Everett AquaSox pitcher Emerson Hancock and recently promoted outfielder Julio Rodriguez have been selected to the All-Star Futures Game on July 11 at Coors Field in Denver.
The Futures Game, part of MLB All-Star Week, showcases baseball’s top minor league prospects. The MLB All-Star Game takes place two nights later at Coors Field.
The Seattle Mariners will be well represented at the Futures Game, with three players from their organization on the American League’s 25-man roster: Hancock (High-A Everett), Rodriguez (Double-A Arkansas) and outfielder Jarred Kelenic (Triple-A Tacoma). The Colorado Rockies are the only other organization with three players selected to the Futures Game.
Hancock, the No. 6 overall pick in last year’s MLB draft, is ranked by MLB.com as the No. 23 overall prospect in baseball. The 22-year-old right-hander has a 2.42 earned-run average in 26 innings pitched with the AquaSox this season, along with 25 strikeouts and 11 walks.
Rodriguez, MLB.com’s No. 5 overall prospect, started the season on the AquaSox before earning a promotion to Double-A Arkansas on Monday. The 20-year-old phenom from the Dominican Republic batted .325 with six home runs, two triples and eight doubles in 28 games with Everett this season. At the time of his promotion, he led the six-team High-A West in both batting average and slugging percentage (.581) and ranked third in on-base percentage (.410).