Adbert Alzolay has already made two major-league appearances, and good ones.
But Friday, he was named as one of two Cubs representatives for the MLB Futures Game, which will take place in Cleveland as part of All-Star festivities.
Top catching prospect Miguel Amaya is the other Cubs prospect who will be on the National League squad for the Futures Game.
Now, you have to be in the minor leagues to participate in this game; at times, players have been called up between the announcement of rosters and the game and thus have not been eligible. But in this case, the roster was announced while Alzolay was on a big-league roster. This implies that he might wind up optioned back to Triple-A Iowa before the game, which would make him eligible. Brendan McKay, a Rays prospect, was just promoted to the big leagues and also might be ineligible. Based on this tweet, though, it appears Alzolay will be replaced on the Futures Game roster:
Expect Alzolay to be replaced as he’s currently on Cubs roster— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) June 28, 2019
Yes, sorry. Thought my tweet regarding Futures Game was sent. Blame the bad WiFi near Fountain Square. Amaya and Alzolay representing Cubs, Robert and Madrigal for White Sox.— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) June 28, 2019
For the first time in its history, the Futures Game will feature an American League vs. National League format, following the U.S. vs. World match-ups of the last 20 years. In addition, the game will return to a seven-inning format and will follow the All-Star Celebrity Softball Game. Hall of Famer Jim Thome will lead the AL Futures Team, while four-time All-Star Dennis Martinez manages the NL Futures Team.
Here are the complete rosters for the game, which will begin at 6 p.m. CT Sunday, July 7 and be televised on MLB Network.