The annual exhibition featuring many of the game's top prospects will be played at 5:00 P.M. Central on Sunday, July 8 at Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium. Hall of Famer George Brett will manage the US Team and former Yankees star Bernie Williams will skipper the World Team. (Update: Full rosters here.)
Taveras, who celebrated his 20th birthday on Tuesday, leads the league with a .328 batting average and is second to Frisco's Mike Alt in both slugging (.588) and OPS (.973). The native of the Dominican Republic also holds the TL lead in doubles with 21, is third in RBI with 47 and tied for fourth in home runs in 13. His on-base mark of .385 is ninth. The left-handed hitter was voted the league's Player of the Week award for the period of June 4-10.
Pitching had dominated the Cardinals' invitees to the Futures Game in the last two seasons, with top organizational prospect Shelby Miller having competed in both of the most recent two contests.
Futures Game participants, St. Louis Cardinals
|2006||none||Jaime Garcia, LHP|
|2007||Bryan Anderson, C||none|
|Colby Rasmus, OF|
|2008||Jess Todd, RHP||Jaime Garcia, LHP *|
|Bryan Anderson, C||Fernando Salas, RHP *|
|2009||Brett Wallace, 3B||none|
|Daryl Jones, OF|
|2010||Shelby Miller, RHP||Eduardo Sanchez, RHP|
|2011||Shelby Miller, RHP||Carlos Martinez, RHP|
* Jaime Garcia was unable to participate in the 2008 contest due to injury and was replaced by Fernando Salas.
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