Today, Chicago Cubs prospect Matt Szczur was selected to participate in the All-Star Futures Game, which will be played before the All-Star Game on July 10.

The Futures Game, which is in its 13th year, is all about showcasing the top prospects in the Minor Leagues, so Szczur’s selection for the U.S team is not altogether surprising.

Szczur, a baseball and football standout at Villanova, was selected in the fifth round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. He started his professional career with a 21-game hit streak, batting .347 with 10 doubles, 10 RBIs and a .414 on-base percentage over 25 games split among the Arizona Rookie League, Low Single-A Boise and Single-A Peoria.

So far this year, Szczur is hitting .327 with five home runs, 12 doubles and 24 RBIs in 51 games for Peoria. He is one of five outfielders on the U.S. Team’s roster.

You’ll recall that the Cubs paid Szczur, 21, handsomely to give up professional football aspirations before this season, so his success is certainly welcome. I would be surprised if he’s not in High A later this year.

And don’t let the fact that Szczur is the Cubs’ only selection get you down: there are only 50 total spots between the U.S. team and the World team, so a number of organizations have just one representative. Trey McNutt probably would have been the Cubs’ most likely other choice (or Brett Jackson), but he’s been battling a rib injury.

The Futures Game will air at 5pm CST on ESPN2 on Sunday, July 10.

  • Zach

    Im glad that finally one of the Cubs prospects is living up to their contract. Hopefully he can keep this up.

  • Kerf

    Leadoff man of the future?

    • Jeff

      Nope, Sczur has some pop and is still developing his power. Future number three hitter from what I’ve seen and heard about him. Wouldn’t it be nice to see a top three of Castro, Brett Jackson, and Matt Sczur in a few years? The Cubs have more high ceiling positional prospects than I’ve seen in their minor league system for a long time.

  • Dingo

    Why doesn’t Keith Law rate him?

    • Ace

      Keith Law doesn’t like him because, according to Law, Szczur is too old for A-ball, and is a slap hitter with no power.

  • ricosanto

    This is his first full year of baseball, He has great speed, good Of with a good arm.
    I think he projects as a starting CF and a top of the lineup guy.5Hrs is not bad. There is no reason to think he will not be able to hit 15Hrs. We need to have many more TOP prospects.We need to trade peoeple that would bring us that like Marmol and Soto.
    The bull pen would still be good with Wood, Marshall,Carpenter,Samardza and maybe even Cashner.

  • Robbo

    Hope this kid pans out. Also hope someone can tell me how to pronounce his last name!

  • Kevin

    His name is pronounced Ceasar!! Great player and most importantly a great role model!!

  • Trudi

    Matt is a GREAT role model for all children both on and off the field. You are just seeing the beginnings of a very bright future. Glad he will be participating in the Futures Game.