Rodriguez, Urrutia representing O's at Futures Game
Playing for World Team, pitcher, outfielder will join other prospects at Citi Field
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles will be well represented at this year's Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game on July 14, with the annual exhibition contest featuring pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez and outfielder Henry Urrutia, who were both named to the World Team roster on Wednesday.
Urrutia, who is from Cuba, and Rodriguez, who hails from Venezuela, are two of the organization's most promising young players and are having impressive seasons with their respective Minor League affiliates.
Rodriguez, the youngest member in Major League Spring Training and is ranked the Orioles' No. 4 prospect by MLB.com, went 6-3 with a 2.99 ERA in his first 13 starts for Class A Frederick. The 20-year-old lefty has allowed 35 runs (26 earned) on 75 hits and 23 walks with 63 strikeouts in 78 1/3 innings.
Urrutia, 27, is hitting .355 through 48 games with Double-A Bowie with 15 doubles and seven home runs. The left-handed-hitting outfielder totaled 35 RBIs over that stretch and has performed well enough in his first few months of professional baseball to become a viable candidate to join Baltimore at some point in 2013.
The 15th annual Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game takes place at 2 p.m. ET on All-Star Sunday at Citi Field in New York and can be seen live on MLB.com, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on MLB.com's Gameday. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on MLB Network Radio XM 89. MLB.com will also provide complete coverage before, during and after the game. Fans can stay updated by following @MLBFutures on Twitter and can send/receive tweets to/from the U.S. and World Team dugouts during the game by tagging tweets with the hashtags #USDugout and #WorldDugout.
Also, for the first time, fans will determine the final player on the U.S. and World Team rosters by casting their votes in the All-Star Sunday Futures Finalists ballot. There are five candidates for each team, and voting ends on Sunday at 11:59 p.m.
Baltimore had a pair of players named to Team USA's roster in last year's Futures Game with current third baseman Manny Machado and pitching prospect Dylan Bundy helping the United States to a 17-5 win over the World Team at the Kansas City Royals' Kauffman Stadium. Both Machado and Bundy made their respective big league debuts in the second half of 2012, with Machado the Orioles Opening Day third baseman and Bundy currently on the disabled list with right flexor mass tightness.
Rodriguez is one of 10 pitchers on the World Team, with Urrutia one of five outfielders. No organization had more than two players total for the Futures Game roster, with 10 clubs having just one representative.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.