On Tuesday, Major League Baseball announced one of the more exciting parts of its All-Star Week (at least, for prospect junkies), when it released the roster for the 2014 Futures Game.
Two Astros made the World Team's roster, but only one will play. Carlos Correa and Domingo Santana both made the team, but obviously, Correa's injury will make it unlikely for him to participate. Each team in MLB has a player on one of the 25-man rosters and no team can have more than two players, according to Baseball America article announcing the teams.
Houston is one of 19 different teams with two prospects on the rosters. Division-mates Texas and Seattle each have two, while Jeff Luhnow's former club, the Cardinals, also has two.
Before injuring his ankle while sliding into third base last weekend, Carlos Correa was hitting .325/.416/.510 for High-A Lancaster. He had six home runs, 16 doubles and six triples with 20 steals in 24 attempts. Correa also has a 15 percent strikeout rate and a 12 percent walk rate while being 3.7 years younger than the average age in the California League.
Baseball America recently listed Correa as one of the 10 hitting prospects who may be better than you think. Here's what Matt Eddy had to say:
The Astros’ top prospect injured his right ankle while sliding into third base on June 21 and had to be carried off the field. The injury clouds his immediate future, but certainly not his long-term viability. Just five minor league shortstops hit more extra-base hits (26) or drew more walks (35) than Correa in the first half, and his power, patience and feel for contact will make him one of the most dangerous hitters in the majors when he gets there.
Meanwhile, Domingo Santana has transitioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City this season and continued to hit for power. Santana has hit at least 20 home runs in each of the past two seasons and appears on pace for the same this season. In 337 plate appearances with Oklahoma City, he's hitting .295/.377/.493 with 12 homers, four steals, 21 doubles and a triple.
The only disturbing part of Santana's game is his whiff rate, as he's struck out more than 27 percent of the time in each of the past two seasons. In fact, the only time his K rate has been lower than 27 percent in his minor league career was in 17 games and 76 plate appearances for Low-A Lancaster in 2011.
What do you think? Did the Astros get fair representation on the teams? Would you have liked to see Mike Foltynewicz or Tony Kemp on the US team since Correa got hurt?