Third baseman Hunter Dozier and outfielder Jorge Bonifacio have been named to the Futures Game, to be played Sunday, July 10 during All-Star week in San Diego. Dozier has rebounded from a disastrous 2015 season with an outstanding year, hitting .305/.400/.642 with 8 HR 21 RBI in 26 games with AA Northwest Arkansas before being promoted to AAA Omaha where he continued to impress, hitting .298/.347/.492 with 7 HR 23 RBI in 47 games. The 24-year old was a first-round pick by the Royals in 2013 out of Stephen F. Austin State. Dozier will play for the U.S. Team.
Jorge Bonifacio has hit .299/.361/.523 with 12 HR 51 RBI in 74 games for AAA Omaha this season. The 23-year old right-handed hitter was once ranked as a Top 100 prospect by Baseball America before the 2014 season, but had a poor showing in Northwest Arkansas that year. He hit better last season in AA, before tearing up the Pacific Coast League this year. The Dominican-born Bonifacio will play for the World Team.
Full Futures Game rosters are available here. The game will feature former #1 overall pick shortstop Dansby Swanson, Red Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada, and White Sox pitcher Carson Fulmer. The U.S. team is managed by Trevor Hoffman and the World Team is managed by Moises Alou.
The game will be broadcast on MLB Network at 6pm CT, and will also be streamed live on MLB.com, and broadcast on Sirius XM Satellite Radio.
Past Royals Futures Game Representatives:
1999 - OF Dee Brown
2000 - P Jeff Austin and P Chris George
2001 - P Chris George
2002 - SS Angel Berroa
2003 - OF Alexis Gomez and P Zack Greinke
2004 - 2B Ruben Gotay and SS Andres Blanco
2005 - 1B Justin Huber
2006 - 3B Alex Gordon and OF Billy Butler
2007 - P Luke Hochevar
2008 - P Julio Pimental
2009 - P Danny Duffy
2010 - 1B Eric Hosmer and 3B Mike Moustakas
2011 - OF Wil Myers and P Kelvin Herrera
2012 - OF Wil Myers, P Yordano Ventura, and P Jake Odorizzi
2013 - P Yordano Ventura and P Miguel Almonte
2014 - P Christian Binford
2015 - 1B Balbino Fuenmayor, SS Raul Mondesi, and 3B Cheslor Cuthbert