KANSAS CITY -- When Royals left-hander Foster Griffin suits up for the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game today in Miami, he will join an impressive list of Kansas City players who were selected to the game.
That list includes first baseman Eric Hosmer, third basemen Mike Moustakas and Cheslor Cuthbert, outfielders Jorge Soler and Jorge Bonifacio, and left-hander Mike Minor.
"I'm really excited," Griffin told MLB.com by phone. "I mean, it's a game I've always watched on TV. Some great players have played in it."
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And this year's game is about 230 miles from Griffin's Orlando, Fla., home, which means plenty of family should be on hand. The 2017 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game takes place at 3 p.m. CT at Marlins Park in Miami, and it can be viewed live on MLB Network and MLB.com.
"It's going to be fun," Griffin said.
This season has been pretty enjoyable, too, for Griffin, a Royals first-round pick in 2014 who is their No. 20 prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com.
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Griffin, 21, started the season at Class A Advanced Wilmington and posted a 2.86 ERA through 10 games before a quick promotion landed him at Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He has been impressive there as well, posting a 6-1 record with a 2.08 ERA.
After struggles in 2015 (5.44 ERA) and '16 (5.43 ERA) in the low Minors, Griffin has found something this year.
"I think it's just a matter of not giving the hitters so much credit," said Griffin, who is 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds. "I'm attacking more, and that has meant getting ahead in the counts, 0-2 and 1-2. That's a big difference."
Griffin also is intrigued at his new level of competition in the Texas League.
"It's kind of cool, because now you're facing guys on teams' 40-man rosters," Griffin said. "You start to see guys not far away from the big leagues and you see how you compete against them."
And Griffin is enjoying playing for a contending team.
"Yeah, we won the first half, so that was great," he said. "We just got to keep it going."
Kansas City continues to see a bright future for Griffin.
"Foster Griffin has continued to take steps forward in his development this year," said Royals director of Minor League operations Ronnie Richardson. "He has a tremendous work ethic and really is a student of the game. His overall command of his pitches and ability to consistently repeat his delivery are some of the reasons he has continued to have success this year. He has always shown pitchability, and he continues attack the strike zone with all of his pitches."