Two Halos prospects to play in Futures Game
Trout named to U.S. team; Jimenez on World roster
ANAHEIM -- The Angels will be represented by two players, one on each team, when it's the U.S. against the World in the 12th annual XM All-Star Futures Game at Angel Stadium on Sunday, July 11 at Angel Stadium.
Center fielder Mike Trout, the youngest player on either squad at 18 years and 11 months, will be one of five outfielders on the U.S. squad. Trout, a first-round pick by the Angels in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of Millville, N.J., is having a brilliant season at low Class A Cedar Rapids.
From high Class A Rancho Cucamonga comes Angels third baseman Luis Jimenez, a 22-year-old product of Santiago, Dominican Republic, who is one of eight infielders on the World team roster.
The 12th annual Futures Game can be seen live on MLB.TV, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on MLB.com's Gameday. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on XM 175. MLB.com will also provide complete coverage before, during and after the game.
Jimenez, signed as a free agent in August 2005, is batting .329 through 20 games at Rancho Cucamonga after starting the season at Cedar Rapids, where he hit .292 in 43 games.
Trout is batting .370 with a .449 on-base percentage and .553 slugging mark. He has scored a team-high 59 runs in 66 games and has 34 steals in 40 attempts. He is errorless in the field, demonstrating superior range in center.
"Mike Trout has a chance to be a special player," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He can really run, and he loves to compete. We're excited about his future.
"Jimenez is a good-looking player. The reports on him are good. We have a lot of depth in our system now, a lot of young players we feel good about."
Among the 201 current Major Leaguers who have performed in the Futures Game are Angels infielders Kevin Frandsen (2005), Howard Kendrick (2006), Brandon Wood (2006) and Kendry Morales (2005), catcher Jeff Mathis (2003-04), outfielder Juan Rivera (2001) and pitchers Ervin Santana (2003) and Kevin Jepsen (2008).
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.