Once again, the Futures Game is international, as is Major League Baseball as a whole. And once again, the Dominican Republic is at the forefront.
As has been the case since 1995, when MLB began tracking players on active rosters born outside of the continental United States, Alaska and Hawaii (excluding Puerto Rico), the Dominican Republic was No. 1 on the list on opening day this year with 99 such players. And with the rosters for the 2022 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game announced Thursday, the DR is once again leading the class with six prospects among National and American League teams for the seven-round contest scheduled for Saturday 16 July. at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT at Dodger Stadium.
Two other baseball-rich Latin American nations, Venezuela and Cuba, will be represented with five and three players respectively, while Curacao, Canada and Australia will each have one participant.
The American League team’s Dominican contingent includes outfielder Jasson Dominguez, who at 19 is now No. 40 on MLB Pipeline’s latest Top 100 prospects list and No. 3 for the Yankees. Dominguez, who will play his second straight Futures game, hit .257/.368/.424 for Single-A Tampa, with eight homers and 33 RBIs, going on a seven-game streak at the end. June and early July.
Another DR prospect announced for the American League is right-hander Brayan Bello, who made his Major League debut for the Red Sox on Wednesday. Prior to his start against the Rays at Fenway Park, Boston’s best pitching prospect was 10-4 with a 2.33 ERA between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Worcester, recording 114 strikeouts in 85 innings while rising to No. 45 on the Top 100 list and No. 3 for the Red Sox.
Álvarez, who climbed to No. 2 on the Top 100 list this week, was just promoted to Triple-A Syracuse after hitting 18 homers with a .921 OPS in 67 games for Double-A Binghamton. Now 20, the Mets’ No. 1 prospect will play his second Futures Game.
Cartaya, No. 14 on the Top 100 list, is the Dodgers’ top prospect and had a successful jump from Single-A to High-A, where he hit .304/.429/.565 (.994 OPS) with five home runs in 24 games at age 20.
Also representing Venezuela will be Ezequiel Tovar, who created buzz with his bat as well as his glove in Rockies Spring Training, and went on to hit Double-A Hartford (.318/.386/.545 in 66 games) as than Colorado’s No. 2 prospects.
Álvarez, Cartaya and Tovar will be joined by pitcher Wilmer Flores (Tigers No. 14, not to be confused with his older brother, the Giants infielder of the same name) and outfielder Jackson Chourio (MLB No. 38, Brewers No. ° 1 ).
Cuba’s top-ranked prospect slated for the Futures Game is Miguel Vargas, ranked No. 71 on the Top 100 list and No. 5 for the Dodgers. The third baseman had solid numbers at Oklahoma City’s Triple-A, slashing .292/.379/.498 with 13 home runs and 59 RBIs in 79 games.
Outfielder Oscar Colas, White Sox No. 2 prospect (.311/.368/.479, seven homers at High-A) and right-hander Yosver Zulueta (Blue Jays No. 19, 3.70 ERA in 11 appearances on three levels) will also represent Cuba in Los Angeles.
Hailing from Australia, Rays infielder Curtis Mead (MLB No. 61, Rays No. 3, .294, 11 HR on Double-A and Triple-A), while Curacao will be represented by infielder inside/outfielder Ceddanne Rafaela (Red Sox No. 26, .309/.351/.587, 16 HR between High-A and Double-A) and Canada by outfielder Denzel Clarke (A’s No. 14, .903 OPS, nine circuits between Single-A and High-A) .