The Oakland A’s will have two prospects participating in the annual MLB All-Star Futures Game, which takes place on July 15 in Washington, D.C. Left-hander Jesus Luzardo and catcher Sean Murphy will represent the A’s in the game, with Luzardo suiting up for the World Team and Murphy suiting up for Team USA.
Luzardo, who was born in Líma, Peru, but raised in south Florida, has split his age-20 season between High-A Stockton and Double-A Midland. In 72 1/3 innings, Luzardo has a 2.49 ERA and an 89:19 K:BB. He’s allowed only four home runs and has allowed just one earned run since the start of June (25 innings). Luzardo is the youngest pitcher in the Texas League and he has a 2.81 ERA in 57 2/3 Texas League innings this season. Luzardo was recently named to the Texas League All-Star team, although the A’s kept him out of participating in the game so he could pitch in the Futures Game.
Luzardo will get to pitch in front of fans of his original organization, the Washington Nationals. Washington traded Luzardo to the A’s last July in the deal that sent Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson to the Nats.
Murphy has been with Midland all season and he, too, was a Texas League All-Star. Widely considered the top defensive catcher in minor league baseball, the Wright State alum is also swinging a big bat this season. In 64 games, he is batting .289/.356/.504 with eight home runs and 42 RBI. Murphy was the A’s 3rd-round pick in 2016.
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