The Red Sox representation at the MLB All-Star Futures Game July 15 in Washington - besides David Ortiz, who'll manage the World team - is a 19-year-old Venezuelan right-hander.
Bryan Mata is 5-2 with a 3.14 ERA in 15 starts for the Class A Salem Red Sox of the Carolina League and will pitch for Ortiz's World team. MLB announced the Futures rosters on Friday. At 6-3, 160 pounds, he's got some filling out to do but has 56 strikeouts (as well as 55 walks) in 66 innings. The 2016 international free-agent signee was the youngest player in the South Atlantic League last season when he went 5-6, 3.74 in 17 starts for Greenville.
Two of the Red Sox' top two prospects, third baseman Michael Chavis and left-hander Jay Groome, have missed significant time this season. Groome still faces a long recovery after having Tommy John surgery in May and Chavis completed serving his 80-game PED suspension this week and was assigned to the Class A Lowell Spinners on Monday.
Ortiz's good friend and former Minnesota Twins teammate Torii Hunter will manage Team USA, which features Bo Bichette, the Blue Jays shortstop prospect and son of former Red Sox outfielder Dante Bichette, and Yankees left-handed pitching prospect Justus Sheffield. Ex-Red Sox reliever Joel Hanrahan is the Team USA pitching coach.