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06/21/12 6:41 PM ET
Reading pair to represent Phils in Futures Game
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies officially have two representatives in the All-Star Futures Game next month in Kansas City. Three others have Phillies ties. Double-A Reading right-handers Lisalverto Bonilla and Julio Rodriguez will play for the World Team. MLB.com ranked Bonilla the organization's 12th best prospect in February. It ranked Rodriguez 15th. But three former Phillies prospects also made the team: first baseman Jonathan Singleton, catcher Travis d'Arnaud and outfielder Anthony Gose. The Phillies shipped Singleton to Houston in the Hunter Pence trade. They sent d'Arnaud to Toronto in the Roy Halladay trade. They shipped Gose to Houston in the Roy Oswalt trade. (Gose was then traded to Toronto and remains in that organization.) Tough to see that? "Not really," Phillies assistant general manager Benny Looper said. "I think it speaks well for our international scouts and domestic guys about procuring that talent. I'm happy for the players. We wish we had them with us, but they helped us acquire some good talent. I wouldn't say I'm disappointed to see it. I'm happy for the guys. When you get good Major League players right now, you've got to give up talent. You pay the price." Bonilla probably has more upside than Rodriguez. He is 3-2 with a 1.95 ERA in 25 relief appearances this season between Class A Clearwater and Reading. He has allowed 27 hits, eight earned runs, 14 walks and has struck out 51 batters in 37 innings. "He's a tall, slender kid with an above-average fastball and above-average changeup," Looper said. "He's got two plus-pitches. They're both strikeout pitches. His slider is not as consistent, but he's got good depth on his slider as well." Bonilla moved into the bullpen this season after starting in the past. "We thought with what he featured that he would move quicker and that it was a better spot for him," Looper said. Rodriguez is 4-1 with a 2.81 ERA in 13 starts with Reading. He has allowed 59 hits, 23 earned runs, 34 walks and has struck out 71 batters in 73 2/3 innings. He is not overpowering, with an average fastball and average curveball. He also throws a slider and changeup. "There's got to be some deception in his delivery because he gets a lot of swings and misses," Looper said. Rodriguez projects as a bottom-of-the-rotation starter. The 14th annual Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game can be seen live on MLB.TV, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on MLB.com's Gameday on Sunday, July 8, at 5 p.m. ET. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on MLB Network Radio XM 89. MLB.com will also provide complete coverage before, during and after the game. Fans can stay updated by following @MLBFutures on Twitter and can send/receive tweets to/from the U.S. and World team dugouts during the game by following @USDugout and @WorldDugout. Major League Baseball, along with the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America and the 30 Major League baseball clubs, selected the 25-man rosters.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.