Friday, June 24, 2011

Gibson, Hendriks selected to Futures Game

Gibson will be making his first Futures Game appearance (Photo:
Two members of the Twins organization were selected to represent the organization at the 2011 XM All-Star Futures Game. Top Twins prospect, Kyle Gibson will be making his first appearance in the the All-Star game with the US Team. Liam Hendriks was lucky enough to be selected to last seasons Futures Game as a representative on the World Team. He ran into a problem because a week before the game he had to have his appendix removed.

Many Twins fans have been keeping a close eye on the season that Gibson has been putting together in Rochester. It has been an up and down season for the former first round pick of the Twins. The Red Wings have struggled to score runs in support of Gibson's outings and that has led to a poor record of (3-7). His ERA has fluctuated and currently sits at 3.89 for the 14 games he has started. He has averaged over a strikeout an inning (80 K) while only allowing 20 walks.

Hendriks is one of multiple Twins players that hails from the country of Australia. The season that Hendriks has put together with the New Britain Rock Cats has moved him rapidly up the list of top prospects in the Twins organization. His seven wins are tied for second most in the Eastern League and his ERA (2.81) and K (80) are in the top ten. Many fans could be unfamiliar with Hendriks at this point in his career but his output at the minor league level is quickly becoming hard to ignore.

The 13th Annual Futures Game will be played on July 10th from Chase Field in Phoenix as part of the All-Star Weekend. The game will be televised on ESPN2, ESPN2 HD, and MLB.TV at 5 p.m. CT. As part of the games sponsorship with XM Radio, the game can be found on XM 175.

There will be some great players on both sides of the ball in this exciting event. It will be great to see some live action from both of this budding prospects in the Twins organization. For many fans, it could be the first time the witness these players up close and personal. Hopefully, they will not disappoint.

This morning I will be boarding the Twins Train bound for Milwaukee. As part of the trip, I will be attending both the games on Friday and Saturday night. There will be many other activities that are part of this experience with a bus full of Twins fans.

I will be posting Twitter updates throughout the trip. Make sure to follow my Twitter account (@nodaktwinsfan) for the latest from this adventure.

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