Future’s game Dodger style

Two twenty-one-year-old prospects will be headed to the 2017 Future’s game to represent the Dodgers in Miami.  They are both going to be playing for the World team.

The game will be played on Sunday, July 9th in Miami. If you want to know who the best prospects in the game are, this is the game to watch.

With the promotion of Cody Bellinger, Alex Verdugo is arguably the best position prospect in the Dodger system.

Yadier Alvarez was considered the best pitching prospect in the Dodger system entering the 2017 season but he has not exactly pitched like a top pitching prospect and it is possible that Walker Buehler has by-passed him on the prospect ranking chart.

Here is what Baseball America had to say about them.

Yadier Alvarez:

Dodgers (High Class A Rancho Cucamonga)
Age: 21. HT.: 6-3. WT.: 175. B-T: R-R.
Source: Cuba.
Career Transactions: Signed as international free agent by Dodgers, July 2, 2015.
Background: Alvarez left Cuba and landed in the Dominican Republic in 2015, and scouts flocked to the island to try and sign the flamethrower who touches 100 mph with stunning ease.
What To Watch For: Alvarez has been one of the game’s hardest throwers since landing with the Dodgers, routinely sitting 96-99 mph and hitting 101. As far as electric arms go, Alvarez is the cream of the crop.
Read more at http://www.baseballamerica.com/minors/2017-futures-game-world-rosters-and-scouting-reports/#e68PF07cQMAtGbEP.99

Alex Verdugo:

Dodgers (Triple-A Oklahoma City)
Age: 21. HT.: 6-0. WT.: 205. B-T: L-L.
Source: Mexico (drafted out of high school in Tucson).
Career Transactions: Selected by Dodgers in second round of 2014 draft.
Background: Verdugo was born and raised in Arizona but has long embraced his Mexican heritage, including suiting up for Team Mexico in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
What To Watch For: Verdugo’s hitting polish is almost second-to-none in the minors with a smooth lefthanded stroke geared for line drives. He complements his hitting ability with a rocket arm and excellent defensive instincts, setting him up to join the Dodgers outfield shortly
Read more at http://www.baseballamerica.com/minors/2017-futures-game-world-rosters-and-scouting-reports/#e68PF07cQMAtGbEP.99

One prospect going who is not representing the Dodgers will be Yordan Alvarez. He will instead be representing the Houston Astros, because he was the high price for Josh Fields. Yeah, Josh Fields, the guy who comes and goes between AAA and the Dodgers every few weeks.

At just 20 years old, Yordan will be one of the youngest participants.

Astros (High Class A Buies Creek)
Age: 20. HT.: 6-5. WT.: 225. B-T: L-L.
Source: Cuba.
Career Transactions: Signed as international free agent by Dodgers, June 15, 2016 … Traded by Dodgers to Astros for RHP Josh Fields, Aug. 1, 2016.
Background: The Dodgers signed Alvarez after he emigrated from Cuba, but he never played a game in their system before being traded to the Astros. He made his U.S. debut in 2017 and promptly hit .360 at his first assignment.
What To Watch For: Alvarez looks like an up-and-comer at first base thanks to his textbook lefthanded swing, power production, sound batting eye and the large target he presents on defense.
Read more at http://www.baseballamerica.com/minors/2017-futures-game-world-rosters-and-scouting-reports/#e68PF07cQMAtGbEP.99

I fully expect Keibert Ruiz to be representing the Dodgers next year in the 2018 Future’s game.

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