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D-backs’ Yoan Lopez named to All-Star Futures Game roster

Arizona Diamondbacks' Yoan Lopez (32) throws during spring training baseball workouts Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Arizona Diamondbacks prospect and right-handed pitcher Yoan Lopez was named to the World Team for the 2018 All-Star Futures Game that will be played over the MLB All-Star break next weekend on July 15.

Lopez, 25, is a native of Nueva Gerona, Cuba and was an international signing in the 2014-15 offseason. He is the No. 25 prospect in the D-backs’ system, according to MLB Pipeline, and is expected to be the lone representative for the D-backs in this year’s Futures Game.

Other D-backs to have once appeared in the Futures Game include Archie Bradley, Paul Goldschmidt, Justin Upton and Miguel Montero, among others.

Lopez has appeared in 27 games — all in relief — for Double-A Jackson this season, posting a 3.38 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP and 55 strikeouts to go with 18 walks. He has six saves in 11 opportunities and has held opponents to a .187 batting average.

Last season, Arizona was represented in the 2017 Futures Game by top prospect Jon Duplantier on the U.S. team.

This year’s All-Star Futures Game, as well as the other events in the All-Star break, will be played at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

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