Lopez to represent Crew in Futures Game

Lopez to represent Crew in Futures Game

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers prospect Jorge Lopez on Tuesday was named to the World roster for the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. On July 13, he'll get a taste of the Major Leagues, and Milwaukee fans will get a glimpse of the future.

Lopez, a 21-year-old right-hander from Puerto Rico, has a 7-3 record and 3.00 ERA in 13 starts this season for the Class A Advanced Brevard County Manatees, and he's the lone Milwaukee representative in this year's game, which will be held at Target Field in Minneapolis. The Brewers selected Lopez with the 70th overall pick of the 2011 Draft, making him the second-highest-drafted pitcher from Puerto Rico at the time.

He was rated as the No. 19 prospect in the Brewers' system by MLB.com before the season started, and though he took a step back when he began his pro career, the team's front office is happy with what it's seen this year.

"Lopez has made a lot of progress," Brewers assistant GM Gord Ash said. "He's got a good fastball, very good command. He's a very good competitor, and the last year he's really come on."

In terms of fastball velocity, the closest comparable on the Brewers' staff may be Yovani Gallardo, who pitched a scoreless inning in the 2006 Futures Game.

Other current Brewers who have participated in the event include Ryan Braun, Matt Garza, Scooter Gennett, Tom Gorzelanny, Lyle Overbay, Francisco Rodriguez, Jean Segura, Tyler Thornburg and Rickie Weeks.

"It's certainly a privilege to play in it," Ash said. "It's a good idea that they brought it to fruition [15] years ago. A lot of scouts attend. That's where we saw Segura and [Ariel] Pena for instance [before the Brewers acquired those players from the Angels in the Zack Greinke trade in 2012]. It's a good reward, and it probably heightens a player's profile."

One player who can attest to that is Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez, who played in the inaugural Futures Game in Boston in 1999. Ramirez said he went 0-for-1 with a walk but had a great experience playing at Fenway Park.

"Its fun. You're out there with all the best prospects in the game," Ramirez said. "It's fun any time you have the opportunity to do that."

The 16th annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game will take place at 4 p.m. CT on Sunday, July 13, at Target Field in Minneapolis, and it can be seen live on MLB.com and MLB Network, and followed live on MLB.com's Gameday. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on MLB Network Radio XM 89 and Sirius channel 209. 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 and receive tweets to and from the U.S. and World Team dugouts during the game by tagging tweets with the hashtags #USDugout and #WorldDugout.

Major League Baseball, in conjunction with the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America and the 30 Major League clubs, selected the 25 players currently on each team.

Each Major League organization is represented, and players from all full-season Minor Leagues were eligible to participate. Complete Futures Game rosters, prospect analysis and rankings can be found at mlb.com/pipeline.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. Caitlin Swieca is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.