The honors continue to roll in for one of the Lexington Legends' rising stars.
Seuly Matias has been turning heads all season long with his penchant for the long ball. The 19-year-old outfielder from the Dominican Republic, who's in his first season with the Legends, leads every level of Minor League baseball with 25 home runs on the year and was named a starter in last month's South Atlantic League All-Star game.
Now, he'll be part of Major League Baseball's All-Star festivities in Washington, D.C.
On Friday, Matias was selected to compete in the MLB All-Star Futures Game as part of the World Team. The game will be played on July 15 at 4 p.m. at Nationals Park, two days before the MLB All-Star game. It will be televised live on MLB Network.
“It has been exhilarating to watch Seuly develop at the plate and continue to have so much success. We are proud to have him recognized for his hard work that has clearly paid off," said Legends President and CEO Andy Shea. "It is an honor to have him named to the Futures Game roster and we cannot wait to see him compete at Nationals Park later this month."
The World Team and Team USA each feature 25 players. Matias is one of 16 non-pitchers on the World Team roster. The All-Star Futures Game has been played each year since 1999 and is billed as a showcase for the MLB stars of tomorrow. The last Legend to be selected for a Futures roster was Miguel Almonte (2013). Almonte is currently with the Salt Lake Bees, the Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels.
Matias is batting .219 on the year with 45 RBI and 10 doubles. The first two of his 25 home runs came on opening night, when he led the Legends to a 3-2 victory.