The 12th annual Futures Game will be played in a few weeks, and will feature many of the top prospects in baseball. Fortunately, the Chicago Cubs will have a couple of players on the teams.
The 25-man rosters for the U.S. and World teams in the game, which will be part of Taco Bell All-Star Sunday on July 11, 2010, at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, were announced Tuesday — and there’s a Cubs prospect on each club, with outfielder Brett Jackson set to play for the U.S. team and shortstop Hak-Ju Lee selected for the World roster.
All-Star Sunday is the first of three days of All-Star events at the Angels’ home park, culminating with the 81st All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 13.
The Futures game will can be broadcast live on MLB.TV, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on MLB.com’s Gameday. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on XM 175. MLB.com will also provide complete coverage before, during and after the game.
Jackson, who will turn 22 on Aug. 2, was the 31st player taken overall in last year’s First-Year Player Draft. After a sterling career at Cal-Berkeley, Jackson was ranked as the second-best overall athlete among all available college players in the 2009 Draft class by Baseball America and was named to the 2009 all Pac-10 team after hitting .321 with eight homers, 17 doubles and 41 RBIs in his junior season.
Playing for Class A Daytona, Jackson was batting .298 through Tuesday’s action with four home runs, 34 RBIs, 12 stolen bases, a .405 on-base percentage, a .469 slugging percentage and seven triples.
Lee, who will turn 20 in November, was signed as a non-drafted free agent in March 29, 2008, out of South Korea by scout Steve Wilson. Through Tuesday, the left-handed hitter was batting .271 with 20 RBIs, 17 stolen bases and 40 runs scored in 62 games for Class A Peoria. cubs.com.
If everything for which the Cubs organization hopes were to come true, Jackson is the future for the Cubs in center field, and Lee is the future at shortstop. As well thought-of as Starlin Castro’s defense is at shortstop, Lee has even better raw skills – the hope is that Castro could eventually be shifted over to second base.