Manuel Margot started in center field for Team World in the Futures Game. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Manuel Margot, Rafael Devers 'proud' to represent Red Sox in Futures Game

Ryan Hannable
July 12, 2015 - 3:04 pm

CINCINNATI -- Although neither made a significant impact in the Futures Game -- a 10-1 win for Team USA over Team World -- both Manuel Margot and Rafael Devers were proud to represent the Red Sox. Both players went 0-for-2 with a strikeout in the game, as their Team World fell for the 11th time in 17 games against Team USA, but that didn't matter to either player, as it was an experience they both won't ever forget. "Very proud," Margot said through a translator following the game. "It's an honor to be here with so many good players from so many good countries, including the Dominican Republic. I'd like to thank the Boston Red Sox for giving me an opportunity to be here today." Margot, currently with Double-A Portland, started the game in center field. Combined between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland, the center fielder is batting .281 with four home runs and 30 RBIs this season. The 20-year-old was very excited upon learning he would get the nod starting the game in center. "It was a great honor. I wasn't expecting it," he said. "There are a lot of players who wanted to be in that position. Very pleased to do it." What made the game even more special for Margot was being able to play with one of his good friends in the Red Sox' organization in Devers. The two were even locker mates in the Team World clubhouse. "We've played together since we both signed and it's a great experience to play with my teammate here today," Margot said. Devers, who is just 18 years old, is hitting .294 with seven home runs and 42 RBIs with Low-A Greenville this season. Being as young as he is, it was by far the biggest stage he had ever played on. "This has been a really great experience," Devers said through a translator. "It's my first time in front of so many fans and I've never seen anything like it. It's really great." Having been apart of the the All-Star week festivities and being recognized as one of the best players in the minors, it gives both players a taste of what it would be like to one day be named a major league All-Star. "It's my dream," Devers said.