Royals outfield prospect Seuly Matias has had a remarkable season, leading all of minor league baseball in home runs with 24. That power has earned him a ticket to the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, to be held July 15 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. during All-Star week. The Dominican-born Matias will play on the World team as they take on U.S.-born prospects.
OF Seuly Matias will be the Royals lone representative at the All-Star Futures Game. MLB has him ranked as the team’s third-best prospect. #Royals— Josh Vernier (@JoshVernier610) July 6, 2018
The 19-year old is in his first year of full-season ball, and has had some ups and downs for Low-A Lexington, batting .219/.304/.566 with a 37.7% strikeout rate. Still, that power is something to behold. Joining Matias on the World Teams are Indians catcher Francisco Mejia, Giants outfielder Heliot Ramos, and Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis, Jr. The team will be managed by former Red Sox star David Ortiz.
The U.S. team, managed by former Twins outfielder Torii Hunter, is loaded with Top 100-ranked prospects, including Rockies shortstop Brandan Rodgers, Brewers second basman Keston Hiura, Angels outfielder Jo Adell, and Astros pitcher Forrest Whitley. You can see complete rosters here.
The game will air on MLB Network live at 3 p.m. CT on Sunday, July 15 with Greg Amsinger, Harold Reynolds, Lauren Shehadi and Jim Callis, with live streaming at MLB.com.
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
2017 - P Foster Griffin