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20 Baseball Factory Alums Selected To Participate In 2018 All-Star Futures Game

In one of the most exciting times of the baseball year, the 2018 MLB All Star week will commence next Sunday. While fans will flock to Washington in order to see their favorite superstars, they will also be able to witness some of the game’s future stars in this year’s All-Star Futures Game.

We are proud to announce that twenty Baseball Factory alums will be taking part in this year’s Futures Game. This includes seventeen out of the twenty-five players on Team USA, as well as three players on the World Team. This year, the World Team will be coached by ten time MLB All-Star David Ortiz.

First pitch for the 2018 All-Star Futures Game will be at 4 pm on July 15 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. The game will be broadcast on MLB Network and streamed online at MLB.com.

U.S. Roster

Shaun Anderson – San Francisco (Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels)

After being drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the third round of the 2016 draft, Anderson was sent to San Francisco in exchange for Major League infielder Eduardo Nunez during last year’s trade deadline. Between the two organizations he finished at 9-6 with a 3.44 ERA. This year at Double-A Richmond he has gone 5-5 with a 3.56 ERA in sixteen starts. Anderson has also racked up 91 strikeouts over his 91 innings pitched.

Baseball Factory Events: 2011 Team One Futures East

Dylan Cease – Chicago White Sox (Double-A Birmingham Barons)

Cease, who was recently promoted, has only made two starts at Birmingham thus far but started off the year red hot in Class A Winston-Salem. Here he made thirteen starts while posting a 2.89 ERA and finishing with a record of 9-2. At the Double-A level, Cease knocked around for five runs over 4.2 innings in his one start, but then only allowed one run over 7 innings in his other. He was acquired from the Cubs in the Jose Quintana trade this past summer.

Baseball Factory Events: 2013 Under Armour All-America Game

Hunter Greene – Cincinnati Reds (Class A Dayton Dragons)

The number two overall selection in the 2017 draft, Greene clearly has tremendous talent as well as potential. In fifteen starts this year for Dayton, Greene has gone 3-6 with a 4.18 ERA and 77 strikeouts over sixty innings pitched. Despite not the best numbers, Hunter is still only 18 years old and has seen his fastball hit over 100 miles per hour routinely. He will look to be slated in the Cincinnati rotation for years to come.

Baseball Factory Events: 2016 Under Armour All-America Game

Dakota Hudson – St. Louis Cardinals (AAA Memphis Redbirds)

In his first full year at AAA, Hudson has been thriving. The Cardinals number three overall prospect is currently 12-2 with just a 2.33 ERA in sixteen starts. While he does not strike out a ton of batters (77 over 100 innings), he has only given up one homerun this season. The twenty-three year old former first round pick should be making an impact at the big league level in no time.

Baseball Factory Events: 2012 Team One South Showcase

Forrest Whitley – Houston Astros (Double- A Corpus Christi Hooks)

After missing the first half of the 2018 season, Whitley came back strong. In his first three starts, the San Antonio native had three no-decisions and did not give up a single run. However in the two starts that followed, Whitley would give up a total of ten runs. He will look to return to his old form, as he had a 2.83 ERA over twenty-three starts last season.

Baseball Factory Events: 2015 Under Armour All-America Game

Kyle Wright – Atlanta Braves (Double-A Mississippi Braves)

A Vanderbilt standout in college, this former number five overall draft pick will be the lone player to represent Atlanta in the Futures Game. He is currently the number two ranked prospect in this highly touted Braves farm system. This year at Double-A Mississippi, Wright has gone 5-7 with a 4.18 ERA over seventeen starts. However over his last four starts he is 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA and 32 strikeouts over 25 and a third innings.

Baseball Factory Events: 2012 Team One Futures Series Texas

Peter Alonso – New York Mets (Triple-A Las Vegas 51s)

The Mets’ second round selection in 2016 out of the University of Florida is hitting .287 with 19 homers and 69 RBI between Double-A Binghamton and Las Vegas.

Baseball Factory Events: 2010 Under Armour Baseball Factory College PREP, 2010 Arizona Freshman/Sophomore Fall Classic, 2011 Team One South

Bo Bichette – Toronto Blue Jays (Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats)

Bo is doing damage to any pitching he’s seen so far in the minor leagues, as he’s already a career .332 hitter in 214 minor league games. This season at Double-A, he’s been challenged, but still hitting a respectable .269 with 22 doubles, five triples, eight homers, 44 RBI and 26 stolen bases in 82 games.

Baseball Factory Events: 2015 Under Armour All-America Pre-Season Tournament, 2015 Under Armour All-America Game

Ke’Bryan Hayes – Pittsburgh Pirates (Double-A Altoona Curve)

The 32nd overall pick by the Pirates and son of former major leaguer, Charlie Hayes, Ke’Bryan is hitting .290 with 20 doubles, six triples, four homers and 21 RBI.

Baseball Factory Events: 2012 & 2013 Team One Futures Texas, 2014 Under Armour All-America Pre-Season Tournament, 2014 Under Armour Firecracker Classic, 2014 Under Armour All-America Game

Keston Hiura – Milwaukee Brewers (Double-A Biloxi Shuckers)

Widely considered one of the best pure hitters coming out of college at UC-Irvine, the ninth overall selection in last year’s draft is living up to the hype. He’s hit over .300 in every stop in the minors he’s made so far, and he’s hitting a combined .322 with 27 doubles, three triples, nine homers and 27 RBI in 74 games between High-A Carolina and with the Shuckers.

Baseball Factory Events: 2012 & 2013 Under Armour SoCal Classic

Carter Kieboom – Washington Nationals (Double-A Harrisburg Senators)

Since his promotion to Harrisburg, Kieboom has lit up Eastern League pitching, hitting .375 with two homers, seven RBI and six walks in 16 games. Overall, the 20-year old is hitting .314 with 20 doubles, 13 homers, 53 RBI and 42 walks between high Single-A Potomac and the Senators.

Baseball Factory Events: 2015 Under Armour All-America Pre-Season Tournament, 2015 Under Armour All-America Game

Ryan Mountcastle – Baltimore Orioles (Double-A Bowie Baysox)

Ryan has rebounded from injury earlier this season to dominate in the minors, as the former first round pick is hitting over .300 (.313) with 10 doubles, three triples, seven homers and 32 RBI, while playing steady third base for the Baysox.

Baseball Factory Events: 2012 Under Armour Southeast Championships, 2013 Under Armour Memorial Day Classic, 2013 Under Armour Futures East, 2014 Under Armour All-America Game

Brendan Rodgers – Colorado Rockies (Double-A Hartford Yard Goats)

The former third overall pick is hitting .277 this season with 21 doubles, two triples, 16 homers, 56 RBI and 11 stolen bases and looks to be knocking on the door of an eventual promotion to the bigs.

Baseball Factory Events: 2013 Under Armour Futures East, 2014 Under Armour All-America Game

Jo Adell – Los Angeles Angels (Class-A Inland Empire 66ers)

The two-time Under Armour All-American has dominated the Cal League, producing 12 multi-hit games and five three-hit games as the 10th overall pick in the 2017 draft is hitting .315 with 12 doubles, two triples, 11 homers and 29 RBI in 39 games. And doing it all as a 19-year old.

Baseball Factory Events: 2015 & 2016 Under Armour All-America Game

Alex Kirilloff – Minnesota Twins (Class-A Fort Myers Miracle)

Kirilloff has made the jump to High-A and has continued to hit his way up the ranks, hitting a combined .332 between Single-A Cedar Rapids and High-A Fort Myers. In 79 games, Alex has recorded 22 doubles, six triples, 14 homers and 68 RBI.

Baseball Factory Events: 2013 Kelly Kulina Classic

Buddy Reed – San Diego Padres (Class-A Lake Elsinore Storm)

Buddy was selected in the second round of the 2016 draft out of the University of Florida and in his first full season at High-A Lake Elsinore, the left fielder is hitting .319 with 21 doubles, five triples, 11 homers, 45 RBI, 33 stolen bases with an OBP of .369

Baseball Factory Events: 2012 Under Armour Baseball Factory College PREP, 2012 Team One South Showcase

Taylor Trammell – Cincinnati Reds (Class-A Daytona Tortugas)

Trammell is lighting up the Florida State League with great numbers across the board, from the blossoming power to his great eye; he’s hitting .311 with 19 extra-base hits, 28 RBI, 12 stolen bases and 38 walks. He also has an OBP of .401.

Baseball Factory Events: 2015 Under Armour All-America Game

World Roster

Kieran Lovegrove – Cleveland Indians (Double-A Akron Rubber Ducks)

The former third round pick, born in Johannesburg, South Africa and who went to school at Mission Viejo in California, is 4-0 with a 1.38 ERA between Advanced-A Lynchburg and Double-A Akron. He’s recorded 46 strikeouts and three saves in a combined 38 1/3 innings this season.

Baseball Factory Events: 2011 Under Armour All-America Pre-Season Tournament, 2011 Team One West

Jesus Luzardo – Oakland Athletics (Double-A MidLand RockHounds)

After a promotion to the Rock Hounds, Luzardo has been rock solid in 12 starts, pitching to a 2.81 ERA with 64 strikeouts in 57 2/3 innings pitched, along with a WHIP of 1.04. Acquired in a trade from the Washington Nationals last season, Luzardo is now the pitching jewel of the Athletics’ organization. Overall between MidLand and Class-A Advanced Stockton where he began the season, Jesus has gone 7-4 with a 2.49 ERA.

Baseball Factory Events: 2013 Under Armour Baseball Factory National Tryout, 2015 Under Armour All-America Game

Heliot Ramos – San Francisco Giants (Class-A August GreenJackets)

Ramos broke out in a huge way at the 2016 Under Armour All-America Game, garnering MVP honors, going 3-for-3 with a triple, homer, three RBI and two runs scored. He kept that momentum going after being drafted by the Giants in the first round (19th overall) in 2017. In his first full season, the average has dipped some for Heliot (.234), but he’s still showing the same power and overall athleticism that had the Giants excited to select him. He’s collected 18 doubles, two triples, six homers and 24 RBI in 74 games.

Baseball Factory Events: 2016 Baseball Factory National Florida Showcase, 2016 Under Armour All-America Game

Good luck to all of our Baseball Factory alumni who were selected to this year’s All-Star Futures Game!

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