Down East Wood Ducks outfielder Leody Taveras and former Woodie C.D. Pelham will named to the 2018 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game roster, which was released Friday.
Tavaras will play on the World Team while Pelham will play for the U.S. Team in the game July 15 that features Minor League Baseball’s top prospects in a USA vs. World contest.
Taveras, 19, will be one of eight teenagers to play in the game as he earns his first selection to the Futures Game. He was the youngest position player to debut on an Opening Day roster in the Carolina League in 2018. The Dominican outfielder is hitting .245 with three home runs and 29 runs batted in while also leading the team in stolen bases with 12. The All-Star is also tied for the team lead in triples with four.
Pelham, 23, was promoted to the Frisco Roughriders on June 25 after opening the season with the Wood Ducks. At the time of his promotion, Pelham was a perfect 11-for-11 in saves with the DEWDs and had not allowed an earned run with the lead all season (1R/0ER). He was named a midseason All-Star and earned the save in the Carolina League All-Star Classic. He will join the U.S. Team for the first time in his career.
Both are listed in MLB Pipeline's top 30 Rangers prospects as Taveras is currently No.1 while Pelham slots at No. 19.
The teams will play live on MLB Network at 4:00 p.m. (ET) from Nationals Park in Washington, DC. The contest will mark the 20th year of the Futures Game with U.S. Team holding an 12-7 all-time series lead. Last year in Miami, the U.S. Team defeated the World Team 7-6 for its seventh victory in the last eight years.
Also in that game, former Down East right-hander Jonathan Hernandez joined the World Team and faced one batter in the game in the defeat.
On Thursday, the Wood Ducks suffered a 7-3 loss to the Winston-Salem Dash, despite the duo of Anderson Tejeda and Josh Altmann hitting home runs.
Down East (6-9, 41-44) could not solve the Winston-Salem (10-4, 51-33) bullpen for the final six innings of the contest.
Tejeda started the Wood Ducks off on the right track with a no-doubt solo blast to right that traveled an estimated 419 feet. It was the Dominican’s 14th home run to move himself into solo second place on the Wood Duck leaderboard for home runs in a single season.
The Dash managed to respond with two runs in the bottom of the frame to take a lead they would never lose. After adding three more in the second inning, they continued a streak of six consecutive innings with a run going back to Wednesday night.
With the DEWDs down 5-1 in the third, Eric Jenkins led off with a walk. Just two pitches later, Altmann launched his team-leading 16th of the season over the berm in left field. The swing put the Woodies within two and sparked another rally.
With one out, Tejeda, Chuck Leblanc, and Brendon Davis all reached to load the bases. However, Alex Kowalczyk and Melvin Novoa were retired to end the inning stranding three. The Woodies are now just 6-for-48 (.125) with the bases loaded this season.
Both pitching staffs settled down from therein. Yohander Mendez received a huge double play from Davis in the third, picked off a runner in the fourth, and had a pair of strikeouts in a 1-2-3 fifth. The wheels came off in the sixth when he allowed a two-out RBI double to Ti’Quan Forbes - his fourth hit of the night.
Las Rivera and Mitch Roman each had three hits to support Forbes while Kyle Kubat neutralized the Wood Duck offense with three innings of spotless work from the bullpen to set the tone.