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Berrios, Vargas named to Futures Game roster

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ANAHEIM -- Twins prospects Jose Berrios and Kennys Vargas will get an early taste of what it's like to play at Target Field.

The Puerto Rico natives are set to represent the Twins and the World Team in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which will be played on July 13 at Target Field. Rosters were officially announced on Tuesday.

"The fans will get a chance to see what everybody has been talking about," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Vargas has had a heck of a first half and can kill a baseball. And Berrios can wing it. He's got a great arm and is very athletic. So they'll get to see those two for sure."

Berrios, ranked as the No. 73 overall prospect by MLB.com, has excelled at Class A Advanced Fort Myers, going 8-2 with a 2.05 ERA in 14 starts. The 20-year-old right-hander has struck out 98, walked 21 and allowed three homers in 83 1/3 innings.

Vargas, ranked as Minnesota's 15th best prospect by MLB.com, is hitting .318/.395/.531 with 14 homers, 13 doubles and 57 RBIs in 70 games at Double-A New Britain. The 23-year-old first baseman has also made strides defensively and has made just three errors in 483 chances on the year.

"Not only are they two of our better prospects but they're also producing numbers," said Twins general manager Terry Ryan. "We want to reward guys like that. I'm very happy. We had a host of guys we submitted for that game but these guys are putting up numbers and they're rewarded for it."

Among those passed up included right-handers Trevor May and Alex Meyer, who have both pitched well at Triple-A Rochester. The club's top two prospects, Byron Buxton (strained left wrist) and Miguel Sano (Tommy John surgery), remain sidelined with injuries. Buxton and Sano represented the Twins in last year's Futures Game at Citi Field.

"I think there were a couple others who could've been on that team," Gardenhire said. "I think May's had a really great first half of the season. I wish our young guys would've been healthy because it would've been fun to see Buxton and Sano out there at our own park. I think if they're healthy and playing they would've been there and that would've been cool."

The 16th annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game will take place at 7 p.m. CT on Sunday, July 13, at Target Field in Minneapolis, and it can be seen live on MLB.com and MLB Network, and followed live on MLB.com's Gameday. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on MLB Network Radio XM 89 and Sirius channel 209. MLB.com will also provide complete coverage before, during and after the game.

Fans can stay updated by following @MLBFutures on Twitter and can send and receive tweets to and from the U.S. and World Team dugouts during the game by tagging tweets with the hashtags #USDugout and #WorldDugout.

Major League Baseball, in conjunction with the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America and the 30 Major League clubs, selected the 25 players currently on each team.

Each Major League organization is represented, and players from all full-season Minor Leagues were eligible to participate. Complete Futures Game rosters, prospect analysis and rankings can be found at mlb.com/pipeline.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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