte, Sacramento River Cats (San Francisco Giants)

Field Staff:

Manager-Dave Brundage, Sacramento River Cats (San Francisco Giants)

Coach-Eric Martins, Las Vegas Aviators (Oakland Athletics)

Coach-Pat Rice, Salt Lake Bees (Los Angeles Angels)

Trainer-Dan Turner, El Paso Chihuahuas (San Diego Padres)

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Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson

Communications Manager for the Oklahoma City Dodgers