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The MLB has announced rosters for the 18th annual Futures Game. Lithuanian right-handed pitcher Dovydas Neverauskas of the Pittsburgh Pirates is named.
The Futures Game, first played in 1999, features top prospects in Minor League Baseball in an exhibition game between a US squad and a World team. This year’s game takes place at Petco Park in San Diego, CA as part of the All Star Week events. Game day is Sunday, July 10th.
Following in the footsteps of Alex Liddi, who participated in 2009, 2010, 2011; Rick van den Hurk who played in 2007 and Max Kepler who was invited to play in 2015 but was injured, Neverauskas will join these men, and many others, as a representative of European baseball for the World team.
Dovydas hails from Vilnius, Lithuania. The 23-year old signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates in the summer of 2009 and made his professional baseball debut a year later in Florida’s Gulf Coast League. Since that time he has moved through the Pirates farm system, developing as a starting pitcher with mixed results.
In 2015, Neverauskas transitioned to reliever. His standing, within the Pirates organization, has risen since. Over the winter he was invited to MLB Spring Training as a non-roster player. At the beginning of the 2016 season he was assigned to double-A. After 32 strikeouts in 28 innings, he was promoted to triple-A. Now he’s just one step away from the bigs.