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Top prospect Jimenez called for Futures Game

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WASHINGTON -- Cubs top prospect Eloy Jimenez, who shined in last year's event, was named to the World Team for the Futures Game for the second consecutive year.

Catcher Victor Caratini also was named to the World Team but was promoted to the Cubs on Wednesday and will miss the event.

WASHINGTON -- Cubs top prospect Eloy Jimenez, who shined in last year's event, was named to the World Team for the Futures Game for the second consecutive year.

Catcher Victor Caratini also was named to the World Team but was promoted to the Cubs on Wednesday and will miss the event.

:: 2017 Futures Game coverage ::

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.

Now in its 19th year, the Futures Game features the top Minor League prospects competing in a nine-inning contest as part of All-Star Sunday. The U.S. Team leads the all-time series, 11-7. Last year in San Diego, the World Team defeated the U.S., 11-3, snapping a six-game U.S. winning streak.

Last year, Jimenez hit a three-run homer and a double and finished with four RBIs. He also made a tremendous catch that was the defensive play of the game.

Video: WLD@USA: Jimenez shows off skills in the Futures Game

Cubs manager Joe Maddon saw Jimenez in Spring Training this year.

"This kid is quite a talent, great kid, too, and very bright," Maddon said. "It's an easy conversation with him. He's open and he listens well and he adapts well. Besides being this physical specimen with all kinds of tools, he has something going on between his ears which I think will benefit him. I don't know when it will be, but he's going to be here at some point for a long period of time."

Ranked No. 1 among the Cubs' top 30 prospects by MLBPipeline, Jimenez, 20, was batting .269 in 33 games with Class A Myrtle Beach this season, hitting seven home runs, four doubles and one triple.

Major League Baseball, in conjunction with MLB.com, Baseball America and the 30 Major League clubs, selected the 25 players currently on each team. Each Major League organization is represented and players from all full-season Minor League teams were eligible to be selected.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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