Updated rosters for the 2014 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which will be played on Sunday, July 13th at Target Field, were officially announced today by Major League Baseball. The rosters featured a total of seven changes, including three for the U.S. Team and four for the World Team.
For the U.S. Team, infielder Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox has been replaced by fellow Red Sox prospect Sean Coyle following Betts' promotion to the Majors in June. Left-handed pitcher Marco Gonzales, who was called up to the Majors by the St. Louis Cardinals, was originally replaced by Minnesota Twins Triple-A right-hander Trevor May. May, who was injured in a start on June 21st, has been replaced by fellow Twins right-hander Alex Meyer.
On the World Team, the 2012 number one overall draft pick of the Houston Astros, Carlos Correa, has been replaced by Single-A infielder Jose Rondon of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim following Correa's season-ending leg injury. Atlanta Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt, who was promoted to the Majors during the final weekend of June, was originally replaced by catcher Christian Vazquez of the Red Sox organization. Vazquez, who was called up to the Majors by the Red Sox on Wednesday, has been replaced by Toronto Blue Jays Minor League catcher A.J. Jimenez. Chicago White Sox Minor League right-hander Francellis Montas, who is sidelined with a knee injury, has been replaced by Astros Single-A right-hander Michael Feliz.
Former Minnesota Twins manager Tom Kelly, who guided the Club to its two World Series Championships in 1987 and 1991, will return to the dugout to manage the U.S. Team against the World Team, which will be led by Hall of Famer and former Twins pitcher Bert Blyleven. Coaches for the U.S. and World Team are as follows:
U.S. Team Coaches
Mark Harris Hitting Coach, Harrisburg Senators Washington Nationals Eastern League / AA
Gerald Perry Hitting Coach, Erie SeaWolves Detroit Tigers Eastern League / AA
Pat Rice Pitching Coach, Arkansas Travelers L.A. Angels of Anaheim Texas League / AA
Brian Snitker Manager, Gwinnett Braves Atlanta Braves International League / AAA
Ron Warner Manager, Memphis Redbirds St. Louis Cardinals International League / AAA
Shawn Wooten Hitting Coach, Chattanooga Lookouts Los Angeles Dodgers Southern League / AA
Clete Sigwart Minor League Athletic Training Coordinator Cincinnati Reds
World Team Coaches
Jose Hernandez Coach, Norfolk Tides Baltimore Orioles International League / AAA
Omar Malave Manager, Dunedin Blue Jays Toronto Blue Jays Florida State League / A
Lipso Nava Hitting Coach, San Jose Giants San Francisco Giants California League / A
Juan Navarrete Minor League Hitting Coordinator Oakland Athletics
Tony Oliva Minor League Hitting Instructor Minnesota Twins
Rick Tomlin Minor League Pitching Coordinator Milwaukee Brewers
Chad Jackson Minor League Trainer & Rehab Coord. Minnesota Twins
The SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which is now in its 16th year, features the top Minor League prospects competing in a nine-inning contest as part of Taco Bell All-Star Sunday. The U.S. Team, which has won each of the last four contests, leads the all-time series, 9-6. The game will begin at 5:00 p.m. (ET)/4:00 p.m. (CT) and can be viewed live on MLB Network and MLB.com. Featured on MLB Network for the first time, the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game will be called by Matt Vasgersian, Sean Casey and Heidi Watney, along with MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo.
SiriusXM, the Official Satellite Radio Partner of Major League Baseball, will provide live play-by-play coverage of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on MLB Network Radio (XM channel 89; Sirius channel 209) in addition to SiriusXM's other comprehensive live coverage from Minneapolis. The game will also be available to SiriusXM subscribers on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for smart phones and mobile devices and online at SiriusXM.com. Taco Bell All-Star Sunday is the first of three days of All-Star events at Target Field, culminating with the 85th All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 15th.
The SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game will last nine innings, and in the event of a tie, a 10th inning will be played. The game will not go longer than 10 innings, regardless of the score. Players and coaches will be outfitted in special SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game caps and jerseys.
The Minor League Baseball Umpires who will work the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game are Travis Eggert (home plate) of the Pacific Coast League, Jansen Visconti (first base) of the Eastern League, Nate White (second base) of the Texas League and Matt McCoy (third base) of the Southern League.
Tickets are still available for purchase for the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and Taco Bell All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game by visiting www.allstargame.com, calling 1-888-326-3378 or visiting the Twins box office at Target Field.
The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15th. The 85th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.