Fans select Cubs No. 20 prospect and Brewers No. 18 prospect to join rosters
By Tom Singer
Infielders Jeimer Candelario of the Cubs and the Brewers' Yadiel Rivera earned inclusion in Saturday's Fall Stars Game in fans' Final Two Vote for the Arizona Fall League's showcase midseason event.
Candelario, of the Mesa Solar Sox, carried 27.8 percent of the votes to land the final berth on the East Division squad, while the Surprise Saguaros' Rivera led West Division candidates with 19.1 percent -- a mere 2.1 percent ahead of Jacob Scavuzzo of Glendale and the Dodgers.
A couple of other additions to the West roster were also announced on Wednesday, as replacements for original selections now ruled out.
This first-ever Fall Stars Final 2 Fan Vote, presented by Bowman Baseball Cards, left it up to fans to choose the 26th men for each Fall-Star team.
Candelario, a 21-year-old switch-hitting New York City native and the Cubs No. 20 prospect, is batting .341 with 11 RBIs in 11 games as Mesa's third baseman, and nine of his 15 hits have been for extra bases, six doubles and three homers.
Rivera, the Brewers' No. 18 prospect, has an OPS of 1.094 in his first 11 games, and has reached base in nearly half of his plate appearances (.489 on-base percentage).
The 10th annual Fall-Stars Game, with first pitch at 8 p.m. ET streaming on MLB.com and live on MLB Network, will feature an assortment of talent on the cusp of the Majors.
The rosters include seven prospects among MLBPipeline.com's Top 100, a total of 37 players ranked among their team's Top 30, and eight first-round Draft selections.
Corey Black, Cubs Ray Black, Giants
Nick Burdi, Twins Abel De Los Santos, Nationals
Kyle Freeland, Rockies
Perci Garner, Indians
Chad Girodo, Blue Jays
Greg Mahle, Angels
Sean Manaea, A's
Adam Miller, D-backs
Adam Ravenelle, Tigers