Frederick Keys pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez has been selected to participate in the 2013 SiriusXM All-Star Futures game. A 20-year-old left-hander from Venezuela, Rodriguez was named to the World roster and will compete with other international prospects against a team of American prospects on Sunday, July 14.
In his first season at the Advanced-A level, Rodriguez is 6-4 with a 2.85 ERA in 14 starts and was named Baltimore Orioles Minor League Pitcher of the Month for May, when he went 5-0 with a 2.23 ERA in six starts. He is tied for fourth in the Carolina League in ERA and is tied for second in innings pitched, having thrown 85.1. Rodriguez was also selected to the California-Carolina League All-Star Game on June 18 in San Jose, Calif., and pitched a scoreless inning.
Rodriguez is one of two Orioles prospects selected to the Futures game and is the only player from Venezuela on the World roster. Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia, a member of the Double-A Bowie Baysox, is the other Baltimore prospect on the roster. The SiriusXM All-Star Futures game starts at 2 p.m. at Citi Field in New York City on July 14th, part of Taco Bell All-Star Sunday, the first of three days of all-star events that culminate with the Major League Baseball All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 16.
The SiriusXM Futures game, a nine-inning contest between the top prospects in the Minor Leagues, is in its 15th year and the U.S. team leads the World with an 8-6 record. The 25 players currently on each team were selected by Major League Baseball, in conjunction with the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America and the 30 Major League Clubs. Each Major League organization is represented and players from all full-season Minor Leagues were eligible to participate.
Ninety-nine players have competed in both the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. In 2012, 30 Major League All-Stars were alumni of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.