Promising Rays duo cued for Futures Game
Hurlers Rivero, Romero will join World Team on All-Star Sunday
WASHINGTON -- Players for the Futures Game were announced on Thursday, and the Rays will have two in this year's game.
Left-handers Felipe Rivero and Enny Romero will play for the World Team that will take on the USA Team in the prestigious contest that puts the stars of tomorrow on the game's biggest stage.
The 14th annual Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game can be seen live on MLB.TV, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on MLB.com's Gameday on Sunday, July 8, at 5 p.m. ET. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on MLB Network Radio XM 89. MLB.com will also provide complete coverage before, during and after the game. Fans can stay updated by following @MLBFutures on Twitter and can send/receive tweets to/from the U.S. and World team dugouts during the game by following @USDugout and @WorldDugout.
Major League Baseball, along with the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America and the 30 Major League baseball clubs, selected the 25-man rosters.
Romero, 21, stands 6-foot-3, 165 pounds and hails from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He plays for Class A Charlotte of the Florida State League and was rated the Rays' No. 8 prospect by MLB.com prior to the season.
Romero was the MVP for Princeton in 2010 and he participated in the Rays' Winter Development Program at Tropicana Field in January.
He is 2-3, with a 3.08 ERA in 14 appearances (12 starts). He has 56 strikeouts and 37 walks in 73 innings. Opposing hitters are hitting just .208 against him.
Rivero, 20, is a 6-foot, 150-pounder from San Felipe, Venezuela, and plays for Bowling Green of the Class A Midwest League.
He is 6-5 with a 2.42 ERA in 14 appearances. He has struck out 66 and walked just 18 in 74 1/3 innings. Opposing batters are hitting .227 against him.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.