The Major League Baseball Futures Game is the highlight of All-Star weekend each year. It takes place on Sunday afternoon in the host city, which happens to be right here in Cincinnati this year. Teams will send some of their top prospects out to play in an “all-star” type of game that is split up in a United States vs The World set up. Every team has at least one player involved, but most have two.
The rosters were just released and the Cincinnati Reds representatives will be left handed starting pitcher Amir Garrett and outfielders Kyle Waldrop and Yorman Rodriguez.
Amir Garrett has spent his 2015 season with the Daytona Tortugas. The 23-year-old left hander has a 3.22 ERA in 67.0 innings this season to go along with 28 walks and 72 strikeouts. Garrett has the best strikeout rate of his career, sending hitters back to the dugout 25.4% of the time they step up to the plate. Here is a look at his season stats:
Garrett will be joined by outfielders Kyle Waldrop and Yorman Rodriguez, both of whom are now with the Louisville Bats. 23-year-old Kyle Waldrop hasn’t yet played for the Bats, joining the team today. He’s been with the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos in 2015, hitting .277 with 22 extra-base hits this season. 22-year-old Yorman Rodriguez has hit .267 for the Triple-A Louisville Bats and like Waldrop, he also has 22 extra-base hits this season. Let’s take a look at their numbers:
This will be the first Futures Game appearance by all three players. Waldrop and Garrett will be on Team USA, while Rodriguez will be on the other side as he suits up for the World team.