TORONTO -- The Blue Jays will have two of the best prospects in all of baseball representing them at the upcoming SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in Miami.Class A Lansing third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and shortstop Bo Bichette were named to the showcase that will take place on July 9
TORONTO -- The Blue Jays will have two of the best prospects in all of baseball representing them at the upcoming SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in Miami.
Class A Lansing third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and shortstop Bo Bichette were named to the showcase that will take place on July 9 as part of All-Star Sunday. Bichette, who is from Orlando will suit up for the U.S. and the Dominican Republic's Guerrero will play for the World Team.
The 2017 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game takes place on Sunday, July 9, at 4 p.m. ET at Marlins Park in Miami and can be viewed live on MLB Network and MLB.com.
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Guerrero is ranked as Toronto's No. 1 prospect by MLBPipeline.com and is No. 27 in all of baseball. Bichette started the year as the club's No. 5 prospect and is listed at No. 99 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 list. The rankings for both are expected to improve following an incredible first half for the Lugnuts.
Bichette entered play on Thursday leading the Midwest League in almost every major offensive category. He is first in average (.402), OPS (1.099), total bases (162), runs (52) and he's second with 47 RBIs. The second-round pick in the 2016 Draft was recently named to the All-Star team, and at age 19, he's one of the youngest players in his league.
Guerrero isn't too far behind. He's batting .309/.398/.855 with five homers and 40 RBIs in 64 games. Guerrero is just 18 years old, but he already has some critics suggesting he will be the best prospect in baseball within the next year or two. The son of the longtime Major Leaguer also recently was named to the Midwest League All-Star team and could receive a promotion to Class A Advanced Dunedin before the end of the year.
Major League Baseball, in conjunction with MLB.com, Baseball America and the 30 Major League Clubs, selected the 25 players on each team for the Futures Game. Each Major League organization is represented and players from all full-season Minor Leagues were eligible to be selected. Two Canadians made the cut, with San Diego's Cal Quantrill and Atlanta's Mike Soroka representing the World Team.
Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.