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D-backs' Ciriaco tabbed for Futures Game

D-backs' Ciriaco tabbed for Futures Game

PHOENIX -- The D-backs will be represented by Pedro Ciriaco in the 12th annual XM All-Star Futures Game, to be played on July 11 at 3 p.m. MT at Angel Stadium.

Ciriaco is one of two shortstops and 12 players hailing from the baseball-rich Dominican Republic selected to the World roster.

This past offseason, Ciriaco wasn't ranked among's list of baseball's top 50 prospects or Baseball America's list of the D-backs' top 10 prospects, but Baseball America did indicate he had the strongest arm of any infielder within the organization.


Ciriaco, a 24-year-old native of San Pedro de Macoris who signed as an undrafted free-agent in 2003, was batting .242 with 20 extra-base hits and 36 RBIs through 57 games for Arizona's Triple-A affiliate, the Reno Aces.

Following utility man Tony Abreu's injury in late May, D-backs manager A.J. Hinch said Ciriaco was among three candidates to be called up from the Minor Leagues, though Arizona ultimately recalled Ryan Roberts.

The D-backs sent pitchers Jarrod Parker and Leyson Septimo to last year's XM All-Star Futures Game.

The 12th annual Futures Game can be seen live on MLB.TV, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on's Gameday. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on XM 175. will also provide complete coverage before, during and after the game.

Taco Bell All-Star Sunday is the first of three days of All-Star events at Angel Stadium, culminating with the 81st All-Star Game on July 13.

Andrew Pentis is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.