D-backs' Ciriaco tabbed for Futures Game
Club's lone representative will play shortstop for World
PHOENIX -- The D-backs will be represented by Pedro Ciriaco in the 12th annual XM All-Star Futures Game, to be played on July 11 at 3 p.m. MT at Angel Stadium.
Ciriaco is one of two shortstops and 12 players hailing from the baseball-rich Dominican Republic selected to the World roster.
This past offseason, Ciriaco wasn't ranked among MLB.com's list of baseball's top 50 prospects or Baseball America's list of the D-backs' top 10 prospects, but Baseball America did indicate he had the strongest arm of any infielder within the organization.
Ciriaco, a 24-year-old native of San Pedro de Macoris who signed as an undrafted free-agent in 2003, was batting .242 with 20 extra-base hits and 36 RBIs through 57 games for Arizona's Triple-A affiliate, the Reno Aces.
Following utility man Tony Abreu's injury in late May, D-backs manager A.J. Hinch said Ciriaco was among three candidates to be called up from the Minor Leagues, though Arizona ultimately recalled Ryan Roberts.
The D-backs sent pitchers Jarrod Parker and Leyson Septimo to last year's XM All-Star Futures Game.
The 12th annual Futures Game can be seen live on MLB.TV, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on MLB.com's Gameday. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on XM 175. MLB.com will also provide complete coverage before, during and after the game.
Taco Bell All-Star Sunday is the first of three days of All-Star events at Angel Stadium, culminating with the 81st All-Star Game on July 13.
Andrew Pentis is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.