8 Dominican Prospects selected for Futures All-Star Game

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Futures rosters set, matchups await

By Andrew Pentis / Special to MLB.com

Rymer Liriano




In a handful of games each day, one elite pitching prospect will stare down one elite hitting prospect standing in the batter’s box.

In one game on July 8, that is all that’s going to happen.

Alfredo Marte

MLB revealed Thursday the US Team and World Team rosters for the 14th All-Star Futures Game. The annual exhibition will begin at 5:00 p.m. EDT on the second Sunday in July, the first of three days of events at Royals ballpark Kauffman Stadium.

Twenty-seven of the 50 players participating were chosen in the Draft’s first two rounds, including the top four picks in 2011: US Team hurlers Gerrit Cole (Pirates), Danny Hultzen (Mariners), Trevor Bauer (D-backs) and Dylan Bundy (Orioles). Other top ’11 picks on the domestic lineup card include pitchers Matt Barnes (Red Sox) and Alex Meyer (Nationals) and infielder Kolten Wong (Cardinals).

Oscar Taveras

A pair of 2012 Minor League leaders picked in the 2009 Draft will also showcase their skills: stolen base leader Billy Hamilton (Reds; second round) will play shortstop and home run leader Wil Myers (Royals; third round) will be in the outfield, the latter in his future home park.

The World Team, which has players from 11 countries, will be led by shortstop Jurickson Profar (Rangers), who is MLB.com’s fourth-ranked prospect, and breakout slugger Oscar Taveras (Cardinals). Relievers Bruce Rondon (Tigers) and Lisalberto Bonilla (Phillies) will provide firepower out of the ‘pen.

The rosters (below) were decided collaboratively by MLB, its clubs (each of the 30 is represented by at least one player), the MLB Scouting Bureau, MLB.com and Baseball America. Only players from full-season Minor League affiliates were eligible to be selected.



Name ORG Level B T HT WT Birthdate Birthplace
Lisalverto Bonilla PHI AA R R 6-1 165 06/18/1990 Samana, DR Stats
Edwar Cabrera COL AA L L 6-0 175 10/20/1987 Bani, DR Stats
Jose Fernandez MIA A R R 6-3 215 07/31/1992 Santa Clara, CUB Stats
Kyle Lotzkar CIN AA L R 6-4 205 10/24/1989 Delta, BC Stats
Chris Reed LAD AA L L 6-4 195 05/20/1990 London, UK Stats
Felipe Rivero TB A L L 6-0 150 07/05/1991 San Felipe, VEN Stats
Julio Rodriguez PHI AA R R 6-4 195 08/29/1990 Toa Alta, PR Stats
Enny Romero TB A+ L L 6-3 165 01/24/1991 Santo Domingo, DR Stats
Bruce Rondon DET AA R R 6-2 190 12/09/1990 Valencia, VEN Stats
Yordano Ventura KC A+ R R 5-11 140 06/03/1991 Samana, DR Stats


Name ORG Level B T HT WT Birthdate Birthplace
Christian Bethancourt ATL AA R R 6-2 220 09/02/1991 Panama City, PAN Stats
Yasmani Grandal SD AAA S R 6-2 210 11/08/1988 Havana, CUB Stats


Name ORG Level B T HT WT Birthdate Birthplace
Jesus Aguilar CLE A+ R R 6-3 250 06/30/1990 Maracay, VEN Stats
Xander Bogaerts BOS A+ R R 6-3 175 10/01/1992 San Nicolas, ARU Stats
Wilmer Flores NYM AA R R 6-3 190 08/06/1991 Valencia, VEN Stats
Francisco Lindor CLE A S R 5-11 175 11/14/1993 Caguas, PR Stats
Chih-Fang Pan OAK A L R 6-1 170 11/12/1990 Kaohsiung, TAI Stats
Jurickson Profar TEX AA S R 5-11 165 02/20/1993 Willemstad, CUR Stats
Carlos Sanchez CWS A+ S R 5-11 175 06/29/1992 Maracay, VEN Stats
Jean Segura LAA AA R R 5-10 165 03/17/1990 San Juan, DR Stats


Name ORG Level B T HT WT Birthdate Birthplace
Oswaldo Arcia MIN AA L R 6-0 210 05/09/1991 Anaco, VEN Stats
Jae-Hoon Ha CHC AA R R 6-1 185 10/29/1990 Jin Ju City, KOR Stats
Rymer Liriano SD A+ R R 6-0 210 06/20/1991 Santo Domingo, DR Stats
Alfredo Marte ARI AA R R 6-0 190 03/31/1989 Santo Domingo, DR Stats
Oscar Taveras STL AA L L 6-2 180 06/19/1992 Puerto Plata, DR Stats



Name ORG Level B T HT WT Birthdate Birthplace
Matt Barnes BOS A+ R R 6-4 205 06/17/1990 Danbury, CT Stats
Trevor Bauer ARI AAA R R 6-1 185 01/17/1991 Panorama City, CA Stats
Dylan Bundy BAL A+ S R 6-1 195 11/15/1992 Tulsa, OK Stats
Gerrit Cole PIT AA R R 6-4 220 09/08/1990 Newport Beach, CA Stats
Danny Hultzen SEA AAA L L 6-3 200 11/28/1989 Bethesda, MD Stats
Alex Meyer WAS A R R 6-9 220 01/03/1990 Greensburg, IN Stats
Jake Odorizzi KC AAA R R 6-2 185 03/27/1990 Breese, IL Stats
Jameson Taillon PIT A+ L R 6-6 225 11/18/1991 Lakeland, FL Stats
Taijuan Walker SEA AA R R 6-4 210 08/13/1992 Shreveport, LA Stats
Zack Wheeler NYM AA R R 6-4 185 05/30/1990 Smyrna, GA Stats


Name ORG Level B T HT WT Birthdate Birthplace
Travis d’Arnaud TOR AAA R R 6-2 195 02/10/1989 Long Beach, CA Stats
Tommy Joseph SF AA R R 6-1 215 07/16/1991 Phoenix, AZ Stats


Name ORG Level B T HT WT Birthdate Birthplace
Nolan Arenado COL AA R R 6-1 205 04/16/1991 Newport Beach, CA Stats
Nick Castellanos DET AA R R 6-4 210 03/04/1992 Davie, FL Stats
Scooter Gennett MIL AA L R 5-9 165 05/01/1990 Cincinnati, OH Stats
Billy Hamilton CIN A+ S R 6-1 160 09/09/1990 Taylorsville, MS Stats
Manny Machado BAL AA R R 6-3 180 07/06/1992 Miami, FL Stats
Mike Olt TEX AA R R 6-2 210 08/27/1988 New Haven, CT Stats
Jonathan Singleton HOU AA L L 6-2 235 09/18/1991 Harbor City, CA Stats
Kolten Wong STL AA L R 5-9 190 10/10/1990 Hilo, HI Stats


Name ORG Level B T HT WT Birthdate Birthplace
Tyler Austin NYY A R R 6-2 200 09/06/1991 Conyers, GA Stats
Michael Choice OAK AA R R 6-0 220 11/10/1989 Fort Worth, TX Stats
Anthony Gose TOR AAA L L 6-1 190 08/10/1990 Paramount, CA Stats
Wil Myers KC AAA R R 6-3 205 12/10/1990 High Point, NC Stats
Christian Yelich MIA A+ L R 6-4 190 12/05/1991 Thousand Oaks, CA Stats

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