Major League Baseball announced the rosters for the upcoming Futures Game, to be held on July 10th at Petco Park in San Diego at 7pm ET.
The KC Royals will have two players representing the organization, one on the World roster playing for manager Moises Alou and one on the US roster playing for manager Trevor Hoffman.
Outfielder Jorge Bonifacio will play for the World team, as a native of the Dominican Republic. At the time of his selection, Bonifacio is hitting .299 with 15 doubles, six triples, and 12 home runs. He has driven in 51. It is his first season at Triple-A Omaha.
Third baseman Hunter Dozier will play for the US, as a resident of Texas. He began the season back at Double-A NW Arkansas, hitting .305 with eight doubles, eight homers, and 21 RBIs in 26 games and earned a much deserved promotion to Triple-A. With the Storm Chasers, Dozier is hitting .298 with 14 doubles, seven home runs, and 23 RBIs in 47 games.
It is the first Futures Game selection for both Bonifacio and Dozier.
*Click HERE for the entire rosters. It includes players like Atlanta’s Dansby Swanson and Boston’s Yoan Moncada, both of which began the season in the Carolina League and facing High-A Wilmington. I also had the chance to see Cleveland’s Clint Frazier, CWS Carson Fulmer, SD’s Manuel Margot, Baltimore’s Chance Sisco, Cubs’ Jeimer Candelario, and Washington’s Reynaldo Lopez last season in the Carolina League. Lopez began his High-A debut against the Blue Rocks and faced them four times (I saw him twice).
**The US coaching staff is stacked with greats like Mark Loretta, Fred McGriff, Jim Thome, Gary Templeton, and Mark Prior.