Rockies Announce Prospects To Participate In MLB All-Star Futures Game
On Thursday Major League Baseball and Baseball America announced the rosters for the 2011 All-Star Futures Game, to be played in Phoenix on July 10. The game will be played by a two 25-man rosters made up of 10 pitchers, two catchers, five outfielders, and eight infielders. All of whom are considered top prospects in each of their respected organization and position.
Each roster would be made up of players entirely from either the United States or the rest of the World.
The Rockies were one of a hand full of teams that were selected to have more than one player participate in the game.
Nolan Arenado will represent the Rockies as one of the corner infielders on the United States team. Arenado was a high school shortstop who has now moved to third base and might end up as Todd Helton’s heir at first base in Colorado. His power bat should play at either position.
Colorado will also send Tulsa Drillers catcher Wilin Rosario to take part as the back-up catcher for the World team. This will be Wilin’s second appearance in the All-Star Futures Game as he is ranked one of the top catching prospects in all of Minor League Baseball.
Rosario was actually having his breakout season last year, but a torn ACL in August cut that short. He has picked up where he left off, though, offering premium tools at the plate and behind it.Rosariois currently second on the Drillers with 11 home runs through the first half of the season.