Kansas City Royals: Foster Griffin is sole entry in MLB Futures Game

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As a staple of proving the worth of the Kansas City Royals’ farm system, the MLB Futures Game gauges the up and coming roster additions. This year, left-handed pitcher Foster Griffin makes his way to the game as a solo act.

As a way to really show what the Kansas City Royals farm system projects truly have to offer, the MLB Futures Game is a fitting statement this year. This year, only one Royals prospect makes his way on the roster. Foster Griffin, a left handed pitcher out of Orlando, is the lone entry into the MLB Futures All-Star Game.

Foster Griffin is an impressive prospect at pitching. During his minor league 2017 run, Griffin posted ERAs of 2.68, 2.47, and 2.86 with multiple teams. He also struck out a combined 204 batters with his minor league seasons in 2017. Along with his pitching stats, Griffin has posted some positive numbers for fielding as well.

As a Royals farm system prospect heading into the MLB Futures Game, Griffin is in some good company. Noticeable players that came before him can be seen today all across the Royals’ starting lineup. Pitcher Danny Duffy played in the same game in 2009 while third baseman Mike Moustakas and first baseman Eric Hosmer both participated in 2010.

Other noticeable players are recent pickups from the Omaha Stormchasers. Jorge Bonifacio played in the MLB Futures game just last year while Cheslor Cuthbert along with Raul Mondesi were entries in 2014.

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While the players that play in the MLB Futures Game are never guaranteed a spot in the starting lineup, it is more likely you will see their names down the road. Considering the state that the Kansas City Royals pitching is in currently, Foster Griffin may soon be a bullpen entry that can have the potential to earn a starting role.

Right now, pitching is concerning for the Royals, but mainly due to injuries. If Griffin plays well, he may been on the starting lineup sooner than any MLB Futures Game prospect before him.

Where to Listen and Watch the MLB Futures All-Star Game

As a early part of the MLB All-Star marathon, the MLB Futures Game will be held today Sunday, July 9. You can catch the game on SiriusXM and MLB.com as well as the MLB Network at 3pm CDT.

One thing is for sure, the Royals really need Foster Griffin to do well. With a depleted farm system and a shortage of good closers on the mound, the Royals are hoping that a solution makes itself present sometime soon. If Foster Griffin manages to put up more impressive numbers in the minor leagues it may just be him.