Former Nacogdoches Central Heights High School standout Grayson Rodriguez is making the most of his first full season in professional baseball.
Rodriguez is 7-1 with a 2.21 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 57 innings for the Delmarva Shorebirds — the Single-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.
Rodriguez was rewarded for his strong start to the season and being regarded as one of the top prospects in baseball by being selected to participate in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.
The game will be at 6 p.m. on July 7 at Progressive Field in Cleveland and will be televised on the MLB Network.
The event was previously United States against the World but will shift to National League against American League this year. It has also been shortened from nine to seven innings for the first time since the inaugural game in 1999, according to MLB’s Jim Callis.
Rodriguez is currently the top-ranked player in the Baltimore organization and is ranked as the No. 53 prospect in the MLB.
The top overall prospect in MLB — Tampa Bay’s Wander Franco — will also be in the game.
The Texas Rangers and Houston Astros will each have one representative in the contest.
Catcher Sam Huff, who is ranked No. 21 in the Texas system, will represent the Rangers.
Right-handed pitcher J.B. Bukauskas — ranked No. 5 in the Houston organization and 98 in MLB — participate for the Astros.