Reds pitching prospect Ben Lively has been pegged as the starting pitcher for the California League when it squares off against the Carolina League on June 17 in an All-Star Game.
Lively, Cincinnati's fourth round pick in the 2013 draft out of the University of Central Florida, has posted an impressive 9-1 record and 1.95 ERA in 12 starts for the Single-A Bakersfield Blaze this season. Lively has limited opposing batters to just 50 hits and 13 walks in 74 innings pitched. Furthermore, the Florida native owns 86 strikeouts and a K/BB ratio of 6.62.
Lively currently ranks as the 12th-best prospect in the Reds farm system according to MLB.com.
Also on the roster for the California League All-Stars are Blaze outfielder Kyle Waldrop and Jesse Winker. Winker is rated as the organization's third-best prospect.