Right-hander Taijuan Walker and shortstop Brad Miller both of whom are currently with the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers are on the U.S. Roster for the game, which will be played Sunday, July 14th. Walker and Miller will be playing for former Mets outfielder Mookie Wilson, who was named the manager of the U.S. squad recently. Also on Wilson’s staff will be his former teammate and current Rainiers’ hitting coach Howard Johnson.
Walker -- the 20-year-old right-hander who SeattleClubhouse ranked as the organization’s No. 1 prospect entering this season -- made his Triple-A debut yesterday and was outstanding in throwing six shutout innings. On the season he has a 2.30 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 10.0 SO/9 and better than 3-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He’s allowed one of zero earned runs in 10 of his 15 combined starts on the year. In that Walker debut game in Tacoma last night, Miller extended his hitting streak to 21 games with a 5th inning single to left field. The left-handed hitter is carrying a combined slash line of .316/.397/.510 in 67 games this year split between Double-A Jackson and Tacoma with the 4th best average, 6th best OPS (.907), 2nd most RBI (52) and tied for 4th most HR (11) in the system. This is Miller’s first time on the Futures Game team while Walker was also on the roster in 2012, when the then 19-year-old pitched a scoreless 7th inning, allowing one hit and striking out Chih Fang Pan in Kaufman Stadium in a blowout win for the United States squad.
The World Roster was announced as well, and while no minor leaguers from Seattle’s system are currently on that roster, there is one in the running for the final spot. MLB.com is hosting the voting for the All-Star Sunday Futures Finalists and Jackson Generals first baseman Ji-Man Choi is among five players to choose from on the World side. The left-handed swinging Choi has a .308/.397/.590 slash line and leads Seattle’s minor leaguers in doubles (27) and OPS (.987) and ranks 4th in RBI (50) and tied for 4th in HR (11) in his 65 games at High Desert and Jackson.
The Futures Game has been has been played over the All-Star break since 1999 and the U.S. has been victorious in eight of the 14 contest to date.
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