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Royals pitching prospect Foster Griffin to represent Team USA at Futures Game

The young left-hander has been on a roll this year.

Photo courtesy of Bradford Glazier

Left-handed pitcher Foster Griffin will represent the Royals and America at the Futures Game to be played July 9 in Miami during All-Star week. The game features future prospects in a matchup of Team USA vs. The World.

Foster Griffin was originally a first-round sandwich pick in 2014 out of high school in Orlando, Florida. He has struggled a bit so far in his career, but has taken a big step forward this year with a 2.86 ERA in ten starts for Wilmington before being promoted to AA Northwest Arkansas and posting a 1.93 ERA in six starts there. Overall he has 91 strikeouts and 30 walks in 94 minor league innings this year..

Griffin joins a Team USA roster that includes White Sox pitcher Michael Kopech, and Blue Jays outfielder Bo Bichette. He may have to face an opposing lineup that features Top 100 prospects like Washington’s Victor Robles, Boston’s Rafael Devers, and White Sox slugger Yoan Moncada. Full rosters are listed here.

Team USA will be managed by former Marlins catcher Charles Johnson while Team World will be managed by former Marlins shortstop Edgar Renteria. The Futures Game will air live on MLB Network at 3 p.m. CT on Sunday, July 9.

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

2016 - OF Hunter Dozier and OF Jorge Bonifacio