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Baseball Factory Alumni to Play in Futures Game

Major League Baseball has released the rosters for the 2016 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, and 12 Baseball Factory alumni are set to play in the game. The game is meant to show off the MLB’s top prospects, and the players are split up into two teams: World and U.S., based on their birthplace. Of the 12 Baseball Factory alumni playing in the Futures Game, 10 are on the U.S. Team and two are on the World Team.

 

U.S. Team

Anthony Banda: LHP, AAA Reno (Arizona Diamondbacks)

The 6’2” lefty was 6-2 with a 2.12 ERA at AA Mobile before being called up recently to the AAA squad. Banda, 22 years old, has struggled in his brief time with Reno, as the southpaw is carrying a 6.60 ERA after his first three starts. On the season, Banda is striking out more than a guy an inning.

He was then a 10th round pick (335th overall) by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2012 before he was traded to Arizona in 2014 as part of the deal for outfielder Gerardo Parra.

Baseball Factory coaches saw Banda at a Round Rock (Austin), Texas, National Tryout in 2009 as well as the 2009 Under Armour Recruiting Classic.

Nate Smith: LHP, AAA Salt Lake (Los Angeles Angels)

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Smith dominated AA last season, as the Furman University standout had a 2.48 ERA in 100 innings for Arkansas. Smith then struggled at the AAA level after being called up, but the 24-year-old lefty has bounced back this year, owning a 3.99 ERA and a 6-3 record in 94.2 innings pitched for the Salt Lake Bees.

Smith was drafted in the eighth round (247th overall) of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Angels.

Baseball Factory coaches saw Smith play at the Team One North Showcase in 2008.

 

Alex Bregman: SS/3B, AAA Fresno (Houston Astros)

Bregman is not only one of the top prospects in the Houston Astros organization, but one of the most coveted prospects in all of baseball. This season at AA Corpus Christi, the shortstop smacked 14 home runs and 16 doubles, walked more than he struck out and slashed .297/.415/.559. Since being called up to AAA Fresno, the 22-year-old has hit four home runs and three doubles in only seven games.

The former LSU star was drafted with the second-overall pick in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft by the Houston Astros.

Baseball Factory coaches first saw Bregman at the 2009 Team One Futures Game. Bregman also played in the Under Armour Preseason All-America Tournament in both 2010 and 2011.

Carson Kelly: C, AA Springfield (St. Louis Cardinals)

Kelly, one of the St. Louis Cardinals’ best prospects, is enjoying the best success of his professional career. The 21-year-old backstop has been in the Cardinals system since he was 17 years old and is in his fifth professional season. Kelly is slashing .287/.338/.403 with six home runs on the season.

The 6’2” 220-pound catcher was drafted in the second round (86th overall) of the 2012 Draft by the Cardinals.

Kelly has attended many events with Baseball Factory, with the first event being a College PREP in 2008 in Monmouth, Oregon. Kelly then played in the Under Armour Preseason All-America Tournament in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. The catcher also attended a 2009 National Tryout in Monmouth, Oregon, a Team One West Showcase, a 2010 College PREP in Costa Mesa, California, and a Team One Futures Game in 2010. Lastly, Kelly played in the Under Armour All-America Game in 2011.

Chance Sisco: C, AA Bowie (Baltimore Orioles)

After dominating LoA and HiA ball in 2014 and the first half of 2015, Sisco was called up to AA Bowie. The backstop struggled at the higher level in 2015, but this season the 21-year-old has turned it around. So far this season, Sisco is slashing .302/.392/.392 with 17 doubles.

Sisco was drafted in the second round (65th overall) of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles.

Baseball Factory coaches saw Sisco at a 2010 College PREP in Azusa, California.

 

Hunter Dozier: 3B, AAA Omaha (Kansas City Royals)

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After struggling at AA in 2015, Dozier has turned it around this season. The 24-year-old started the season at AA NW Arkansas and owned a 1.042 OPS in his first 26 games there. Since being moved to AAA, the third baseman is hitting .335 with nine home runs and 18 doubles in only 56 games.

Dozier was drafted with the eighth overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft by the Kansas City Royals.

Baseball Factory coaches saw Dozier at a 2009 National Tryout in Carrollton (Dallas), Texas.

 

Dominic Smith: 1B, AA Binghamton (New York Mets)

Smith, one of the best prospects in all of baseball, is continuing his professional baseball success this season at AA Binghamton. The 21-year-old is slashing .280/.341/.441 with 10 home runs and 17 doubles in 82 games this season.

Smith was drafted with the 11th overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft by the New York Mets.

Smith played in the Under Armour All-America Game in 2012.

 

Andrew Benintendi: OF, AA Portland (Boston Red Sox)

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Benintendi crushed HiA pitching at the beginning of the season, posting a .976 OPS, before being called up to AA Portland. Since being called up, the University of Arkansas standout is slashing .284/.342/.503 with six homers and 13 doubles in only 45 games.

Benintendi was drafted in the first round (seventh overall) by the Boston Red Sox in the 2015 Draft.

Baseball Factory coaches saw Benintendi at a 2012 National Tryout in Amelia (Cincinnati), Ohio.

 

Clint Frazier: OF, AA Akron (Cleveland Indians)

Frazier is continuing his steady success at each level of the minor leagues. The 6’1” 21-year-old outfielder is slashing .287/.369/.485 with 11 home runs, 23 doubles, 43 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 76 games for the RubberDucks.

Frazier was drafted with the fifth overall pick in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Cleveland Indians.

Frazier played in the Under Armour All-America Game 2012.

 

Austin Meadows: OF, AAA Indianapolis (Pittsburgh Pirates)

Before recently being called up to AAA Indianapolis, Meadows was crushing AA pitching. The 21-year-old outfielder was slashing .311/.365/.611 with six home runs, eight triples and 16 doubles in only 45 games with Altoona. Meadows will not play in the Futures Game, though, as the outfielder was recently placed on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring.

Meadows was drafted with the ninth overall pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2013 MLB Draft.

Meadows played in the Under Armour All-America Game in 2012.

 

World Team

Ronald Guzman: 1B, AA Frisco (Texas Rangers)

Guzman is enjoying his best season of his professional career so far this season, as the 21-year-old is slashing .295/.360/.477 with 10 home runs, 14 doubles and four triples for AA Frisco.

Guzman was signed as an international free agent on July 2, 2011, by the Texas Rangers.

Guzman played in the Under Armour All-America Game in 2010.

 

 

Josh Naylor: 1B, Low-A lowa Greensboro (Miami Marlins)

Naylor is one of the top prospects in the Miami Marlins system, as his power rates off the charts. Naylor, at only 19 years old, has nine home runs, 18 doubles and 46 RBI in 72 games so far this season with Greensboro.

The 6’0” 225-pound first baseman was a first round selection (12th overall) by the Miami Marlins in the 2015 MLB Draft.

Naylor played in the Under Armour All-America Game in 2014.

 

The 2016 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game will be played on July 10 at Petco Park in San Diego. The game will start at 4 p.m. and will be broadcast on MLB Network.

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