The Los Angeles Dodgers season may have come to an end, but a handful of their prospects are participating in the Arizona Fall League or playing abroad. Beginning Tuesday, Drew Butera and Yasiel Puig will join the list of Dodgers playing as they were both named to the MLB roster for the Japan All-Star Series 2014.
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell will lead the group of 29 players that will play two exhibition games that bookend a five-game series against Japan’s National Team, Samurai Japan. The MLB All-Stars worked out at Dodger Stadium on Friday and again Saturday before departing for Japan.
MLB’s roster consists of 14 pitchers, seven infielders, three catchers, three outfielders and two outfielders/infielders. While it doesn’t include any players from the San Francisco Giants, four Kansas City Royals are on the roster.
The Royals and Houston Astros tie for the lead with each team sending four players to participate in the All-Star Series.
For Puig, it will be his first opportunity to shine in an All-Star setting after his disappointing showing at the 2014 Home Run Derby and MLB All-Star Game. Puig failed to record a hit in either event and he slumped in the second half of the season, giving more credence to the notion Home Run Derby participants are negatively impacted.
MLB Network will exclusively televise each of the games with all but the second exhibition and a potential Game 5 beginning at 1:00 a.m. PT; every game will re-air the same day at 6:00 p.m. PT.
Jeff Beliveau (Rays), Jerry Blevins (Nationals) Chris Capuano (Yankees), Randy Choate (Cardinals), Jeremy Guthrie (Royals), Tommy Hunter (Orioles), Hisashi Iwakuma (Mariners), Mark Melancon (Pirates), Franklin Morales (Rockies), Hector Santiago (Angels), Matt Shoemaker (Angels), Jose Veras (Astros), Tsuyoshi Wada (Cubs) and Rob Wooten (Brewers).
Drew Butera (Dodgers), Erik Kratz (Royals) and Salvador Perez (Royals)
Jose Altuve (Astros), Robinson Cano (Mariners), Chris Carter (Astros), Lucas Duda (Mets), Alcides Escobar (Royals), Dexter Fowler (Astros), Evan Longoria (Rays), Justin Morneau (Rockies), Eduardo Nunez (Twins), Yasiel Puig (Dodgers), Carlos Santana (Indians) and Ben Zobrist (Rays)
Schedule (live/re-air, all times PT)
Tuesday, Nov. 11th, 1:00 a.m./9:00 p.m.: Exhibition Game 1 vs. Hanshin Tigers/Yomiuri Giants
Wednesday, Nov. 12th, 1:00 a.m./9:00 p.m.: Game 1 vs. Samurai Japan
Friday, Nov. 14th, 1:00 a.m./9:00 p.m.: Game 2 vs. Samurai Japan
Saturday, Nov. 15th, 1:00 a.m./9:00 p.m.: Game 3 vs. Samurai Japan
Sunday, Nov. 16th, 1:00 a.m./9:00 p.m.: Game 4 vs. Samurai Japan
Tuesday, Nov. 18th, 2:00 a.m./9:00 p.m.: Game 5 vs. Samurai Japan
Thursday, Nov. 20th, 1:00 a.m./9:00 p.m.: Exhibition game vs. Team Japan