ST. PETERSBURG -- Justin O'Conner and Enny Romero will represent the Rays at this year's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.
O'Conner catches for the Class A Charlotte Stone Crabs. He was drafted in the first round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. Through 55 games this season, he is hitting .257 with five home runs and 25 RBIs.
Romero gave Rays fans a glimpse of his electric left arm during the 2013 season -- he has a dominant fastball. He is 3-7 with a 5.35 ERA in 14 starts for Triple-A Durham this season. This will be his third appearance in the Futures Game.
Rosters for the Futures Game, which will be played on Sunday, July 13th, at Target Field, were announced by Major League Baseball on Tuesday afternoon on MLB Network's "The Rundown" and MLB.com.
The 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 against the World Team, 9-6. The game will begin at 5 p.m. ET and can be viewed live on MLB Network and MLB.com. Featured on MLB Network for the first time, the 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 on MLB Network Radio in addition to SiriusXM's other comprehensive live coverage from Minneapolis. The game will also be available to SiriusXM subscribers on the 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.
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 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.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less