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PG All-Americans look to Futures

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Matt Czechanski        
Published: Friday, June 27, 2014

2014 Futures Game Rosters

2011 Perfect Game All-American Lucas Giolito was considered the top high school arm in the country in 2012 and now has risen to be considered one of the top arms in the minor leagues as a part of the Washington Nationals organization. Giolito was taken by the Nationals with the 16th 
overall pick in 2012 and has already proven to be a sound investment by posting a 2.59 ERA over 87.1 innings with 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings pitched so far in three seasons across three levels of the minor leagues.

Giolito will be representing not only the Nationals, but also the U.S. Team in the 2014 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game which will be held on July 13 at Target Field as part of this year's All-Star Game festivities. The Futures Game is one of the top events of the year to help showcase the best minor leaguer prospects in the game and provide them a national stage to give their teams’ fans something to look forward to in the coming years.

Of the 50 players selected to play for both the US and World teams, 13 were listed on
Baseball Prospectus' preseason top 101 prospect list.

Giolito is one of 13 former Perfect Game All-Americans to earn the honor of being selected, joining Joey Gallo, Henry Owens, J.P. Crawford, Daniel Norris, Kris Bryant, Justin O’Conner, Robert Stephenson, Jesse Winker and Corey Seager on the U.S. Team. Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor, and Javier Baez will be playing for the World Team.

Gallo was named the MVP of the 2011 Classic, while Correa was selected No. 1 overall in the 2012 MLB Draft.

The list that follows is the list of prospects that will be playing in the Futures Game that are also Perfect Game alumni, as well as their current minor league assignment and ranking in Baseball Prospectus' preseason top 101 in parenthesis.

U.S. Team:

• Josh Bell (77), OF, High Class A Bradenton (Pirates), Florida State League
• Mookie Betts, 2B/OF, Triple A Pawtucket (Red Sox), International League
• Christian Binford, RHP, High Class A Wilmington (Royals), Carolina League
• Kris Bryant (17), 3B/OF, Triple A Iowa (Cubs), Pacific Coast League
• J.P. Crawford, SS, High Class A Clearwater (Phillies), Florida State League
• Joey Gallo (95), 3B, Double A Frisco (Rangers), Texas League
• Lucas Giolito (13), RHP, Class A Hagerstown (Nationals), South Atlantic League
• Hunter Harvey (58), RHP, Class A Delmarva (Orioles), South Atlantic League
• Micah Johnson, 2B, Triple A Charlotte (White Sox), International League
• Trevor May, RHP, Triple A Rochester (Twins), International League
• Daniel Norris, LHP, Double A New Hampshire (Blue Jays), Eastern League
• Henry Owens (69), LHP, Double A Portland (Red Sox), Eastern League
• Peter O’Brien, 1B, Double A Trenton (Yankees), Eastern League
• Justin O’Conner, C, High Class A Charlotte (Rays), Florida State League
• D.J. Peterson (65), 1B/3B, High Class A High Desert (Mariners), California League
• Kevin Plawecki C/1B, Double A Binghamton (Mets), Eastern League
• James Ramsey, OF, Double A Springfield (Cardinals), Texas League
• Hunter Renfroe, OF, Double A San Antonio (Padres), Texas League
• Corey Seager (44), SS, High Class A Rancho Cucamonga (Dodgers), California League
• Braden Shipley (62), RHP, High Class A Visalia (Diamondbacks), California League
• Robert Stephenson (22), RHP, Double A Pensacola (Reds), Southern League
• Michael Taylor, OF, Double A Harrisburg (Nationals), Eastern League
• Jake Thompson, RHP, High Class A Lakeland (Detroit), Florida State League
• Jesse Winker, OF, Double A Pensacola (Reds), Southern League

World Team:

• Javier Baez (4), SS, Triple A Iowa (Cubs), Pacific Coast League
• Carlos Correa* (5), SS, High Class A Lancaster (Astros), California League
• Francisco Lindor (6), SS, Double A Akron (Cleveland), Eastern League
• Jorge Lopez, RHP, High Class A Brevard County (Brewers), Florida State League

*Will not play due to injury

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