Orioles prospects Ryan Mountcastle, a third baseman, and Alex Wells, a left-handed starting pitcher, have been selected to participate in this month’s All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park.
Mountcastle, who will represent the Orioles on the U.S. team, is hitting .311/.362/.500 with seven homers and 32 RBIs in 53 games with Double-A Bowie after missing the first month of the season with a fractured hand.
The 21-year-old Mountcastle received his first big league spring training invitation this year and was 7-for-24 with five extra-base hits. The Orioles have little doubt his bat will have an impact at the major league level.
The bigger question is where he plays and the organization remains committed to developing him as a third baseman after he began as a shortstop.
The Australia-born Wells, also 21, will represent the World team. He is 3-5 with a 3.90 ERA in 15 starts with High-A Frederick. He will be one of two Australian players in the game.
Wells was the Orioles’ minor league pitcher of the year last season, when he was 11-5 with a 2.38 ERA in 25 starts for Low-A Delmarva while showing remarkable control, issuing just 10 walks in 140 innings with the Shorebirds.
The Orioles will also have some connections on the World coaching staff. Vladimir Guerrero, a 2018 Hall of Fame inductee who played his final season in Baltimore in 2011, will be the team’s hitting coach, and former Orioles coach and interim manager Juan Samuel will be the third-base coach.
U.S. Team pitching coach LaTroy Hawkins spent one season of his 21-year major league career with the Orioles in 2006.
The Futures Game will be played on July 15 at 4 p.m. at Nationals Park.
Selections for the All-Star Game will be announced Sunday. Manny Machado, who led all AL shortstops in fan balloting last week, is the likely Orioles representative.