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Keibert Ruiz, Yusniel Diaz to play in 2018 MLB Futures Game

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Keibert Ruiz
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The Dodgers will be represented by a pair of minor leaguers at the 2018 MLB Futures Game during the All-Star festivities in Washington D.C. this year, including catcher Keibert Ruiz and outfielder Yusniel Diaz. will live stream and MLB Network will televise the game from Nationals Park, played July 15 at 1 p.m. PT.

Born in Venezuela, Ruiz has quickly turned himself into one of the Dodgers top prospects at 19-years-old. The switch-hitting catcher is currently hitting .248/.304/.372 for Tulsa as one of the youngest players in Double-A, and was a Texas League All-Star this season.

Diaz, 21, hails from Cuba, and is hitting .293/.404/.444 with five home runs for Double-A Tulsa this season, walking just as many times (35) as he has struck out.

Ruiz was ranked second and Diaz ranked 11th in David Hood’s top Dodgers prospects before the 2018 season.

A number of top Dodgers prospects have played in the Futures Game in recent years, including Joc Pederson (2013), Corey Seager (2014), Julio Urias (2014), Willie Calhoun (2016), Alex Verdugo (2017) and Yadier Alvarez (2017).

With the exception of Alvarez, all of the above mentioned players were in the big leagues less than two years from the day they played in the Futures Game.