Corey Seager, Julio Urias named to Futures Game, Joc Pederson hurt

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Photo by: Dustin Nosler

The Dodgers will have two representatives at the Futures Game this year, as Corey Seager and Julio Urias on Tuesday were selected to be on the U.S. and World teams, respectively. Ron Cervenka of Think Blue LA broke the news earlier today.

Seager, 20, who many thought would be promoted to Double-A Chattanooga after the California League All-Star break, is hitting .353/.405/.613 with 13 home runs, 27 doubles, 49 runs scored, a 164 wRC+ and a .438 wOBA. He is absolutely destroying the Cal League and has nothing left to prove. His walk rate has decreased from 10.8 last season to 6.8 percent this year, but that’s because he’s tearing the cover off the ball. He leads the league in doubles and OPS (1.019), is second in hits, eighth in home runs and second in batting average.

The shortstop should be Chattanooga-bound after the Futures Game. If he isn’t, then I have no idea what the Dodgers’ brass is thinking.

Urias, 17, had a rough start to his 2014 season, mostly because he was bumped from a few starts for rehabbing major leaguers, but he has recovered to post a nice line in the hitter-friendly Cal League. He has a 3.35 ERA, 3.81 FIP (not bad for this league), a 9.5 K/9, 7.3 H/9 and a great 0.4 HR/9 (two home runs allowed in 45 2/3 innings pitched).

He will face some of the game’s best prospects in Minnesota on July 13 (the Sunday before the All-Star Game), and he’ll be pitching out of the bullpen, meaning he could be in for just one hitter (you know, as a lefty specialist).

Here are the Dodger participants in the Futures Game, dating back to the game’s inception in 1999.

Year Player
1999 Chin-Feng Chen, Luke Prokopec
2000 Chen, Randey Dorame
2001 Ricardo Rodriguez
2002 Victor Diaz, Rodriguez
2003 Franklin Gutierrez, Edwin Jackson
2004 Joel Guzman, Koyie Hill
2005 Andy LaRoche, Russell Martin
2006 Guzman, Chin-Lung Hu
2007 Clayton Kershaw, Hu (MVP)
2008 Ivan De Jesus
2009 Pedro Baez
2010 Baez, Dee Gordon
2011 Alfredo Silverio
2012 Chris Reed
2013 Joc Pederson

Quite the list, no? Some recognizable names, some forgettable names and some “who?” names.

The rules for the roster have changed a bit during the years, but now there can be no more than two players from every Major League team (and not every team will get two), and the roster size is limited to 25 for the U.S. and World teams.

It’ll be interesting to see how the two best Dodger prospects aged 20 and younger fare against the best prospects baseball has to offer.

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Oh, this isn’t good:

Pederson was holding his right shoulder/collar bone area, so if you want to think the worst, well, you can figure it out. He injured himself diving for a fly ball.

Once again, it appears injuries could help “solve” the Dodgers’ four-outfielder problem, even if this is about the worst possible solution. We’ll see what happens. Let’s just hope he isn’t seriously hurt.

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.