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Kevin took in the Midwest League All-Star game, and has some random thoughts on who did well, and who did not.

I spent my Tuesday in Geneva, Illinois for the 2012 Midwest League All-Star game. I took a lot of notes, but instead of cramming everything into an awkward narrative, here's what I saw:

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July 17, 2009 12:00 am

Future Shock Blog: July 17

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Kevin Goldstein

The rapid rise of Jason Heyward, a pair of prospects returning to form, and a big sleeper, both figuratively and literally, in the Twins system.

What's the name of this prospect? Explosivo!

Jason Heyward, OF, Braves (Double-A Mississippi)
Thursday's stats: 4-for-6, 2 2B, HR (1), 2 R, RBI
In his first 10 Double-A games, the 19-year-old outfielder is batting .417/.476/.639. He's suddenly developing at a tremendous pace, and one has to wonder if he's suddenly in line for a September look, as one of the reasons he stayed with the big league team so long this spring is that manager Bobby Cox just liked watching him play so much.

Enjoying his new home

Brandon Allen, 1B, Diamondbacks (Triple-A Reno)
Thursday's stats: 1-for-3, HR (2), R, RBI, BB
Allen spent most of 2009 with the White Sox, proving that last year's breakout was a very real thing. That was enough for the White Sox to flip him to Arizona this month to pick up Tony Pena for their bullpen, and Allen has continued to rake, now going 6-for-14 with 13 total bases and six RBIs in his first five Pacific Coast League games.

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