Judge, Sanchez named to Futures Game
With All-Star Weekend just more than two weeks away, on Thursday Major League Baseball announced U.S. and World team rosters for the 2015 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, highlighting the league's top Minor League prospects. The Yankees will have two players and a coach represent them in the Cincinnati-based matchup, as Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and pitching coach Jose Rosado will all participate.
Judge, who will suit up as an outfielder for the U.S. team, is the Yankees' No. 2 prospect according to MLB.com. His heavy hitting earned a promotion to Triple-A ball on June 22 and he is the No. 57 prospect in all of baseball by MLB.com.
The 6-foot-7 Judge hit .284 with 12 homers, 16 doubles, three triples and 44 RBIs in 63 Double-A games. Since suiting up for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the right fielder has played in three games and tallied two RBIs. Judge was drafted in 2013 out of Fresno State.
Sanchez, rated as the Yankees' No. 7 prospect by MLB.com, will oppose Judge on the World roster. The catcher from the Dominican Republic is playing for Double-A and is hitting .256 with eight homers and 28 RBIs. The Yankees signed him in July 2009 for $3 million as a 16-year-old.
Rosado is the pitching coach of the Yankees' Double-A team and will be the World team's pitching coach under manager Tony Perez.
The 25 players on each team were chosen by Major League Baseball, the MLB Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America and all 30 of the Major League teams.
The 17th annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game takes place at 3 p.m. ET on July 12, and it can be seen live on MLB Network and MLB.com, with Matt Vasgersian, Dan Plesac, Heidi Watney and Jonathan Mayo on the call. In addition, SiriusXM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on MLB Network Radio (XM channel 89; Sirius channel 209). MLB.com will also provide complete coverage before, during and after the game. Fans can stay updated by following @FuturesGame on Twitter and can send/receive tweets to/from the U.S. and World dugouts during the game by tagging tweets with the hashtags #USDugout and #WorldDugout.