Corey Seager, who just played in the California League/Carolina League All-Star Game last week, will be playing in yet another all-star game, the Futures Game.
He’ll be joined by fellow Quake Julio Urias and 66er Jose Rondon, among others. The game is played in the same big league park as the MLB all-star game this year, on the Sunday before that game. So this year, it’s July 13 in Kansas City.
Seager, a shortstop ranked as the Dodgers’ No. 2 prospect by Baseball America, was batting .355 with 14 home runs and 53 RBIs in 66 games through Tuesday.
Urias is a bit of a surprise for some observers. He doesn’t turn 18 until August, and the Dodgers have been very careful with his innings this year so some didn’t expect him to have the added pressure of an all-star game. In 14 appearances (11 starts), Urias has pitched only 45 2/3 innings, lasting as long as five innings only once.
He is 1-1 with a 3.35 ERA and 48 strikeouts and 21 walks and is the Dodgers’ No. 3 prospect.
Rondon, who had been out with a strained hamstring, was a late addition to the team. He replaced Lancaster shortstop Carlos Correa (Houston’s No. 1 prospect), who suffered a broken right fibula and will miss the rest of the season.
Neither Rondon nor Urias made the Cal League all-star team, but Rondon has been solid, batting .329 with 14 doubles, three triples, 28 runs scored and 20 RBIs,
Before he had returned from the injury last weekend, Sixers manager Denny Hocking said he hoped Rondon would be rewarded with a spot in the Futures Game. Rondon is ranked as the Angels’ No. 12 prospect.
The format for the Futures Game is a U.S. vs. World, so Seager will play for the U.S. team and Urias (Mexico) and Rondon (Venezuela) will play for the World team.