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RoughRiders infielder Ronald Guzman has been selected to participate in the 2016 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, held Sunday at 6:00 p.m. CT at San Diego’s Petco Park. Today, he was placed on the temporary inactive list, leaving the RoughRiders to play in Sunday’s contest.
Steve Goldberg: You were selected to play in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday in San Diego. How special is that to you?
Ronald Guzman: I am really excited about it. It is a great opportunity and I am ready to go have fun. There are a lot of great guys that are going there, so I am looking forward to seeing them.
SG: Was playing in the Futures Game a goal for you coming into this season?
RG: Actually yeah, it was a goal in the back of my mind. It wasn’t a main goal, but I really wanted to make it there. I am really happy that I could achieve that goal.
SG: How did you find out you were going to be playing in the game?
RG: I saw it on Twitter. People were congratulating me, and then my agent texted me and told me I was going. I was obviously pumped. That was right before the Texas League All-Star Game.
SG: Travis Demeritte is going as well, another Rangers prospect who was a teammate of yours in Hickory last year. Are you excited to see him again?
RG: Yeah, he is a great guy and a great teammate. I am happy to see him again. I haven’t seen him in a little while since he has been in High Desert, so I am looking forward to seeing him.
SG: You get a chance to play at Petco Park right before the Major League All-Star Game. What is that feeling like for you?
RG: This is a great field right here in Frisco, but I know the big league stadiums are another level. I am really excited to play there and just have fun.
SG: Have you had any experience playing in Major League ballparks before?
RG: Yeah, I had a chance to play at Wrigley Field when I was 15 in the Under Armour All-America Game. I actually played in San Diego one time in instructional league. And I had a chance to play in Texas during Spring Training this year.
SG: There is obviously a big difference going from playing in a Minor League game to playing in an All-Star game like the Futures Game on Sunday. What is the adjustment like for you to prepare for it?
RG: I am not thinking about anything different. I am just going to do the same thing I’ve been doing for the last couple months. I am going to get ready like I am playing a normal game with the same routine. I am going to do my best and select good pitches to hit well.
Guzman will be one of two Rangers farmhands participating in Sunday’s Futures Game. Class A-Advanced High Desert infielder Travis Demeritte, who is tied for the fifth-most home runs in Minor League Baseball (20), will play for US Team, playing against Guzman and the World Team. Last year, the Rangers organization sent outfielders Nomar Mazara and Nick Williams to the game.
Sunday’s game will be broadcast live by MLB Network. For more information, and to find what channel MLB Network is on in your area, click here.
Baseball term of the day: slapjack – One of a series of base hits “stacked right on top of the other”
(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary)
by: Jay Wallis
As Frisco RoughRiders infielder Joey Gallo continues to progress through the different levels of professional baseball, he has taken the changes of play in stride. He faced a new challenge Sunday afternoon and showcased the extraordinary power that has been pushing him forward.
Gallo was honored with the Most Valuable Player award for the 2014 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday at Target Field.
The lefty played for the U.S. Team, which took down the World Team 3-2. It wouldn’t have happened without a mammoth go-ahead home run from Gallo.
After the World Team picked up two runs in the top of the sixth, the U.S. faced a 2-1 deficit with the middle of the lineup up to bat. The 20-year-old phenomenon faced Astros pitching product Michael Feliz in the bottom of the sixth inning with a man on second. After patiently letting two balls go by, Gallo keyed in on a 95-mph fastball that Feliz left over the plate and showed off the torque he can generate by crushing the 2-0 pitch out of the park. The home run measured at 419 feet, according to the MLB Network’s live broadcast.
Gallo, 20, finished the night 1-for-4 as the DH for a U.S. Team that has won five consecutive matchups and 10 of 16 overall. The Frisco product is the first All-Star Futures Game MVP from the Texas Rangers organization.
It shouldn’t have come as a surprise that Gallo went yard since he is tied with Cubs product Kris Bryant in leading all professional baseball with 31 home runs on the year. Splitting time with both the High-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans and Double-A ‘Riders in 2014, Gallo is batting .307 (89-for-290) with 73 RBI, 16 doubles and three triples. He has shown better plate discipline and pitch recognition as the season has moved along.
The 6-5, 205-pound Nevada native has been generating buzz since the moment he arrived in Frisco. In his very first game at the Double-A level, with plenty of the DFW media intensively watching his every move, Gallo hit a two-out, walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth to give his new team the dramatic victory.