SAN DIEGO -- The White Sox were well represented at the 2016 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which took place on Sunday at the Padres' Petco Park.But the bulk of that representation came within the coaching staffs. The World Team beat the U.S. Team, 11-3, to secure its first Futures Game
SAN DIEGO -- The White Sox were well represented at the 2016 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which took place on Sunday at the Padres' Petco Park.
But the bulk of that representation came within the coaching staffs. The World Team beat the U.S. Team, 11-3, to secure its first Futures Game victory in seven years.
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Right-hander Carson Fulmer, 22, the top pick of the White Sox in the 2015 Draft and the eighth pick overall, pitched for the U.S. Team. The former Vanderbilt Commodore fared well, tossing a perfect seventh inning with two strikeouts to earn a hold. Of his 11 pitches, nine went for strikes.
Jim Thome, who is a special assistant to general manager Rick Hahn who made five All-Star appearances en route to hitting 612 career home runs, worked under manager Trevor Hoffman as the U.S. Team's hitting coach. Kirk Champion, the White Sox Minor League coordinator, had the honor of bullpen coach on the U.S. Team, while Ever Magallanes (first-base coach) and Luis Sierra (bullpen coach) were part of Moises Alou's World staff.
Sierra played in the White Sox system from 2007 to 2014 before turning to coaching.
"It's a privilege and an honor for me, for my family and my country to be part of the Futures Game," said Sierra, a native of Barranquilla, Colombia. "I'm so excited. It's my first All-Star selection. It's a weird feeling, but I'm excited."
Fulmer -- the 33rd-ranked prospect overall per MLBPipeline.com and Chicago's top prospect -- had a stellar Spring Training and was talked about as potential big league help for the '16 White Sox even though he had a mere 23 innings of professional experience entering the season. He has made 17 starts for Double-A Birmingham this season, posting a 4-9 record and 4.76 ERA, walking 51 and fanning 90 in 87 innings.
"I've talked before about how [Chris Sale] and [Carlos Rodon] sort of spoiled us [with] how quickly they moved out of college through pro ball up to the Major League level," Hahn said. "Carson being in Double-A already, basically now a year out of the Draft, is an accomplishment in and of itself.
"There have been some consistency issues, but it's not shocking on a normal development path."
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