With players from 30 organizations in Major League Baseball vying for just 50 roster spots in the 2008 All-Star Futures Game, each club should hope for one, but probably no more than two participants.
Who cares about fair shares?
Oft-maligned in recent years, the St. Louis Cardinals organization had three of their players selected, as rosters for the U.S and World teams were announced on Thursday. They are catcher Bryan Anderson and right-handed starting pitcher Jess Todd for the U.S. and left-handed starting pitcher Jaime Garcia for the World.
Rosters were selected by Major League Baseball in conjunction with all 30 Major League teams and Baseball America. The tenth annual Futures Game, pitting top prospects from various levels in the minors, will be played on Sunday, July 13 at Yankee Stadium.
Bryan Anderson. The left-handed hitting catcher is a veteran of international competition, including a stint with Team USA last fall. Now 21 years of age, Anderson was promoted from Double-A Springfield to Triple-A Memphis at the end of April and has not missed a beat.
It is not that surprising. After all, having usually been one of the youngest players at every level in which he has played since having been drafted in the fourth round in 2005 has never seemed to faze the California native.
This season, after hitting .388 in the Texas League, Anderson has posted a .301/.378/.372 line (BA/OBP/SLG) line in his first 113 at-bats in the Pacific Coast League. He is a Futures Game repeater, having played in 2007, also.
Jess Todd. One of the fastest risers in the Cardinals minor league system, the second-round pick in the June, 2007 First-Year Player Draft from the University of Arkansas has already experienced success at the Double-A level.
Todd, a 22-year-old right-handed starter from Kilgore, TX, was the starter for his hometown Springfield Cardinals North squad in the Texas League All-Star Game on Wednesday evening. That was less than two months after he was promoted from the A-Advanced Florida State League.
Between both stops this season, Todd has a 5-2 record with a 1.74 ERA. He has fanned 72 in 82.2 innings while walking just 18.
Jaime Garcia. The left-handed starter, 21 years of age, is considered the top pitching prospect in the Cardinals’ minor league system. After being shut down in 2007 due to an elbow problem, Garcia has come back strong in 2008.
Triple-A hasn’t proven an overwhelming assignment at all for Garcia. After posting a 2.06 ERA in six starts for Springfield, he was promoted to Memphis. There, the Cards’ 22nd round pick in 2005 has a 4.10 ERA, having struck out 42 and walked 19 in 52.2 innings.
Having been born in Mexico qualifies Garcia for the World roster, though he played high school ball in Mission, Texas. Garcia was also named to the Futures Game in 2006.
Cardinals representatives in the 2007 All-Star Futures Game, held in San Francisco, were Anderson and outfielder Colby Rasmus.
2008 Futures Game Rosters
U.S. team roster
World team roster
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