Dodgers' Baez headed to Futures Game
Class A third-base prospect to play for World squad
CHICAGO -- Dodgers third-base prospect Pedro Baez will be the organization's lone representative in this year's XM All-Star Futures Game.
The 11th annual XM All-Star Futures Game, pitting the best Minor League prospects from the United States against the best from the rest of the World, will be held at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on All-Star Sunday, July 12, at 11 a.m. PT. MLB.com will provide complete coverage before, during and after the game, which can be seen live on ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on Gameday.
The 21-year-old Baez, who will play for the World team, is a 6-2, 195-pound native of the Dominican Republic who is contesting Josh Bell for support as the best third-base prospect in the Dodgers' system.
Signed for $200,000 as a 19-year-old, he made the jump to the United States immediately and held his own in the Gulf Coast League in 2007, then struggled in 2008 at Great Lakes and was sent back to regroup at Ogden, where he slugged 12 homers in 61 games at the latter stop.
This year at Class A Inland Empire, Baez has led the club in RBIs, is among team leaders in home runs and continues to show one of the strongest arms in the system, despite a team high in errors. His strikeout-to-walk ratio (almost 5-to-1) still needs improvement.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.