Arizona Diamondbacks fans all expect pitching prospect Trevor Bauer to be a perennial All-star once he gets to the major leagues. They probably did not expect him to be participating in All-Star Game festivities this year, being that he has yet to crack the major league roster. But he will be in Kansas City as part of the All-Star Break.
He and Alfredo Marte, an outfielder for the D-backs' Double-A team in Mobile, will be playing in the Futures Game. Bauer will be part of the US Team and Marte will be on the World Team.
Bauer has been mostly stellar in the minors this season. Between Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Reno, Bauer is 11-1 with a 2.19 ERA. He has struck out 111 batters in 90.1 innings.
D-backs general manager Kevin Towers has said on the radio, "He's pretty much done all he probably can do at Double-A and Triple-A, and he's been very successful at it." He does not yet have a spot on the major league roster, but he is expected to be called up at some point.
Marte is batting .288 and slugging .563 with 13 home runs for Mobile. He was named the MVP of the Southern League All-Star Game.
The selection of these players is just further proof of the bright future that Arizona has because of the talent in the minors. While Marte is still a ways from the major leagues, Bauer very likely could be back in future All-Star Games in the not too distant future.
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