The All-Star festivities are upon us, even before the major league first half hasn’t quite yet finished. The MLB Futures Game, baseball’s annual midsummer showcase of top prospects, will run concurrently with the Dodgers’ series finale with the Royals on Sunday.
If you are so inclined to watch both, the minor leaguers will be on MLB Network at 1 p.m. PT, and streamed online through MLB.com.
The two Dodgers in Miami for the Futures Game are outfielder Alex Verdugo and pitcher Yadier Alvarez, both on the World roster, representing Mexico and Cuba, respectively. Both players are ranked among the top 100 prospects in baseball at midseason by both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus.
Alvarez starts on the mound for Team World, while Verdugo bats second and starts in left field.
Triple-A Oklahoma City coach Luis Matos is also in Miami, a coach on the World Team staff, managed by former Marlins shortstop Edgar Renteria.
Verdugo was a guest this week on the MiLB.com Show Before the Show podcast, and talked with host Sam Dykstra.
“Playing in the WBC with Mexico, and seeing how happy it made my dad, and how proud he is of me, it’s just one of those things that is a huge honor. I’m so happy I was blessed with this opportunity to do it,” Verdugo told Dykstra. “You could just tell in my dad’s eyes how happy he is. To represent our heritage, words can’t describe how happy he is.”
This is a busy showcase week for Verdugo, who will fly directly from Miami to Tacoma, where he will play in the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday — also on MLB Network — one of four players from Oklahoma City on the Pacific Coast League roster.
Here is a look at the Marlins-centric uniforms the two teams will be wearing in the Futures Game on Sunday:
And caps (these are a preview of Monday as well — more on that later):
Futures Game info
Time: 1 p.m. PT
TV: MLB Network (Matt Vasgersian, Mike Lowell, Jonathan Mayo and Heidi Watney)