June 28 - J.B. Bukauskas has been selected to pitch in Major League Baseball’s Futures Game over the All-Star break next weekend in Cleveland.
The Stone Bridge graduate, a first round draft pick of the Houston Astros in 2017, will suit up for the American League team managed by Jim Thomas against a team of National League prospects managed by Omar Vizquel. The game is scheduled for July 7 at 7 p.m.
Bukauskas, 22, has had an up-and-down first half at Double-A Corpus Christi - he’s 0-3 with a 5.97 ERA with 69 strikeouts to 39 walks in 57.1 innings - but the right-hander remains on track as he progresses through Houston’s farm system. He is rated as the organization’s No. 5 prospect by MLB Pipeline, which lists him as the No. 98 overall prospect in baseball.
Courtland Grad McBroom Selected to Triple-A All-Star Game
Ryan McBroom (Courtland) is having another All-Star season in the minor leagues, earning a spot in the Triple-A midsummer classic, it was announced yesterday.
The 6-foot-3, 235-pound first baseman entered the day hitting .316, sixth in the International League, with 19 doubles, 16 home runs and 36 RBI in 67 games at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
His selection to the game, which will be held on July 10 in Reno, NV, marks the fourth time in five years he’s been selected to an All-Star Game. He earned honors in the Single-A Midwestern League in 2015 en route to league Most Valuable Player honors, then was named to the Advanced-A Florida State League game in 2016 and to the Double-A Eastern League game in 2017.
Rizzo Extends Hit Streak to 9 After Playing in California League All-Star Game
Joe Rizzo (Oakton) played in the Advanced-A California League All-Star Game on June 18, and he hasn’t gone a game without a hit since.
The magazine’s NOVA Nine Player of the Year in 2015, Rizzo is having his best professional campaign in his fourth season since the Seattle Mariners took him in the second round in 2016. Modesto’s left-handed swinging third baseman entered the day on a nine-game hitting streak and is hitting .298 with a .364 on-base percentage, 19 doubles, five homers and 31 RBI in 74 games.
Over his current hitting streak, Rizzo is batting .395 and has six multi-hit games. He has seven three-hit games this season.
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Photos of, clockwise from left, J.B. Bukauskas, Ryan McBroom and Joe Rizzo courtesy of their respective clubs