Sunday, July 10, 2011

Prospects hope to shine in Futures Game

Some of the best talent in the minor leagues will be taking the field in Phoenix tonight to showcase their talent on a national stage. Representatives of every MLB team will be divided into two teams, the United States and the World, to face-off under the Arizona sun.

The Twins minor league system will have one representative on each of the teams for tonight's contest. The top two pitching prospects in the Twins organization will be on opposite sides of the field. Kyle Gibson will represent the Twins for the US team and Liam Hendriks, a native of Australia, will be on the World team. Click here to read the post I wrote after both of these players found out they would be in the game. 

Last year's number one overall pick, Bryce Harper, will be in batting third and playing in LF for the US squad. It will be interesting to see if Hendriks gets a chance to pitch against Harper on this big stage. There is a good chance that Harper will have exited the game by the time Hendriks is brought in to pitch.

Here are the probable starting line-ups for both teams:

STARTING LINEUPS
U.S.#World
2B: Jason Kipnis, CLE1CF: Starling Marte, PIT
SS: Manny Machado, BAL22B: Jose Altuve, HOU
LF: Bryce Harper, WAS31B: Yonder Alonso, CIN
1B: Paul Goldschmidt, ARI4DH: Dayan Viciedo, CWS
C: Devin Mesoraco, CIN53B: Alex Liddi, SEA
3B: Will Middlebrooks, BOS6RF: Alfredo Silverio, LAD
DH: James Darnell, SD7LF: Chih-Hsien Chiang, BOS
RF: Wil Myers, KC8C: Wilin Rosario, COL
CF: Gary Brown, SF9SS: Hak-Ju Lee, TB
LHP: Tyler Skaggs, ARIPRHP: Julio Teheran, ATL

It will be fun to watch two of the best prospects in the Twins organization in front of a large television audience. The game can be seen on ESPN2 starting at 5 PM Central.

The game also includes a social media aspect as there are multiple Twitter accounts that fans can follow to get themselves even closer to the game.

MLB Futures Twitter Account 
US Team Dugout Twitter Account
World Team Dugout Twitter Account

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