Tuesday night (June 20), future Major Leaguers played in the Cal League All-Star Game, hosted by the Visalia Rawhide. A nearly full house endured the 103 degree game time temperature to witness a 5-3 victory by the North All-Stars over the South.

GV Wire spoke with some of the future Major Leaguers to talk about their path through professional baseball.

Bud Jeter is a closer on the rise. The 25th round pick by Arizona in 2013, he is in his third season pitching for Visalia. He earned the save Tuesday night, getting the last two outs. We talked about his travels from his hometown in Columbia, SC to Visalia; the mentality of a relief pitcher and where the nickname “Bud” originated form.

Mylz Jones uniqueness isn’t just derived from the interesting spelling of his name. The current Lancaster JetHawks (Cal League affiliate of Colorado) third baseman is currently playing in front of his hometown, having grown up in nearby Palmdale. We talked about the advantages of living at home and why his name is spelled M-Y-L-Z.

Tony LaRussa added a new Hall of Fame honor to his resume. Already in Cooperstown, the legendary manager was inducted to the California League Hall of Fame in a pre-game ceremony. LaRussa relayed a story about working with fellow inductee Doug Harvey, a Hall of Fame umpire in his own right. Dave Duncan, Mike Piazza and the late Kirby Puckett joined LaRussa and Harvey as Cal League Hall of Fame inductees.

Check back with GV Wire as we will update with more of our interviews and festivities from the All-Star Game.

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