The Chicago Cubs top two prospects, Javier Baez and Kris Bryant have been named to Major League Baseball 2014 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game to be played on July 13 at Target Field in Minneapolis.
The annual event fields the top US-born prospects against prospects from the rest of the world the Sunday before the All-Star Game and can be seen on MLB Network at 4 p.m. CT.
Bryant has hit 27 home runs between Triple-A and Double-A this season, including one Tuesday afternoon. Before he was promoted to Triple-A Iowa he led the Southern League in all three triple-crown categories, batting .346 with a .448 OBP and 58 RBIs.
Baez, the Cubs’ No. 1 prospect, has struggled in his first Triple-A season but has turned the corner lately. He has hit 11 homers, two triples, 11 doubles, and 42 RBIs while batting .226/.278/.424.
While the two are teammates in Iowa, they will be in separate uniforms in this game. Baez will play for the World team while Bryant will hit for the USA team.
Two Minnesota Twins legend will manage the teams, longtime manager Tom Kelly will be in the U.S. dugout, while Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven will manage the World Team. The Futures Game rosters are made up of 27 players listed on MLB.com’s Top 100 prospects list, including five in the Top 10.
The Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa and Cleveland Indians’ Francisco Lindor are on the World Team with Baez and New York Mets’ right-hander Noah Syndergaard is on the U.S. roster with Bryant.