The rosters for the SiriusXM Futures Game were announced this morning and South Bend Cubs catcher Miguel Amaya has been named to the World team.
The Cubs signed Amaya as an international free agent from Panama as part of the 2015 International class for a $1 million bonus. After spending the 2016 season in the Dominican Summer League, Amaya got his first taste of the US in Eugene last year. Even though he hit just .228/.266/.338, the then 18-year-old was named the 16th-best prospect in the Northwest League by Baseball America, primarily because of his strong defense.
Promoted to the Midwest League this season, the now 19-year-old has had a breakout season at the plate, as anyone following the Minor League Wrap would know. Amaya is hitting .271/.343/.457 with ten home runs and 40 RBI in 73 games.
The Futures Game will take place on Sunday, June 15 at 3pm Chicago time in Washington, DC as part of the All-Star Game Weekend Festivities. The game will be televised on the MLB Network or available for streaming at MLB.com.
Red Sox legend David Ortiz will manage the World team, while the US team will be helmed by Twins, Angels and Tigers All-Star Torii Hunter.
Former Cubs catcher Sandy Martinez will be the bullpen coach for the World Team.
Current White Sox and former Cubs minor league pitcher Dylan Cease was named to the US team.
The complete roster of the Futures Game is here. There are several exciting players there including the Padres Fernando Tatis Jr., Indians catcher Francisco Mejia, Blue Jays infielder Bo Bichette, Reds pitcher/hitter Hunter Greene and many others.