Endy Rodriguez and JP Massey are Named to Futures Game

MLB announced the first six players going to the MLB Futures Game ahead of tonight’s announcement on MLB Network. Indianapolis catcher Endy Rodriguez was among that initial group. Jason Mackey reports that Rodriguez will be joined by Greensboro right-handed pitcher JP Massey.

Rodriguez is the top prospect for the Pittsburgh Pirates among some sources. He was just ranked third in the system by MLB Pipeline in their update last night, though he actually moved up the rankings to get there. Rodriguez is now listed as the 39th best prospect in baseball by Pipeline.

Rodriguez is hitting .248/.332/.389 in 56 games this year. 

Massey was a seventh round pick who really impressed during Spring Training this year. After a couple of shaky outings to open the season, he has looked very strong for Bradenton and Greensboro, where he was recently promoted.

Between both stop, The 23-year-old Massey has a 4-3, 2.98 record over 54.1 innings, with 61 strikeouts and a 1.33 WHIP. He did not debut after being signed last year.

The Futures Game will take place during All-Star weekend in Seattle. It will be held on Saturday July 8th, with a 7:00 PM ET start.

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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