The MLB All-Star Futures game takes place in San Diego Sunday, July 10 at 6 p.m. CT, televised on MLB Network.
Often, players who appear in this game go on to have significant big-league careers. Last year, Kyle Schwarber was named Futures Game MVP; Kris Bryant played in the game in 2014.
This year, Cubs prospects Jeimer Candelario and Eloy Jimenez will represent the organization, both on the "World" team that will face a club made up of US-born prospects.
had a slow start this year for Double-A Tennessee, but once promoted to Triple-A Iowa he started mashing: .349/.475/.619 with seven doubles, two triples and two home runs in 63 at-bats. He's played mostly third base this year in the system, with a few games at first base. Though he was born in New York City, he grew up in the Dominican Republic.
Jimenez, signed out of the D.R. in 2014, is hitting .342/.380/.551 with 25 doubles and 10 home runs in 69 games for Low-A South Bend in the Midwest League. It's possible he'll be promoted to High-A Myrtle Beach later this year. Jimenez, who doesn't turn 20 until November, is the second-youngest player on a Futures Game roster this year (Marlins prospect Josh Naylor, a native of Canada who will also be on the World squad, just turned 19 last week).
Congratulations to these two Cubs prospects, who we hope to see at Wrigley soon!