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Duplantier's fast track heads to Futures Game

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LOS ANGELES -- The D-backs have taken things slowly this year with right-handed pitching prospect Jon Duplantier, but his performance continues to raise his profile, and he will get even more of a jump in competition when he takes part in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.

The game is part of the All-Star Game festivities in Miami and pits a collection of the best talent in the Minor Leagues against each other. MLB Network and MLB.com will carry the annual showcase live from Marlins Park at 1 p.m. MST today.

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LOS ANGELES -- The D-backs have taken things slowly this year with right-handed pitching prospect Jon Duplantier, but his performance continues to raise his profile, and he will get even more of a jump in competition when he takes part in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.

The game is part of the All-Star Game festivities in Miami and pits a collection of the best talent in the Minor Leagues against each other. MLB Network and MLB.com will carry the annual showcase live from Marlins Park at 1 p.m. MST today.

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:: 2017 Futures Game coverage ::

Duplantier, the D-backs' lone representative, will pitch for the U.S. Team.

Selected in the third round of the 2016 Draft, Duplantier threw just one inning last year after signing, due to a heavy workload at Rice University.

This year, he opened the year with Class A Kane County, where he allowed no earned runs in nine of his first 10 starts.

The D-backs, though, did not immediately promote him, as they wanted him to continue to develop his changeup to go along with a good fastball, curve and slider.

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Duplantier went 6-1 with a 1.24 ERA in 13 games (12 starts) with 78 strikeouts compared to 15 walks before being promoted to Class A Advanced Visalia in the California League.

"He had his first Cal League win against a very left-handed-heavy lineup, and I think he threw 20 changeups, so it was great," D-backs senior vice president and assistant GM Jared Porter said. "It could be a good pitch for him. It's certainly a work in progress, but we certainly see it as a pitch that's developing. We're excited about that."

The win came in Duplantier's second start for Visalia, and he allowed one earned run over five innings in that game.

Duplantier is one of six Class A players selected for the U.S. Team.

"I think no matter what, if you're in A ball and you get invited to the Futures Game, it's pretty big," Porter said. "I think, in general throughout the industry, it's changing a little bit. The Futures Game and the Arizona Fall League are both getting a little bit younger and the industry is appreciating younger prospects and rewarding them, which is great, as it should be."

Paul Goldschmidt, Archie Bradley, Chris Owings, Taijuan Walker and Ketel Marte are among the current D-backs who played in previous Futures Games.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

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