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Musgrove to play in ASG Futures Game at Petco July 10

Special to EastCountySports.com


SAN DIEGO – The 2016 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, set for Sunday, July 10 at San Diego’s Petco Park, will have an East County connection.

Fresno Grizzlies pitcher Joe Musgrove, a graduate of Grossmont High, was announced as a member of the United States team on Tuesday.

Major League Baseball announced the U.S. and World team rosters Tuesday afternoon. MLB, in conjunction with Baseball America, selected 50 of the game’s elite prospects. Each organization is represented and there are 15 first-round draft picks and four second-round selections.

Musgrove is a 23-year-old right-hander who was promoted to Triple-A Fresno from Corpus Christi on May 13. In seven Pacific Coast League starts, he stands 3-3. Musgrove was originally selected by Toronto with the 46th overall pick in 2011.

He went 2-1 with a 0.34 earned run average over six Texas League appearances (four starts), allowing just one earned run, 19 hits, and three walks while striking out 30 in 26 1/3 innings.

Musgrove was 4-0 with a 2.20 ERA in eight 2015 Hooks appearances.

Musgrove is a 6-foot-5, 265-pound right-hander, who was traded by Blue Jays to Astros.

He has missed time with a sprained rotator cuff and a sprained elbow. But since returning to health, he’s made up for missed time.

Musgrove has a 92-to-95 mph fastball and, along with a slider, which are both considered above average pitch, while his changeup is considered average. However, all three pitchers play up because he has some of the best control in the minors.

Also in the Futures Game, which will be televised live at 4 p.m. on MLB Network, will be three Padres’ minor league prospects OF Hunter Renfroe, 2B Carlos Asuaje and OF Carlos Margot. The latter pair are members of the World squad.

The World squad is made up of players from the Dominican Republic, Canada, Venezuela, Colombia, Cuba, Lithuania, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Taiwan, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


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