Colorado Rockies: Hoffman, Tapia Selected for Futures Game
The Colorado Rockies will be represented on both sides of the field when the 2016 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game takes place on Sunday, July 10 at Petco Park in San Diego.
Jeff Hoffman was one of 10 pitchers selected to represent the United States. The 6-foot-5 right-hander entered Tuesday’s action with a 4-5 record and 3.49 ERA in 15 starts for Triple-A Albuquerque. In 87.2 innings, he’s allowed 83 hits while walking 29 and striking out 88.
Hoffman was one of the main pieces the Rockies acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in return for Troy Tulowitzki last July. At the time, Hoffman was the third-rated Blue Jays prospect while fellow pitcher Miguel Castro was ranked fifth.
Hoffman is undoubtedly one of the cornerstones of the future for the Rockies rotation. He was selected with the ninth overall pick by Toronto in the 2014 MLB Draft.
Facing Hoffman and his United States teammates will be players from around the world, including outfielder Raimel Tapia, a Colorado Rockies prospect currently playing with Double-A Hartford.
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Coming into Tuesday’s games, Tapia was batting .317 with six homers and 22 RBI in his first Double-A season. The 22-year-old native of the Dominican Republic hit .305 with 12 homers and 71 RBI at Class A Modesto last season to earn the promotion.
In the Colorado organization since the age of 17, Tapia was the sixth-ranked Rockies prospect heading into the season.
The SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, now in its 18th year, features the top Minor League prospects competing in a contest as part of All-Star Sunday. The U.S. Team, which has won each of the last six games, leads the all-time series, 11-6.
As part of its live All-Star Week programming, MLB Network will exclusively televise and MLB.com will live stream the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at 5 p.m. (Mountain time).
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Additionally, SiriusXM, the Official Satellite Radio Partner of Major League Baseball, will provide live play-by-play coverage of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on MLB Network Radio (XM channel 89; Sirius channel 209) in addition to SiriusXM’s other comprehensive live coverage from San Diego.