German relishes Futures Game, throws perfect frame
Marlins' No. 20 prospect strikes out pair for World team in All-Star showcase
MINNEAPOLIS -- The excitement felt by Marlins pitching prospect Domingo German was definitely not lost in translation. Asked about his being part of the Sirius-XM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, German smiled and appeared thrilled.
"I'm really happy. I'm so appreciative to be in this position right now," German said through an interpreter in the World team clubhouse. "This is a big moment in my career."
German rose to the occasion, working a perfect bottom of the second inning against Team USA. He struck out Kris Bryant and Joey Gallo before getting D.J. Peterson to ground out to the shortstop. Of German's 15 pitches, nine were strikes.
From San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic, German will turn 22 on Aug. 4, and he is proving to be one of the exciting young right-handed arms in the Marlins' system.
In 18 starts for Class A Greensboro this season, German is 8-3 with a 2.93 ERA. In 98 1/3 innings, he has allowed 101 hits and 19 walks while striking out 95. His high hit count comes from having good strike zone command, but his numbers show he can control the ball and avoid walks.
German, the Marlins' 20th-ranked prospect according to MLB.com, was signed in 2009. He is projected to be ready by 2017, as the organization appears to be in no rush to further expedite his progress.
With a three-pitch mix, according to scouting reports, German can bring his sinker to the plate usually between 91-94 mph.
"There's room for growth for him that could lead to more velocity -- as well as an outstanding changeup," MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo wrote last week. "You don't see a 1.7 BB/9 rate or a 5 K/BB ratio from young pitchers just getting started very often."
German could wind up carrying on a tradition of Marlins players who appear in the Futures Game that go on to the big leagues. Past Marlins to participate include outfielder Christian Yelich (2012-13), pitcher Jose Fernandez (2012) and Giancarlo Stanton (2009).
As for the 2014 edition, German was trying to soak it all in.
"There's a lot of stuff that I can learn from all of the players that are here," German said.