Lindor, Aguilar represent Tribe in Futures Game
Duo selected to play with World Team for July 8 All-Star event
CLEVELAND -- Ever since the Indians drafted shortstop Francisco Lindor in the first round of last year's First-Year Player Draft, he's been viewed as the franchise's future.
It's only fitting, then, that Lindor will be one of the organization's representatives in next month's Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. Jesus Aguilar, an infielder at Class A Carolina, is also part of the World Roster, which was released Thursday.
"The Futures Game is a great venue, and Lindor is a great player for that venue," said Indians vice president for player development Ross Atkins. "He likes the spotlight, he likes the expectations. You can watch him in one game and see why people are so excited about him. You don't need to see four and five games."
Lindor, 18, is hitting .285 with four home runs and 23 RBIs for Class A Lake County this season. He also had stolen 14 bases in 60 games. Lindor is the youngest player on either of the Futures Game rosters.
Despite Lindor's youth, though, Atkins believes the prospect is ready to play in the event.
"I just look at these guys being the future of the Major Leagues," Atkins said. "I think he's a great selection. He will not be in awe, and he will handle himself well from a professionalism standpoint, and from an ability standpoint."
Indians manager Manny Acta made a trip to Lake County to watch Lindor play on an off-day earlier this season, and he was impressed with what he saw.
"He's a very good player," Acta said then. "He stands out a little bit, despite being just out of high school. He's got great body language and a lot of confidence in himself. You can see it. Regardless of the situation he's in, he looks like he's under control.
"He's going to be a good one."
Aguilar, 21, was signed by the Indians in 2007. The first baseman was hitting .295 with six home runs and 30 RBIs for Class A Carolina this season. Aguilar also had a .378 on-base percentage and 17 doubles in 65 games.
"With Jesus performing in the Carolina League as well as he is -- I think that's an outstanding choice as well," Atkins said. "Two very good representatives for us."
The 14th annual Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game can be seen live on MLB.TV, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on MLB.com's Gameday on July 8 at 5 p.m. ET. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on MLB Network Radio XM 89. 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/receive tweets to/from the U.S. and World team dugouts during the game by following @USDugout and @WorldDugout.
Major League Baseball, along with the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America and the 30 Major League baseball clubs, selected the 25-man rosters.
Justin Albers is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.