OTTAWA- Canadians Jordan Balazovic of Mississauga has been named to the American League roster for the annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which will be played on Sunday, July 7th (7pm ET) at Progressive Field in Cleveland as part of Major League Baseball’s All-Star weekend.
MLB Network will exclusively televise and MLB.com will live stream the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.
Balazovic, 20, was one of 25 players named to the American League squad while 25 players were named to the National League squad as the contest, in its 21st year, shifts from a World vs US format to an American vs National League format for the first time.
Selected by the Minnesota Twins in the fifth round of the 2016 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, Balazovic is currently a member of High-A Fort Myers where he has a 4-1 win/loss record and 2.63 earned run average with 54 strikeouts over 41 innings pitched.
The right-handed pitcher was promoted to High-A after opening the season with Single–A Cedar Rapids where he pitched to the tune of a 2.18 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 20 and two-thirds innings pitched.
A graduate of the Junior National Team program, it has been a big week for Balazovic who cracked MLBPipeline’s Top 100 prospects list while also being named to Canada’s national team roster that will compete at the Pan Am Games next month in Lima, Peru.
All-time Canadian Futures Game participants:
Futures Game Participants (1999-2019)
Name Year(s) Team
Phillippe Aumont 2008 Mariners
Jordan Balazovic 2019 Twins
Erik Bedard 2001, 2002 Orioles
Jeff Francis 2004 Rockies
Tyson Gillies 2009 Mariners
Rich Harden 2003 A's
Shawn Hill 2003 Expos
George Kottaras 2006 Padres
Pierre-Luc LaForest 1999 Devil Rays
Brett Lawrie 2009, 2010 Brewers
Jordan Lennerton 2013 Tigers
Kyle Lotzkar 2012 Reds
Adam Loewen 2005 Orioles
Trystan Magnuson 2010 Blue Jays
Scott Mathieson 2005 Phillies
Russell Martin 2005 Dodgers
Chris Mears 1999 Mariners
Justin Morneau 2002, 2004 Twins
Aaron Myette 1999, 2000 White Sox
Josh Naylor 2016, 2017 Marlins, Padres
Ntema Ndungidi 2000 Orioles
Tyler O'Neill 2016 Mariners
James Paxton 2011 Mariners
Dalton Pompey 2014 Blue Jays
Cal Quantrill 2017 Padres
Michael Saunders 2007 Mariners
Mike Soroka 2017 Braves
Scott Thorman 2003 Braves
Rene Tosoni 2009 Twins
Phillippe Valiquette 2010 Reds
Jimmy Van Ostrand 2007 Astros
Joey Votto 2006, 2007 Reds
Nick Weglarz 2009 Indians
*2015 & 2018 - no representative