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2019 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game: Prospects to watch, broadcast info and more

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2019 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game: Prospects to watch, broadcast info and more

The top prospects in all of baseball will ascend on Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio on Sunday, July 7 for the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. 

The game falls in the middle of the 2019 MLB All-Star Week, which runs from July 5-9 and features not only the MLB All-Star Game and Home Run Derby, but also the MLB PLAY BALL PARK, an interactive event which will last the entirety of All-Star week.  

While the main attraction of All-Star Week is arguably the Home Run Derby, which is Monday, July 8, the Futures Game gives fans the opportunity to watch up-and-coming prospects play in a major-league ballpark. 

Here's the rundown on the game, including broadcast information and rosters...

Future's Game Info

This year the game will take on a different format than in previous years. Instead of the U.S.-born prospects vs. World prospects of past years, this year the American League prospects will face National League prospects in a format similar to that of the MLB All-Star Game. The game will also be only seven innings, another change implemented this year. 

The two rosters feature 37 of MLB's top-100 prospects, with the AL boasting just one more of those top-100 prospects, 19-18 over the NL. 

But don't confuse the All-Star Futures game with the Triple-A All-Star Game! The latter will be played in El Paso, Texas, on July 10 and will feature the top players in the Pacific Coast League and the International Leagues. 

Future's Game How to Watch

Who: AL Prospects vs. NL Prospects
What: SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game
When: Sunday, July 7
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Where: Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
TV Channel: MLB Network
Stream Online: MLB.com

Future's Game Rosters

(Organization and level in parentheses)

RHP Jordan Balazovic (Twins, A+)
RHP J.B. Bukauskas (Astros, AA)
RHP Justin Dunn (Mariners, AA)
RHP Deivi Garcia (Yankees, AA)
LHP D.L. Hall (Orioles A+)
RHP Nate Pearson (Blue Jays, AA)
RHP Grayson Rodriguez (Orioles, A)
RHP Brady Singer (Royals, AA)

C Ronaldo Hernandez (Rays, A+)
C Sam Huff (Rangers, A+)
C Jake Rogers (Tigers, AAA)
SS Wander Franco (Rays, A)
3B Nolan Jones (Indians, A)
SS Royce Lewis (Twins, A+)
2B Nick Madrigal (White Sox, AA)
SS Jorge Mateo (Athletics, AAA)
3B Isaac Paredes (Tigers, AA)
1B Evan White (Mariners, AA)
OF Jo Adell (Angels, AA)
OF Jarren Duran (Red Sox, AA)
OF Daniel Johnson (Indians, AAA)
OF Jarred Kelenic (Mariners, A+)
OF Luis Robert (White Sox, AA)

(Organization and level in parentheses)

RHP Adbert Alzolay (Cubs, AAA)
RHP Ian Anderson (Braves, AA)
LHP Ben Bowden (Rockies, AAA)
LHP MacKenzie Gore (Padres, A+)
LHP Anthony Kay (Mets, AAA)
RHP Dustin May (Dodgers, AA)
RHP Adrian Morejon (Padres, A+)
RHP Luis Patino (Padres, AA)
LHP Sixto Sanchez (Marlins, AA)
RHP Devin Williams (Brewers, AA)

C Miguel Amaya (Cubs, A+)
C Joey Bart (Giants, A+)
C Daulton Varsho (Diamondbacks, AA)
3B Alec Bohm (Phillies, AA)
1B Will Craig (Pirates, AAA)
2B Isan Diaz (Marlins, AAA)
3B Nolan Gorman (Cardinals, A+)
SS Carter Kieboom (Nationals, AAA)
SS Gavin Lux (Dodgers, AA)
OF Dylan Carlson (Cardinals, AA)
OF Monte Harrison (Marlins, AAA)
OF Cristian Pache (Braves, AA)
OF Heliot Ramos (Giants, A+)
OF Alek Thomas (Diamondbacks, A)
OF Taylor Trammell (Reds, AA)

Virginia's first LLWS appearance in 25 years rests on defense, luck and pitching depth

Virginia's first LLWS appearance in 25 years rests on defense, luck and pitching depth

The last time a Virginia team qualified for a spot at the Little League World Series was 1994. This was also the year Disney released the original Lion King and Forrest Gump made his monumental run around the United States. 

Twenty-five years later, the Loudon South Little League team will be making their run (or hopefully, runs) around the bases. 

It all started back in South Riding, Va., where the team won 16 consecutive games to take the Southeast Region tournament title. Pitcher Justin Lee fell to his knees after the final out of game 16, where Loudoun South dominated Peachtree City, Ga. 12-2, and advanced themselves to the Little League World Series. 

Led by head coach Alan Bowden, this experience had been a dream for both the players and the coach. Bowden's father played in the Little League World Series 65 years ago, he's told reporters, and he told PennLive that now coaching his son in the tournament is a dream.

“I know I talk with my dad about his experience a couple times a year,” Bowden told PennLive. “Just being here and meeting all these international teams and other teams from around the country is really special.”

The team entered their first LLWS game against New England's Barrington Little League team on Friday, August 16th. With tenacity and what appeared to be just sheer coolness, the Southeast regional champions completed the 52nd no-hitter in LLWS history, crushing the Rhode Island team 3-0

Bowden credited the team's defense and depth according to LittleLeague.org.

“We pride ourselves in defense,” he said. “We practice, practice, practice defense and we feel like the real staple of our team is defense.”

Loudoun South didn't stop there. Lee returned to the mound and completed the 53rd no-hitter in LLWS history, striking out six and walking only two. The game ended shortly after as Lee and the team reached the Little League's margin-of-victory rule. 

“I have no words. It’s just, I guess sometimes you get lucky, and this week has been very fortunate for me,” Lee said according to the Washington Post after the victory. “I’ve been getting to meet a lot of cool people. This whole thing, being here is all great, and getting to throw two no-hitters feels amazing.”

The Virginia team's next matchup will be against West champions Hawaii. Central East Maui baseball team most recently completed a 6-0 victory over Elizabeth, N.J. on Monday.

"I'm really really proud of the kids. The way they've executed and the way they've pushed down the media and the big crowd and just gone out and done their job," Bowden told reporters after their last win. "I have told them, you know look around enjoy the moment this is the biggest game of your life but it's still the same game you play back at home ... and they've done a fantastic job of staying focused. And I've never been prouder of a group of kids."


Justin Lee throws no-hitter to lead Loudoun South in dominant Little League World Series win

Justin Lee throws no-hitter to lead Loudoun South in dominant Little League World Series win

The first team from Virginia to make the Little League World Series in 25 years is certainly making the most of its opportunity. Loudoun South threw its second no-hitter in as many games in a dominant 11-0 win over the Midwest Region champion out of Minnesota on Sunday.

Justin Lee enjoyed another dominant start. In the team’s first win on Friday, Lee pitched 2.2 innings in the combined no-hitter. On Sunday, he was able to go the distance. Lee pitched the full four innings with six strikeouts and two walks in 54 pitches.

As dominant as the pitching was, however, the bats were there to match.

Loudoun South did not wait long to take control. A double by Liam Thyen in the first inning brought in three runs giving the team a 3-0 lead they would never relinquish. A five-run second inning further cemented the dominant lead.

The bats were hot all day for Loudoun South who finished with nine total hits in just four innings. Thyien finished the game with five RBIs.

With the win, Loudoun South advances to within one game of the United States Championship. They will play the winner of the West and Mid-Atlantic champs on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.