Dunedin starter Henderson Alvarez participated in this past Sunday's MLB XM Futures Game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA, one of two players in the Toronto Blue Jays organization to be picked for the World Team.
Unfortunately, the 20-year-old right-hander from Venezuela was saddled with some bad luck, allowing three unearned runs on a three-run homer to Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim prospect Hank Conger in the fifth inning as the U.S. Team beat up on the World Team, 9-1.
A two-out error by Mariners prospect Alex Liddi allowed the inning to continue, and after a single from Kansas City prospect Eric Hosmer, who went 4-for-5 in the game, Conger got a hold of an Alvarez fastball and jumped all over it for the home run.
Alvarez struck out one batter in his one inning of work, giving up three hits and the three unearned runs.
The 20-year-old right-hander from Venezuela has shown more than just flashes of brilliance so far this season with Dunedin, compiling a 6-4 record and sitting second behind Chuck Huggins for the team lead in ERA amongst starters at 3.38.
Alvarez was named to the Florida State League 1st half All-Star team, and was ranked as the #5 prospect in the Toronto Blue Jays organization for the 2010 season by Baseball America, turning heads with his mid-90's fastball and offsetting change-up.
Former Dunedin reliever Trystan Magnuson of the Double-A New Hampshire Fishercats Also participated in the Futures Game, allowing one run on two hits with two walks in 2/3 of an inning.
The 6'7" Canadian was just named to the Eastern League 1st half All-Star team and has been dominant with the Fishercats this season, going 2-0 with a 2.30 ERA in 27 appearances.
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