LOS ANGELES — A trio will represent the Dodgers at the 2017 MLB Futures Game during the All-Star festivities in Miami this year, including outfielder Alex Verdugo and pitcher Yadier Alvarez playing for the World Team.
Triple-A Oklahoma City coach Luis Matos will also take part in the game, which will be played on Sunday, July 9 at Marlins Park, as part of the coaching staff for the World Team.
Verdugo grew up in Tucson but his father is Mexican, and has played for the Mexican national team, both in an exhibition this offseason in Japan and during the 2017 World Baseball Classic. The outfielder is hitting .344/.411/.462 for Oklahoma City as one of the youngest players in the Pacific Coast League, and was named on Wednesday to the PCL All-Star team.
Alvarez, 21, hails from Cuba, and has a 5.05 ERA with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga this season, with 54 strikeouts in 51⅔ innings.
Alvarez was ranked second and Verdugo fourth in David Hood’s top Dodgers prospects before the 2017 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) and Willie Calhoun (2016).
The Futures Game will be played at 1 p.m. PT on July 9 and will be televised by MLB Network.