3 Reds representatives to be part of MLB All-Star Futures Game

When the batter doesn't swing and Dragons shortstop Elly De La Cruz thinks the pitch is a strike, he always signals strike. Jeff Gilbert/CONTRIBUTED

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When the batter doesn't swing and Dragons shortstop Elly De La Cruz thinks the pitch is a strike, he always signals strike. Jeff Gilbert/CONTRIBUTED

One current Dayton Dragon, one recent Dayton Dragon and a Reds legend will be part of the 2022 MLB All-Star Futures game.

Dayton shortstop Elly De La Cruz will suit up for the National League team along with left-handed pitcher Andrew Abbott, who began the season in Dayton and is now a member of the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts.

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Former Red Eric Davis is one of the National League coaches for the game, which will be played July 16 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

De La Cruz is a switch-hitting shortstop who signed out of the the Dominican Republic four years ago and is a fast-rising star ranked the No. 2 prospect in the Reds organization according to MLB Pipeline.

The 20-year-old is batting .294 with a .910 OPS in 67 games for the Dragons. He has 15 homers, 47 RBI, 13 doubles and six triples. The 6-5, 200-pounder also has 25 steals.

Abbott is a left-handed starter who is 7-4 with a 4.09 ERA in 14 starts between Dayton and Chattanooga this season. He was 3-0 in four starts and five overall appearances for the Dragons.

The 23-year-old was the Reds’ second-round pick out of Virginia last year, and he is the team’s No. 12 prospect.

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